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Details About the Unused Alternate Ending

RJ gets his father's hat.

Rick and Michonne’s son had a bigger part to play in another ending.
Image: AMC

did you hear? The living Deadone of our generation determine TV programs, ended last weekend. In addition to packing in as many core stories as possible, the big reveal was something from our very own Rob Bricken described as “everything anyone still watching the show wanted to see.” However, the ending you saw was not always a certainty. As a result, an alternate, more comic book-inspired ending was filmed, before being dropped in favor of what aired last weekend.

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So, as you probably know or don’t care about being spoiled if you’re still reading, The living Dead’The movie’s big ending saw the return of both Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne (Danai Gurira). Not together, but in very mysterious individual circumstances which will be explained in the Rick and Michonne tv program. However, there was no guarantee that AMC would get those two actors back. so as a cover, the filmmakers shot a different ending that didn’t make sense with Rick and Michonne’s crowd-pleasing ending (which was apparently taped a few months ago).

What was that ending? We will, according to Insiders, it would have jumped forward several years and picked up with Judith and Rick Jr. as adults, in the same place outside of Atlanta where we first saw Daddy Rick in the pilot. Here’s the breakdown.

After Daryl drove off, we continued on to the Freedom Parkway, outside of Atlanta, where Rick’s iconic shot rolled down from the pilot. See an ethanol-modified van, with a young woman and a man in the front seats (in his twenties). And through the scene, we realize it’s adult RJ and Judith. Other adult versions of the kids are in the back – Coco, Gracie, etc. They’re out there, looking to escort any survivors back to their communities. Continuation of their parents’ legacy. As RJ speaks over the radio, he ends with, “If you can hear me, answer back. This is Rick Grimes. (Which, of course, is his name – and the line Rick said in the pilot.) Then we end with a survivor’s voice responding, “…Hello?”

That ending was more in line with how Walking dead creator Robert Kirkman chose to end his comic book series and wasn’t just a mirror for the first episode. But once Lincoln and Gurira returned, the adult children’s ending didn’t quite fit and it was cut. In addition, seeing new actors in those roles was thought to cause disconnection.

Do you think that was the right choice? Was it more important to showcase the fans’ favorite characters or to have a more cohesive, emotional beat? Let us know what you think below.

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