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"And I like the idea that we get to tell a bigger story, maybe with a sort of wider vista", Lincoln said on "The Talking Dead", AMC's after-show about the zombie hit. But despite the series finale airing tonight, this isn't the end for everyone's favourite zombie slaying ex-cop.

"We have a lot on the horizon - starting with a new epic featuring one of the greatest leading actors in television history and one of the best people I've ever met", said Walking Dead chief content officer Scott Gimple in a statement.

Beloved father, fearless leader and unparalleled walker slayer Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) is departing "The Walking Dead" for good this weekend, but that doesn't mean his memory won't live on.

These films are the latest initiatives of Gimple's multi-year plan for The Walking Dead Universe, which allegedly has other projects in the works, including additional digital content, specials, and series.

The British star has played police officer-turned-survivor Rick Grimes in the post-apocalyptic USA series since its inception in 2010.

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Reaction to the announcement has been mixed.

"I wanted to finish telling his story in the way that we began it", he told The Hollywood Reporter. "Maybe it's the start of a bigger story".

"We know Rick Grimes, he would want to be home". In a brief snippet at the end of Sunday's episode, we saw many existing characters like Daryl, Carol and Michonne with varied haircuts and looks, emphasizing the passage of time. Can you talk a little bit about that and the new obstacles that the remaining members will be facing? We kind of deal with characters who were not able to find the closure that they wanted and that's definitely something that weighs on everybody.

With Lincoln wanting to spend more time with his family, the decision to branch out into feature films was a win-win for both the actor and AMC, who was looking for other ways to expand the franchise. "There is something exciting about moving toward an end game for Rick's story that appealed to me". What would you say to the fans that were ready to put Rick's chapter to rest? Either way, we're pretty excited to see Rick's next steps. Having passed away on October 6, the same day as his return to TWD was announced at New York Comic-Con, Wilson played Hershel Greene from 2011-2014 on the series based on Robert Kirkman's comics.