Warning: Potential Spoilers for The Walking Dead ahead!
Fans of The Walking Dead have some kind of idea which characters are safe and which ones are zombie fodder.
At least, that’s what people think, but the comics series writer has just come out of nowhere and said straight up that one major character will definitely die.
In anticipation of the upcoming eighth series, which promises all out war, Robert Kirkman has put the fandom in a frenzy after confirming that former lawman Rick Grimes will definitely bite the proverbial bullet sometime soon, adding that ‘nobody is safe’.
No one is safe. Hopefully there have been points where you go: "Is this it? Is this where Rick dies?" And he doesn't.
One day, the moment will come where you go: "Oh my god, it is!"
[Rick dying] could happen any time between now and 50 years from now. 50 years, that's not gonna happen...
Rick is played by British actor Andrew Lincoln, and until now it was kind of assumed he would be safe from the dangerous zombies and the even more dangerous people who populate the post-apocalyptic wasteland that is The Walking Dead's universe.
He, along with Daryl - played by Norman Reedus - have been seen as a couple of the safer characters, despite Daryl not even existing in the comics.
The AMC show follows the comics pretty faithfully, so it stands to reason that whatever the creator of the comics says is going to happen, will happen.
It's uncertain just when Rick will turn into just another walker, but fans might expect him to survive the upcoming season, after the trailer shows Rick waking up as a visibly older man, presumably after some time unconscious.
Still, it's a sobering warning that none of our favourite characters are safe in The Walking Dead.
In the latest season, Rick is set to face up to perhaps the greatest foe he has ever faced, the sadistic Negan.
Negan has inflicted serious pain and suffering on not only Rick and his close cohort of friends, but on a number of independent communities in the burgeoning new world.
Andrew said of the opening episode of the new season:
We are going to have to come and bring one of the greatest episodes we've ever attempted, and we're going to start the season with it. And, it will be the hundredth episode, which is one of the greatest.
All this is sounding pretty positive for the upcoming season of a show which was drawing complaints from fans for dragging too much and just being too damn miserable.
But in slightly weirder news, is the revelation that The Walking Dead takes place in the same universe as Breaking Bad.
So, are The Walkers actually just meth-addled vagrants? Well not quite. The only thing linking the two series is a neat little Easter egg which appeared in the latest episode of Fear the Walking Dead.
For those who missed the nod to Breaking Bad it was when Madison (Kim Dickens) and Qaletaqa (Michael Greyeyes) entered the market and the song ‘Negro y Azul: The Ballad of Heisenberg' could be heard.
It's the catchy little ditty which features in Season Two of Breaking Bad.
According to Digital Spy, Showrunner Dave Erickson said:
I tried to be subtle with it. That was probably the moment when I fell the most deeply in love with Breaking Bad, when they did that cold open music video.
As we were looking for pieces to incorporate into this world, it had the right vibe to it. It's a gentle nod of admiration and adoration to [Breaking Bad creator] Vince Gilligan.
That's pretty ridiculous, but let's just accept it and move on. It won't matter to Rick after too long anyway.