“Get some Kleenex and popcorn and friends together,” teased “The Walking Dead” showrunner Angela Kang about Rick Grimes’ (Andrew Lincoln) highly anticipated final episode, which airs Sunday, November 4 on AMC. “It’s a big, epic story,” she told Chris Hardwick during “Talking Dead” immediately following the airing of this week’s episode “The Obliged,” which ended with Rick seemingly at death’s door. Watch the preview trailer for Rick’s final episode above.
As for what viewers might experience during Rick’s send-off in Season 9, Episode 6, Kang revealed, “There’s heroism. You see a lot of story lines that have been set up coming to a head. We also propel forward into a lot of new stories [with] a lot of big twists that are coming up.” The sure-to-be-iconic episode is titled “What Comes After” and is written by Scott M. Gimple & Matthew Negrete and directed by Greg Nicotero.
In “The Obliged,” Rick becomes impaled on a piece of rebar when his horse gets spooked by a herd of walkers and bucks him off. Rick then closes his eyes as the monsters draw near. Based on AMC’s promo video, Rick later leads the herd to Atlanta on the empty freeway, mirroring the iconic publicity shots from the pilot episode. It’s unclear whether this is a dream sequence or something more, but suffice it to say that Atlanta, Georgia is quite a fair distance from Alexandria, Virginia.
More scenes/visions with Rick include him waking up in the Atlanta hospital from the pilot, sitting next to Shane (Jon Bernthal) in his police cruiser, hobbling across the recently built bridge, and standing atop hundreds of dead human corpses. “I’m looking for my family,” Rick is heard whispering. “It feels like it’s the ending.” Looking at him dead in the eyes, Michonne (Danai Gurira) then responds, “It’s not over. We don’t die.”
Over the past nine seasons Rick has gone through a whole hoard of drama, including dealing with the deaths of his wife Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies), his son Carl (Chandler Riggs), and countless friends. Find out how Rick’s “Walking Dead” story ends when “What Comes After” airs Sunday, November 4 on AMC.