Sunday’s episode of “The Walking Dead” was touted by AMC as “Rick Grimes’ Last Episode.” By the end, however, the zombie action-thriller’s leading man appears to be 180 degrees from the show’s title: He isn’t walking, but he isn’t dead, either.
What that means for Rick, since this is the last series episode for the character and the actor who plays him, Andrew Lincoln, is anybody’s guess. But a series of TV movies will continue his story, AMC announced Sunday. But we’ll get to that.
At the end of last week’s episode, viewers saw Rick impaled on rebar jutting from a concrete slab after his spooked horse threw him as a swarm of walkers approached. But there was no way Rick was going to end up as zombie chow, which would have been an ignominious demise for the walker-slaying hero.
As Sunday’s episode opens, Rick is back in the hospital room where the series began. It’s clear he’s in a hallucinatory state as he’s talking to his bedridden earlier self, who had awakened from a coma to find the zombie apocalypse had started.
Back in the real world, the resourceful lawman pulls a MacGyver, throwing his belt over another piece of rebar and pulling himself up from where he had been pinned. He escapes on the suddenly calm horse and, in true selfless form, attempts to lead the walker horde away from his comrades’ camps even while bleeding profusely.
At the same time, junkyard Jadis (Pollyanna MacIntosh) – who has abandoned her alter ego Anne – is trying to escape from Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam), Rick and the other survivors after her secret partnership with a mysterious group that owns a helicopter is found out.
She has made a deal for exfiltration; she has to deliver a survivor, although she can’t bring herself to take Gabriel, with whom she has developed an emotional and romantic bond. The Jadis back story will play a significant role later in the episode.