The Walking Dead
Rick Grimes (Portrayed by actor Andrew Lincoln) seen in a scene from The Walking Dead TV series. Source: Instagram @amcthewalkingdead

As The Walking Dead TV series continues its laborious trek towards the series finale, one question remains on the minds of Walking Dead fans everywhere – Whatever happened to the Walking Dead movies that we were promised?

Walking Dead season 11 isn’t the end

Beyond The Walking Dead season 11, the spin-off was announced in the form of The World Beyond and the Walking Dead universe will live on via a Daryl and Carol spin-off, Fear The Walking Dead and Tales of the Walking Dead.

However, fans were teased 3 years ago about a Walking Dead movie trilogy featuring Rick Grimes (played by Andrew Lincoln), where he was supposed to make a sensational return to the Walking Dead universe on the big screen.

This was because following his departure from the TV series back in 2018, his character wasn’t killed off as per what viewers believed – he was captured by an organization called the Civic Republic Military after an explosion on a bridge; with his wife, Michonne, leaving the main show as well to look for him.

Director Greg Nicotero said back in July that he has read a variety of drafts of the script over the last few months, and when asked about the priority of the movies against the TV series, he said that he wished he knew.

Producer Gale Anne Hurt said back in August that the series itself has a large scope, and that the movie had to match the demands of a theatrical audience while continuing with the nuanced characters that people expect from TV series, hence the long wait.

Andrew Lincoln hiatus

Andrew Lincoln, who portrays Rick Grimes in the TV series, originally left the show so that he could spend more time with his family in the UK, citing the long commute to see them as overwhelming.

However, despite his departure from the show, he kept the door open for a return; although with the series now coming to an end (season 11 is the final season), it is highly unlikely he would be returning to the TV series.

However, the story of Rick Grimes was originally planned to be kept alive via the promised movie trilogy.

But the silence has been deafening, with the TV show carrying on without Rick as he gets replaced by a few characters, and leadership role being passed onto the other main characters like Maggie, Daryl, and Carol.

The show has seen some form of improvement but Rick’s absence has been keenly felt.

Andrew Lincoln himself hasn’t picked up any notable or noteworthy acting gigs since his departure, save for an appearance here and there in a movie or play.

Lincoln also joked that leaving the show was a “terrible decision” and that his family was probably sick of seeing him all the time by now; and we all know how all jokes contain little nuggets of truth, don’t we?

At the time of writing, there are no updates on the Walking Dead movies and fans have little to no choice but to wait, and wait.

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