Say it ain't so!
Robert Kirkman has never been afraid of dangling teasers for his legions of Walking Dead fans. He's even gone so far as to tell us who will die before it's all over. But with each new issue of #TheWalkingDead comics that comes out, revealing the deaths of more characters, it makes us wonder when will we have to say farewell to their on-screen counterpart.
Warning: The Walking Dead television show and #comicbook spoilers ahead!
The Death Of Rick Grimes?
Issue #163 (hitting shelves February 1) has fans chomping at the bit, waiting to grab the comic off shelves. The issue's cover features a familiar sight, walker hands reaching toward...whatever they reach toward. But check out the big surprise that might be in store for us:
Does one of those hands look familiar?
So far, the TV show #RickGrimes has avoided his comic counterpart's gruesome fate: In the comics, The Governor chops Rick's right hand off. Fans thought it was going to happen in the Season 7 opener, but he's kept all of his appendages thus far on the show.
Judging from the above cover, unless walkers have stolen Rick's hook and are parading around with it, it looks like Rick just might die and become one of them. Of course, this could just be #RobertKirkman's way of messing with our heads, but a look back at the past issue covers proves they've pretty much always hinted at what was to come in the issue itself (as covers do):
- Negan was introduced in issue #100:
Accurately sinister foreshadowing.
- Spencer found his guts in issue #110:
Gross - but not untrue.
And, of course:
- Tyreese gets Hershel'ed in issue #47:
Historically, #WalkingDead covers, when featuring a big character, have been straightforward rather than abstract or misleading. So seeing that hook reaching as one with the walkers is a very, very bad sign for Officer Rick.
More Rick awesomeness:
- Rick Grimes And His Dwindling Supply Of F**ks To Give: A ‘Walking Dead’ Timeline (NSFW)
- The Walking Dead: 7 Times Rick Grimes Was The Ultimate Badass
- Walking Dead Season 7 Premiere: Negan Has Completely And Utterly Broken Rick
More Issue #163 Goodies
Here are some fun facts, not theories, about this issue from the press release just issued.
- It Will Only Cost A Quarter
The issue will cost a bank-busting 25 cents when it goes on sale, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Image Comics.
- The Title
The title is “Conquered” and it will be the first issue after the end of the war with the Whisperers, where we saw #Negan and Rick join forces to fight the walker skin-wearing group of murderous survivors.
- The Variant Cover
One of the variant covers looks like this:
The other variant cover is just the black and white version of that one. It's probably just the artist having fun with a tease that Negan might actually be the one to buy the farm, but seeing Rick in Negan's leather jacket, holding his bat...that's some good stuff.
- It's HUGE
Typically, the comics clock in at about 30 pages. This one is a whopping 40 pages long! So, whatever Kirkman has to tell, it's going to take 10 more pages that usual.
Whatever happens, issue #163 is gonna be good.