The Walking Dead season 9: Rick Grimes exit will be …

What will happen after Rick Grimes exit? The Walking Dead boss speaks out (Picture: AMC)

The Walking Deads return later this year will be bittersweet for fans as they have been dealt with the promise that Rick Grimes will be abandoning his team over the course of season eight, dead or alive.

In turn, plenty of question marks surround the zombie epic, mainly: Can The Walking Dead survive without its hero?

The Walking Dead boss Angela Kang who takes over from former showrunner Scott M. Gimple addressed fans fears and assured Ricks exit will be respectful.

The goal this season was just to pay homage to that character the character that brought us into the show, Kang told Entertainment Weekly.

Rick Grimes has been somebody that people have loved watching, just loved this characters journey. He is this man who was looking for his family, and found them, and lost many of them, but has fought on and on.

And I think thats meant a lot to people. And we just really wanted to be respectful of that character and send him off in a great way. So that was the charge for us this season.

The subsequent chapter, Kang explained: Will tell the story of the people going forward, because its never been a story just about this one man.

It started with him, but its always been a story about this group of people that have each others backs, that help each other survive, that help each other be more human.

After months of speculation, Andrew Lincoln confirmed he would be leaving The Walking Dead during last months San Diego Comic-con.

In a heartfelt speech, he told audiences: This will be my last season playing the part of Rick Grimes, Andrew said. I love this show, it means everything to me, I love the people who make this show I promise not to cry.

I am particularly fond of the people who watch the show, and this has been the most extraordinary amazing experience of my career and largely because of you guys and the relationship we have here and also in rooms across America and across the world.

He added: Were deeply, deeply proud of the work weve done this season, Angela is astonishing and leading with such class its enabling us to really breathe and deepen the relationships on screen.

I suppose what I wanted to say is, my relationship with Mr. Grimes is far from over There are two episodes that are my favourite episodes since the pilot. The rest of the cast is doing the greatest work Ive ever seen.

No one is bigger than the story, and the story is beyond incredible.

The Walking Dead returns to AMC and FOX UK this autumn.

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