After eight seasons of hope, heartbreak, tragedy, and triumph, Andrew Lincoln's Rick Grimes is set to depart the AMC's The Walking Dead with the next episode of season 9, 'What Comes After.' While we're still not sure what Rick's final fate will be, considering the condition and position he finds himself in going into his final episode…well… let's just say that the trailer below doesn't do much to make us feel confident that Rick's coming back for Thanksgiving dinners and Super Bowl parties.
Just a quick reminder: Jon Bernthal's Shane Walsh, Sonequa Martin-Green's Sasha Williams, and the late Scott Wilson's Hershel Greene will appear as either hallucinations or a flashbacks – hopefully as Rick is recovering from his wounds after being rescued:
The Walking Dead s09e05 'What Comes After': Rick is forced to face the past as he struggles to maintain the safety of the communities and protect the future he and Carl envisioned.
Last season brought the culmination of "All Out War," which pitted Rick Grimes and his group of survivors against the Saviors and their cunning leader, Negan. With Negan's life in his hands, Rick had a character-defining choice in front of him. By making the unilateral decision to spare Negan, Rick upheld the values his late son, Carl, championed in order to build for the future, but created conflict within his group.
Now, we see our survivors a year and a half after the end of the war, rebuilding civilization under Rick's steadfast leadership. It is a time of relative peace among the communities as they work together, looking to the past to forge the future, but the world they knew is rapidly changing as man-made structures continue to degrade, and nature takes over, changing the landscape and creating new challenges for our survivors.
As time passes, the communities confront unexpected obstacles, danger, and of course, walkers, but nothing quite prepares them for the formidable force they are about to encounter, which threatens the very idea of civilization that our survivors have worked so hard to build.
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, "The Walking Dead" reigns the number one drama on television among adults 18-49 for the last six seasons. The series is executive produced by chief content officer Scott M. Gimple, showrunner Angela Kang, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero, Tom Luse, and Denise Huth