The Walking Dead Showrunner Teasing Rick's Season 8 Death

During times of war, Rick Grimes is willing to do whatever it takes to keep his community and family safe on The Walking Dead. According to the AMC series' showrunner, that includes making the ultimate sacrifice.

Scott Gimple opened up about the tough times ahead for Rick Grimes in a recent interview, just as the series is set to begin production on its eighth season in Georgia. The showrunner's tease is consistent with series writer/creator Robert Kirkman's long running promise to kill Rick "eventually."

According to Gimple, Rick “will suffer any loss, even his own self to give his people and other people the life that they should live, where the world belongs to all of them and not just one person. A real life." It's something Rick has been striving for since leaving Atlanta. He had hoped to find some sort of civilization along the way but after encounters such as Terminus and the Governor, Rick realizes rebuilding the world on his own is the only viable option.

“That’s the only choice,” Gimple said. “So he’s willing to face the losses.”

This doesn't mean Rick would deal with the loss of someone close to him without a deal of grief. He is not becoming a cold-hearted leader despite the willingness to do what is necessary. “It isn’t that he’s willing to shake them off if they were to occur, or immediately rationalize them away,” Gimple says, “but he understands the enormity of what they are doing and the enormity of the possible cost.”

This all takes fans back to Rick's conversation with Michonne in Episode 7x12 which saw him telling his girlfriend that if either of them are to die, the other will have to continue their efforts in rebuilding the world. Killing Rick, however, would be a major deviation from The Walking Dead's comic book source material. Over 165 issues in (with the show at an equivalent of around issue 115), Rick Grimes is alive and well despite having only one hand and using the other to walk with a cane.

American Horror Story’ Season 7 Spoilers: Ryan Murphy Will Bring Back ‘Freak Show’ Characters; Showrunners ‘Still Exploring Season 4 In Season 7

The premiere of "American Horror Story" Season 7 is still several months away, and there has been no news regarding its plot. FX has released a couple of teasers that has led the show's fans to start speculating.

FX CEO John Landgraf confirmed to the media in October last year that there will, indeed, be a seventh season for the highly watched horror series. According to his statement, which can be seen on The Reporter Times, "AHS" was renewed as it uniquely "confronts our deepest fears with unmatched suspense and style.

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Since the finale of Season 6, multiple news outlets have reported that the upcoming "American Horror Story" Season 7 plot will related to a cruise ship. The very first hint regarding this possible plot line was seen at the finale of the "Roanoke" season. The camera was focused on a model ship that crashed to the floor.

Shortly after that, the show's official Twitter account released a teaser clip that showed the ocean - a scene that was reminiscent of "Dark Shadow," which is a 1960s soap opera. The social media video was captioned, "The Monsters are All Gone."

The show's co-creator, Ryan Murphy, told Entertainment Weekly last year that the upcoming season will be tied to one of the franchise's previous seasons. "We will be going back to some 'Freak Show' characters, deeper histories, and mythologies," Murphy confirmed. "We are sort of still exploring Season 4 in Season 7."

Since the "AHS" franchise started, it has always premiered in the first week of October with 12 episodes. However, its sixth season broke from that shell and premiered in mid-September with only 10 episodes. This change of pace led fans to believe that FX and Murphy have their attention divided due to another hit show "American Crime Story."