Fans of The Walking Dead all flocked to their TV screens last night, as they were ready for the highly-anticipated episode where Andrew Lincoln's Rick Grimes would finally say goodbye. Promoted as the protagonist's last episode ever, many had been speculating ways for him to die since the season began.
However, Rick did not actually die in last night's episode, and it seems he is far from done with the franchise.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lincoln has signed on for three full-length, big-budget The Walking Dead TV films to premiere on AMC.
"There is more story to tell and we'll be telling it," the series' chief content officer Scott M. Gimple told THR.
Gimple is reportedly writing the first of the films, and production will begin in 2019. There is speculation filming might be done in the U.K., as one reason why Lincoln left The Walking Dead was to spend more time with his family back home in England.
"The story of Rick will go on in films," Gimple continued. "Right now, we're working on three but there's flexibility in that ... Over the next several years, we're going to be doing specials, new series are quite a possibility, high-quality digital content and then some content that defies description at the moment. We're going to dig into the past and see old characters. We're going to introduce new characters and new situations."
Reportedly, Lincoln and Gimple had planned for Rick to die in Season 8. However both of them really loved the character and ultimately found a new way to keep him alive which was both "logical" for the actor and beneficial for AMC.