Teasing something big and surprising is coming, The Walking Dead comicbooks latest issue, which inspires the AMC hit show, has included a blank variant cover and fans are speculating it may involve RickGrimes'(played by Andrew Lincoln) death.
The blank cover could suggest something major is comingas there has only been a blank cover four times in the history of the comics. Each time it is used it represents something important has taken place.
If the intrigue surrounding the blank cover was not enough, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman fuelled speculationwhen he shared details of the issue on Twitter.
He tweeted: Its almost like this issue is a big deal or something #nocomment.
Unsurprisingly, fans instantly began to speculate what is comment meant and if it had something to do with Rick’s death.
One fan replied: No Rick just no.
Another added: Youre actually about to kill him, arent you? At the hands of Brock Turner. Oh god
A thirdaddressed Robert directly and pleaded for mercy on Ricks behalf, writing:Kirkman. Seriously. You owe Rick’s character more than getting offed by a snivelling peckerhead like that. Comeee onnnn mannnn. God, I hope you know what you’re doing.
Fears surrounding Ricks death come following the previous issue, whichsawSebastian Milton from the Commonwealth try to kill Rick by shooting him in the chest.
The attack was in revenge for Rick taking away Sebastians mothers power in the Commonwealth.
Fans also have cause for worry after Roberts previous comments surrounding Ricks death.
In 2017, at New York Comic Con, he revealed:”No one is safe. 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. 50 years, that’s not gonna happen…”
Whats more, at New York Comic con the following year, he went even further: I know exactly how Rick Grimes dies in the comic book.
Its possible there will be some differences between the comic and the show. One of those is the death in the comic could happen in the next issue, or could happen 10 years from now. I could change my mind.
There have been 42 issues since the previous blank coverand the big storyline it teases could be any number of things.
A blank cover for issue 100 signalled GlennRhees (Steven Yeun)brutal deathwhichresulted in the issue that began the All-Out War.
As fans will know, the show can adapt comic storylines, so even if Rick dies in the comicsit does not mean he will perish in the AMC series.
For instance, Rick left in season nine of the show in mysterious circumstances when he was airlifted by a helicopter to an unknown location after being seriously injured. Actor Andrew leftthe show to concentrate on the upcomingspin-offfilms and his return has yet to be confirmed.Could he return to die?
Meanwhile, a The Walking Dead video game has teased Rick and Michonnes (Danai Gurira) paths could be set to cross again at some point in the future.
The Walking Dead season 10 premieres onAMCand FOX in October 2019.
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