“Simply put, there’s a vast ocean of shit you people don’t know shit about. Rick knows every fine grain of said shit… and then some.” — Abraham
The name says it all to tens of millions of fans of The Walking Dead.
Rick is your everyman, your average Joe who is suddenly thrust into a nightmare from which there is no escape. There is no 911 to call. Rick is forced to rise to the occasion or die.
The magic is every viewer can see himself as Rick and wonder if they could do any better. Deep down we know we couldn't. There is little doubt that we would have become Walker Bait somewhere around episode 2.
So the final episodes of Rick Grimes are promoted to death. Then in a true Walking Dead twist Rick lives only to make more films for AMC. The network is smart enough to know not to kill the goose that lays golden eggs.
Bravo to AMC. They had me going till the end.
As to Rick, there is no doubt that Andrew Lincoln is perhaps the greatest actor of our time.
Lincoln as Rick is forced to leave a comfortable civilized world behind him in order to face a madness that never ends.
To me his two best scenes are when he is forced to kill his best friend Shane and the first meeting with Negan and the slaughter of his friends.
It was time for Rick to leave. The Walking Dead was having major plot issues with endless episodes devoted to third string characters no one cared about. I suspect that was all budget related. We also began to lose interest as major characters we came to love died.
What is the future of The Walking Dead?
I have no clue. You cannot be a classic forever. All good things must come to an end. I suspect the show in its current form will sputter on for a while and then die. . . . or, after the deaths of the old cast members, morph into another version of the Dead.
As for Rick Grimes and AMC movies . . . My instinct is to lash out and scream NO, but let's wait and see. You never know.
Best Moment From Each Season
“Adolescence is a 20th century invention.”
— The Governor
“If I had known the world was ending, I would’ve brought better books.” — Dale
“Look at the flowers.”