“The Walking Dead” Creator Explains Why He Killed Off Rick Grimes In The Comics

Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) and Danai Gurira in "The Walking Dead"

The Walking Dead creator, Robert Kirkman, has revealed why he decided to kill off Rick Grimes in such a controversial way.

Kirkman created the comic book series on which the popular TV show of the same name was based. His comics revolved around the show’s protagonist, Rick Grimes, who awoke in a zombie apocalypse and relentlessly fought for a better world.

In the penultimate issue of the comics, Rick is shot to death by one of the weaker characters, Sebastian Milton. He comes back as a zombie before being killed for a second and final time.

Fans were in two minds about the divisive ending. For some, this seemed like an unfair way to kill of the series’ protagonist. Now, Kirkman has revealed why he chose such an anticlimactic fate for Rick Grimes.

Speaking to Comicbook.com at The Walking Dead season 10 premiere, he said: “Rick Grimes fixed the world to the point where he was so safe that he could be killed by the weakest character in the book. It’s a statement on how good of a job he did.”

He added: “At no point in the history of the comic could he have been killed that way. It wasn’t until the very end that he was able to relax.”

Season 10 of The Walking Dead premieres on AMC October 6.