These films, with the first beginning production in 2019, will be the first projects of Scott Gimple's "Walking Dead Universe", which is elaborated on a bit in the press below. Ultimately, Lincoln's wishes changed, and the pair came to a mutual agreement that Rick wouldn't bite the dust on The Walking Dead but would bow out in the ninth season after Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh) swoops in on a helicopter and rescues Rick, taking him to safety (and a new community) and leaving his family and friends to believe he had died.
Now, we see our survivors a year and a half after the end of the war, rebuilding civilization under Rick's steadfast leadership. "We've seen Netflix make these, basically, studio films for people to watch in their homes, and we're going to be doing the same sort of thing here". By making the unilateral decision to spare Negan, Rick upheld the values his late son, Carl, championed in order to build for the future, but created conflict within his group.
However, Walking Dead fans will have to wait for the upcoming TV movies to find out the fate of Rick.
Much of the episode - which picked up with Rick skewered by a metal pole and surrounded by zombies - reached back to the program's past, a magical mystery tour through its best (and better) days, featuring a number of cameos by since-departed regulars.
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He added that the movies will live in the same world as all other Walking Dead content, but that they'll focus on different stories. His story is only just beginning. Just as it seemed Rick was sacrificing himself to save the Hilltop from a massive zombie invasion, Rick survived what seemed like certain death and will remain a part of the Walking Dead franchise. "There are going to be shown on AMC, but they're going to have the scope of feature films".