The Walking Dead producer, Scott M. Gimple, confirms that Rick Grimes is in the Civic Republic Military’s custody, which has its base in Philadelphia. This will be the central setting for the Rick Grimes spin-off series.
While The Walking Dead may have come to an end, its tales will live on through its numerous spin-offs. One of them will deal with Rick Grimes, who was last seen on the show at the beginning of season 9.
Rick only returns for a surprise appearance in TWD’s series finale, where he appears to be wearing a CRM jacket and is surrendering to a helicopter above him. This scene also confirms what fans have long speculated: Rick was captured by the CRM, forced to work for them and now, is once again trying to make an escape.
In an interview with EW, Gimple teases that fans will easily be able to deduce Rick’s exact location if they pay attention to the skyline in the scene. Here is his statement:
“We know the helicopter is CRM, I mean, hell, we can see it on this jacket. So people could extrapolate beyond that, that the city may be associated with the CRM […] People have seen that skyline referenced already in the promotion. It’s been referenced before. I think people could connect those dots.”Scott M. Gimple
It’s no secret that the CRM’s base is in Philadelphia, as depicted in The Walking Dead: World Beyond. It’s also easy to guess that it’s the Philly skyline that Rick is looking at in TWD’s series finale.
This all but confirms that the yet untitled Rick Grimes spin-off will be set in and around Philadelphia.
It has been hinted that the spin-off will focus on Rick and his wife, Michonne, as the estranged couple tries to find each other despite all odds. It will also fill in details about Rick’s whereabouts since the last two seasons.
While this last bit may be too much for a six-episode spin-off to tackle, some fans hope that the couple will eventually reunite with their daughter, Judith Grimes, as well.
As of now, the spin-off does not have a release date but is expected to air sometime in late 2023.
About The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead is a neo-western horror drama that is based on the comic book series of the same name written by Robert Kirkman. It currently stars Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Lauren Cohan, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and others.
Rick Grimes, a sheriff’s deputy, wakes up from a coma to find that the world has just gone through a zombie apocalypse. He soon realizes that the world is divided into the zombies- the ‘walkers’- and a group of survivors who will do anything to survive.
The recent season, that is season 11, will adapt material from issues #175–193 of the comic book series and focuses on the group’s encounter with the Commonwealth, a large network of communities that has advanced equipment and almost fifty thousand survivors living in their different settlements.