The Walking Dead is without a doubt one of the most divisive shows on television, partly down to its huge popularity with people across the globe. Could there be the biggest plot twist in history still to come, and right around the corner, though?

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes / Credit: AMC

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes / Credit: AMC

Now it’s rumoured that Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) could die in the fight against Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) in upcoming episodes of the zombie apocalypse show.

Speaking to TVLine, showrunner Scott Gimple explained: “[He will suffer any loss] to give his people and other people the life that they should live, where the world belongs to all of them and not just one person. A real life. That’s the only choice. So he’s willing to face the losses.”

He added: “Rick will suffer any loss, even his own self,” so could we be about to see the show’s lead and fan-favourite character bow out of the series with the upcoming slew of new episodes?

We highly doubt it, but those who work on The Walking Dead certainly aren’t afraid to throw a curveball our way every once in a while.

Though it’s based on the Robert Kirkman comic books of the same name, the series has often deviated from its source material, but never so far as to wipe out a character as integral to the story as Rick.

Exactly who would lead the charge if Rick DID die would be anybody’s guess. Personally, we think Maggie would make a darned good leader after everything she’s been through.

The Walking Dead returns later this year to AMC in the US and FOX in the UK for the start of its eighth season.

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