‘The Walking Dead’ creator responds to speculation Rick Grimes could die next

“I don’t expect that,” Robert Kirkman says

The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman has responded to rumours that Rick Grimes could be the next main character killed off in the show.

Spoiler: The latest episode of the US zombie drama saw Rick’s son Carl die, a storyline that proved controversial among fans.

In the same episode, Rick is seen bleeding against a tree during a flashforward scene, leading fans to speculate that the show’s protagonist could die next.

However, after actor Andrew Lincoln admitted that he was “very worried” when he first read the script and that it “doesn’t look good”, creator and comic writer Robert Kirkman has dismissed such speculation.

“I don’t expect that,” Kirkman has told The Hollywood Reporter. “That’s not an intention there.”

“I’ve said from the very beginning that no one is safe. I do strongly feel like the show could survive without a Rick Grimes. There’s certainly a lot of story to tell without that central character.”

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in ‘The Walking Dead’

“I’ve talked a lot about how Rick Grimes will definitely die in the comic book series at some point before the series’ conclusion, just because I want to make sure everyone knows that no one is safe.”

“But I don’t think you should read too much into that.”

Last year, Kirkman reiterated that “no one is safe,” adding: “Hopefully there have been points where you go, ‘Is this it? Is this where Rick dies?’ And he doesn’t.”

“One day, the moment will come where you go, ‘Oh my god, it is!’ It could happen any time between now and 50 years from now.”