It’s another end of an era. The Walking Dead Comic Book Series has been going strong for 192 issues. But the series just shocked fans with its latest issues.
Sebastian shoots Rick in the climax of Walking Dead #191.
The current arc of Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, Cliff Rathburn, and Rus Wooton’s The Walking Dead has seen tensions simmering in the Commonwealth—a 50,000-strong, well-guarded civilization in the American Midwest that represents the closest thing to the pre-apocalypse Rick Grimes and The Walking Dead’s survivors have ever encountered—after the Hilltop and Alexandrian survivors entered the scene, amid brewing troubles in the society’s tiered, class-based structure helmed by the Commonwealth’s governor, Pamela Milton.
The prior issue saw Milton order her forces to engage Rick and Michonne’s people, only for Rick to pull everyone back from the brink with an impassioned speech about the hope he now feels for the future of humanity in the wake of everything he and his friends have been through—with a rallying subversion of his infamous “We are the Walking Dead” cry from the comic’s iconic prison arc. While Milton’s forces and Rick’s group stood down because of it, the uneasy peace was shockingly, seemingly disrupted almost immediately when—the same night Rick pulled the Commonwealth away from potential civil war—Milton’s son Sebastian snuck into Rick’s room and shot him, blaming him for his mother’s loosening grip on power in the Commonwealth.
The issue ended with Rick’s fate unclear, if, well, clearly very grim. There was always the possibility that, just as he had recently in The Walking Dead TV show, he could escape a seemingly dire fate and live to survive another day, as he has time and time again. But as today’s Walking Dead #192 replays those fateful moments and continues to linger, it becomes clear:
After 16 years, Rick Grimes, one of modern comics’ most enduring characters, is dead.
The moment is neither grandiose or full of fury, as you might expect out of the final end of the man who has basically been The Walking Dead’s protagonist from the get-go. Rick dies, alone, bleeding out on his bed. When Carl goes to see if his dad wants to go to breakfast he is confronted by a reanimated Rick. Carl promptly put him down with a bullet to the head.
The series has seen many characters come and go over the years. Now that Rick is gone the only recognizable characters left are Maggie, Michonne, and of course, Carl. The comic book series will now navigate the same seas of uncertainty as the television show did a season ago when actor Andrew Lincoln left the show. Where does the Walking Dead go without Rick Grimes? Expect Robert Kirkman to lay the groundwork for a big surprise as the series marches towards its 200th issue. In issue 100 we got the arrival of Negan who brutally murdered Glenn. What will issue 200 bring? Guess we will wait and see.
Good luck trying to find this issue in comic book stores right now too, it is selling out and selling out fast!
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