Reach for the skies — it sounds like Sheriff Rick Grimes could be coming back to The Walking Dead. It’s been over a year since Andrew Lincoln jumped ship as the ‘lead’ of the hit zombie series, but barely a day goes by that fans aren’t clawing for answers about his potential return.
Instead of going full Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead spared Rick his ‘explosive’ ending and instead saw him fly off in a helicopter to a mysterious location. Where Rick has gone and what’s going on in the wider Walking world is expected to form the basis of three Rick Grimes movies.
Speaking to Deadline, showrunner Angela Kang tipped Rick for a potential return after his silver screen segue. When asked about when we could see that gruff leader back on the series, Kang replied, “Not this season, but man, I would love it if he did.”
She went on to explain why Lincoln stepped away from The Walking Dead for the first time since its 2010 debut. “You know we were talking about having him direct something for a while”, said Kang. “But then he wanted to focus on some acting stuff, and he didn’t want to drop out on us at the last minute if something came along, and you know he’s been doing a movie lately.”
Expanding on where Rick’s story goes in his trilogy, Kang admitted, “I mean, you probably know more than I do, but you know, he’s…yeah, the door is always open. Andy, you can come back any time.”