The Walking Dead's Rick Grimes is getting his own movie trilogy spin-off

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Warning: Spoilers follow for this week's episode of The Walking Dead. The former Deputy Sheriff, who has been the heart and soul of this series over the past eight-and-a-half seasons is departing, and AMC have made sure to cash in on that fact. For the longest time, it looks like Rick is done for.

So much happened during the episode and after it that another major The Walking Dead story got buried in all the excitement.

Now, we see our survivors a year and a half after the end of the war, rebuilding civilization under Rick's steadfast leadership. Shooting a movie for two or three months is far easier, schedule-wise, than basically living in Atlanta for most of the year to shoot The Walking Dead.

It was revealed in episode five - which was shown in the USA on Sunday and airs in the United Kingdom on Monday - Rick does survive.

The announcement comes after this week's episode, which saw Rick seemingly mortally wounded and sent off by the helicopter that Jadis has previously been in contact with, sent to an unknown locale.

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Last season brought the culmination of "All Out War", which pitted Rick Grimes and his group of survivors against the Saviors and their cunning leader, Negan. According to Gimple, some of the future films will "relate to The Walking Dead as fans know it while others will be standalone stories that break into new creative territory".

The first film is expected to begin production as early as 2019.

These are the first projects in development from Gimple since being named chief content officer overseeing the "Walking Dead" universe.

"We believe this is a world and narrative with many possibilities and opportunities for character development and we're excited to expand the series into a franchise that can live across multiple formats", said David Madden, president of original programming for AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. 'We know Rick Grimes, he would want to be home'.

"But I'll just - it was the goodbye, the goodbye was unbelievable, you know, 'cause it's everybody that's worked with me for - alongside the show, you know, for nine years".

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