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The Walking Dead: Are The Rick Grimes Movies Dead In The Water?



If AMC and Skybound can’t get the Rick Grimes movies off the ground before 2021, having him return to the televised medium is the next best thing. Skybound’s Walking Dead movies have been in pre-production for the past year, though hardly any developments have been made since. Could this be a sign that production is at a stand-still?

Originally, when word got out that AMC and Skybound were developing a trilogy of Walking Dead movies, it was all anyone could talk about. But now that over a year has passed, excitement is beginning to wane. Chief Content Officer Scott S. Gimple offered fans a small update during a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, confirming that the movie script is still being worked on. Gimple also pointed out that a director has yet to be named.

Chief Content Officer Scott S. Gimple offered fans a small update during a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, confirming that the movie script is still being worked on. Gimple also pointed out that a director has yet to be named. Since the films are presumably delayed until further notice, Skybound may have to rethink their marketing strategy centered around Andrew Lincoln. The actor is recognized as one of the most prominent Walking Dead characters, but that time is coming to an end.

One argument that could be made is Lincoln will decide not to reprise his role as Rick Grimes. Lincoln spoke of how he was leaving The Walking Dead to spend more time with his family on multiple occasions, implying that he wouldn’t come back if asked.

On the other hand, having Lincoln return to the television series might be the only viable option at this point. If AMC and Skybound can’t get the Rick Grimes movies off the ground before 2021, having him return to the televised medium is the next best thing. They’d still have to convince Lincoln to return to shoot in the United States but reducing the time he’s needed for can work as a suitable compromise.

The good news is Lincoln’s character has the perfect reason to return: his kids. Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) met an untimely demise in Season 9, but Judith (Cailey Fleming) and RJ (Antony Azor) are still around. Michonne (Danai Gurira), the matriarch of their family is too, but she’ll be gone before Rick Grimes gets the chance to come back.

Another reason Rick Grimes is needed is that the Negan threat has slowly begun to resurface. He’s quietly infiltrated the Whisperers, and it’s only a matter of time before Negan becomes their leader.

Once he assumes control of the skinwalker group, Negan will have everything necessary for dominating the world of The Walking Dead yet again. The Whisperers are known to be savage and relentless, which is exactly what Negan sought out when he recruited people to the Saviors. Of course, his plans could hit a major setback if Rick were to intervene.

Rick Grimes returning to Alexandria also presents the show’s producers with the unique possibility to add more to the CRM story. The clandestine group will play a pivotal role in next year’s companion series entitled World Beyond, although setting up CRM’s arrival with a few more episodes of The Walking Dead may benefit the series in the long run. Mind you, The Walking Dead: World Beyond will only run for two seasons.

Nevertheless, AMC and Skybound need to make a decision on The Walking Dead’s future. Either they fast-track the movies, so they’re released in late 2020, or choose an appropriate time to reintroduce Andrew Lincoln to the show. The ball is in their court now.

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