Endings are natural. In its zeal to depict a post-apocalyptic world where no one is safe, The Walking Dead has killed off a lot of characters, so on the surface, it would seem to understand that idea very well. With its revolving door of cast members and showrunners, the show has superficially embraced change, all the while maintaining a certain underlying status quo.

When news broke this summer that the show’s star, Andrew Lincoln, would be leaving The Walking Dead in its ninth season, we didn’t know what the fate of his character, Rick Grimes, would be. It was probably too much to hope that he would ride off into the sunset. Yet while it might seem like common sense that Rick would simply be fed into the meat-grinder, there was always a chance that the show would find a way to write him off without killing him.

If so, he wouldn’t be the first character to disappear and be kept on hand for a later possible comeback. Other Season 1 names like Morgan, Merle, and Morales (remember that guy?) had exited the show, only to reappear seasons later as guest stars or even full-fledged recurring characters. Following last night’s episode, “What Comes After,” we now know how that squares with Rick’s fate. Let’s dive into heavy spoilers about Rick Grimes and how his 120-episode arc reflects what is arguably a fundamental flaw in The Walking Dead: namely, its early mission statement to be the “zombie movie that never ends.”

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the walking dead movies

This Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead bid goodbye to its grizzled lead of nine seasons — or did it? Andrew Lincoln made a highly publicized exit from the AMC zombie show Sunday night, but it seems like that won’t be the last we’ll see of former Sheriff Rick Grimes.

AMC is expanding the Walking Dead franchise into multiple The Walking Dead movies, set to be headlined by Lincoln. Which answers the question to Sunday night’s episode, titled “What Comes After”, pretty clearly.

Spoilers for Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead below.

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walking dead season 9 trailer

The Walking Dead, AMC Network’s current pride and joy, continues to shamble forward like the rotting corpse of an undead walker. A new The Walking Dead season 9 trailer just debuted at San Diego Comic-Con International, and you can watch it below right now. Read More »

andrew lincoln leaving the walking dead

UPDATE #2, 7/19/2018: The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman has commented about Lincoln’s departure. Read his comments below.

UPDATE: We’ve got new details on how The Walking Dead will continue without Andrew Lincoln. Our original story from May 29 with updated information follows below.

All long-running television shows eventually start shedding their leading characters…and AMC’s The Walking Dead has never been shy about shedding them directly into a meat grinder. The ever-popular zombie series has killed plenty of folks over the years, but Andrew Lincoln‘s Rick Grimes has always seemed untouchable, the one person on the buffet who would avoid becoming zombie chow.

But it seems that Lincoln is looking to exit the series after season 9, which means his license to survive is about to expire.

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Jon Bernthal Waking Dead season 9

Jon Bernthal‘s career has really taken off since his Walking Dead days, but the actor isn’t against staying true to his roots. Bernthal will return for The Walking Dead season 9, just as his former co-star Andrew Lincoln exits the show.

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Walking Dead season 8 trailer

Last October, AMC renewed its long-running, highly popular zombie series, The Walking Dead, for season 8. The upcoming season premiere will be the series’ 100th episode. There’s still no end in sight for the show, which is based on Robert Kirkman‘s comic book series. The brass at AMC don’t even know how the series will conclude, but in the meantime, we attended the show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel and learned what they have in store.

Below, check out new The Walking Dead season 8 trailer and read everything you need to know from the panel.

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love actually sequel

We’ll probably never get a proper sequel to the 2003 romantic comedy gem Love Actually, but we’ll make do with a ten-minute short film starring many of the original cast members that was produced to raise money for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day. The new trailer for this project, titled Red Nose Day Actually, is here and it shows off many members of the original cast…and asks you to decide which of them has aged the best.

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Love Actually 2 Photos - Red Nose Day Actually

Last month, the day after Valentine’s Day, we learned that the ensemble romantic comedy Love Actually was getting a sequel. Sort of. Instead of being a feature film reunion, the cast of the film from director Richard Curtis was reuniting for a short film in honor of the charitable initiative by Comic Relief known as Red Nose Day.

The Love Actually sequel is called Red Nose Day Actually, and the short is in production right now and will debut later this month on TV. For those who can’t wait to get a glimpse of the sequel, Red Nose Day program director Emma Freud has been on set, and she’s revealed out first look at the returning cast. There’s Hugh Grant, who is still Prime Minister and still married to the lovely Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson and his much older son played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and Rowan Atkinson who is still taking his sweet time at the check out counter.

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Walking Dead Red Nose Day

Yesterday, NBC followed through with their latest tradition of an annual Red Nose Day special, a star-studded fundraiser that helps support projects in some of the neediest communities in the U.S. and some of the poorest communities in the world. All of your favorite stars turned out for this event last night including Elton John, Julia Roberts, Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Jeff Goldblum, Margot Robbie and literally dozens more.

Not all of the fun from last night’s show is worth highlighting, but there were two segments that we just couldn’t pass up. One features the return of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele to TV sketch comedy while the other has Norman Reedus and Andrew Lincoln from The Walking Dead imagining their own Red Nose Day special akin to the Star Wars Holiday Special.

Watch both the Key & Peele and Walking Dead Red Nose Day video after the jump. Read More »

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Walking Dead comic con 2015

This fall marks the return of The Walking Dead, and that means AMC returned to Hall H to tease the forthcoming sixth season of the comic book adaptation.

After the jump, we share what we learned about the forthcoming season, including tidbits about the dynamic between Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Morgan (Lenny James); a couple new cast members; who wants Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Rick to get together; and just how many walkers we’ll see in the season premiere.

First of all, if for some reason you happen to be behind on The Walking Dead, you’ll be able to catch up on five seasons on five Sundays starting on July 26th at 2:30pm Eastern and continuing for five consecutive Sundays after that. Otherwise, if you’re not caught up, you might not want to keep reading The Walking Dead Comic Con 2015 panel recap after the jump. Read More »