MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!
Well folks, Rick Grimes is dead. The former sheriff who introduced us to the zombie apocalypse and survived hell and back is gone for good. Thankfully, our comic discussions are here to stay! Since this is a community, we’d love to hear how YOU reacted to Issue 192. Did this meet your expectations? Did you wish it happened differently? What do you think should happen in the story next? Tell us that and more in our comments for a chance to win a Robert Kirkman-signed copy of the issue!
Previously: Governor Milton ordered her soldiers to attach Rick and his followers, but Rick wasn’t looking for a fight. He gave an impassioned speech to make sure the progress they’d made as a community wasn’t squandered in another pointless war. Milton was then imprisoned by Mercer, and the legend of Rick Grimes grew. He returned home to get some sleep when an unexpected visitor appeared: Sebastian Milton. Then Sebastian shot Rick.
RIP Rick Grimes!!! he had a good run, and now it is time to show how badass Carl is! I am looking forward to this new era for TWD.
First off, RIP Rick Grimes. A hell of a life in the post-apocalypse world he had, what a legacy he leaves behind! You know what Rick’s death proves to me more than anything? DAMN TEENAGERS WILL ALWAYS FIND A WAY TO FUCK SOMETHIN UP! ESPECIALLY teenage boys (to answer your question, yes I have teenage boys in my house and I have been through the ringer already!). Rick’s death proves this age-old point for sure about teenagers. Horribly impulsive, trainwreck decisions followed by crazy consequences and then varying levels of regret. Whether it’s Sebastian shooting Rick or the teenager living next door to ya trying to light his farts on fire and potentially burning down his parents’ house, teenage trainwrecks are inevitable. Also proven to me by Rick’s death was WATCH OUT FOR THEM ONLY CHILDREN WITH NO SIBLINGS! I knew Sebastian’s little white privileged-ass and his sense of entitlement and the whole “Me, me, me, the world centers around me!” was going to do something bad to our beloved Survivors group but I didn’t think it would involve killing Rick! One question- now that Rick Grimes is in heaven/the afterlife/whatever you want to call it, does his right hand grow back and his fucked-up knee get magically fixed?? When Dwight runs into him, he’s gonna be like “What the fuck are you doing here so soon?! Didn’t think I’d see you here for a lotta years!” Now that Carl wears the pants in the apocalypse, can’t wait to see that Old Man Carl drawing that was making the rounds on the internet a few years ago come to life in Walking Dead issue #900! IF CARL DIES WE RIOT! Please don’t kill Carl!! And time for Carl and Lydia to have some kids in the future so the Grimes bloodline can continue well into the future!!!
Dear mr kirkman
I’m a huge fan of the walking dead series and my heart breaks for the second time in this series,the first time was after the whisperer war when Andrea got bit and died and I was wondering,Is there by any chance that the characters from the walking dead telltale series will appear in the future issues?Characters such as:Javier or Clementine.Also is there by any chance that there will be more walking dead games which are connected to the Comic series?
Farewell, Rick Grimes, you will be missed. The end of of the preceding issue sealed your fate, so we had enough time to mourn you. Still, it was hard to see you go. At one moment, I hoped that Sebastian will run away. But he finished the job. At least you didn’t suffer for too long. It was even harder to see you die again, now as a walker. Poor Carl, it was a pure reflex. Shoot to kill. Such irony… Died after he averted the war… Just like Paul in All Quiet on the Western Front, who lived to die at the very last moment.
Carl is strong. He may be broken and shattered now, but he will go on, till the end of TWD. Him and Sophia are the last ones of the original characters. They will make it.
Last few pages were heartwarming. So many people going to Alexandria just to honor Rick. Well done, Kirkman, I doubt Rick’s last chapter could have done better. And also Carl’s next chapter of life after Rick.
Can’t wait to see what is in the store next. With Rick gone, other characters may shine, especially neglected ones. And new characters. But before we get to that, we have to deal with our long (un)forgotten King Negan first, because he’s definitely coming back!
I’m just very, very said. I lost my favorite comic book character of all time today… Wish he would have gone down swingin.
*I doubt Rick’s last chapter could have been done better, jeez.
RIP Rick. A damn great guy til the end. I’m kinda happy and sad that he’s gone at the same time. When Carl’s done mourning he’ll only become more badass. Hope Rick does end up buried nxt 2 Andrea.
So…. it happened. If I said I wasn’t expecting this to happen, I would be lying. I thought with issue 200 nearing that our beloved Rick Grimes would meet his fate. I’m not angry that Rick is gone. I’m sad, just totally down today, because this icon is gone. However the fact he died in itself does not make me angry. What makes me angry and irritated is HOW and WHY and WHEN. Death isn’t fair, but this is fucking Rick Grimes you know? I wanted a more Andrea style death from him. Heroic, an act of sacrifice, like anything other than what happened. However here we are, the “HOW” the great Rick Grimes dead via Sebastian the prick. Rick has been through so much, he more than anyone deserved a place like Commonwealth and I’m sad he won’t get to see it thrive. The “WHY,” because some spoiled ass kid wasn’t getting his way. I HATE THAT SPOILED KIDS STILL EXIST IN THE APOCALYPSE. He doesn’t even have remorse. He is shit. Now the worst part to me by far…… is the “WHEN.” Why….. WHY did this have to happen when we find a civilized place, why do we have to go by laws now? WHY does Carl have to be the bigger person? WHY AFTER EVERYTHING. I’m so frustrated. Trust me, I get this, it’s a new age. We are rebuilding society. We finally have a large community and the world is falling back into place. But Mr. Kirkman you can’t make me like this. I’m just sad. It’s a sad day. I’ve been thinking I was going to cry in this issue for being sad or upset. But seeing everyone want to pay respects to Rick just made me lose it, I’m literally tearing now just typing this. I feel so badly for Carl. I hope, so much more than anything in the world he can push through this and become the leader we so desperately need. While I may not like what happened, this was so beautifully written, so thank you for that. This is truly the end of a spectacular era. Thank you to everyone involved with making this story happen for so long.
R.I.P. Rick Grimes
I’m going to lay in bed and cry now.
Rest in peace Rick, looks like you outlived anyone’s expectations. I’m gonna miss ya like Hell, but it’s time for Carl to step up and do what he knows he has to do. Putting a bullet into that sniveling little prick’s head is top of that list I hope. I’m looking forward to many more years…
I just.. I can’t. “I can’t go on without him. I can’t do this… not anymore.” Boy do I feel that right now. What a shock. I made every excuse in the world for Rick to survive. I was even concocting this off the wall idea that he would slip into a coma just like how it started. He survived being shot before, right?! But, no. This hurts. I cried. No, I sobbed. I called my boyfriend and we talked it through together. I just can’t believe I have to say goodbye to someone I’ve known for 16 years. But hre it is… rest in POWER Rick Grimes. Goodbye old friend. 16 years was not enough time with you. You will be missed.
Oh my. I have dreaded this day!
R.I.P. Rick Grimes
Holy hell I always said I would be ready for when Rick dies, but this proves I just WASN’T.
Honestly, the way he died just makes sense. He fought for the Commonwealth, he fought against the type of social structure they developed, he fought for the common people, and he fought to keep the community alive as a piece of the way the world was before the dead.
Sure, I wish he could’ve gotten a badass ending, but in a way, it was an ending he fought for. Not by the dead, but in a community/place that felt like home, like the world before the dead walked. He died the way anyone could die in this day and age, either by old age, illness, or someone taking that life too soon. Honestly I would rather see Rick die like this than in a horde of zombies, getting bit, or living till he was old and grey. He died defending the commonwealth in a way, defending what they needed to be, and in the end becoming a Martyr.
Seeing Carl grow from this will be hard, but I’m excited to see how he’ll overcome this.
Wow truly the end of an era. I always knew Rick was gonna die but I didn’t know how or when. Unlike everyone else who was expecting some type of over the top death, this just feels right to me. This might be favorite issue ever. Everything about is simple but very impactful. Carl finding walker Rick and putting him down is my favorite part. I know a lot of fans are upset and saying that they’re never reading again lol but I’m very excited to see how Rick’s death will affect/change everyone. And I’m super excited to see how Carl will handle this. Great job Kirkman!
Gonna miss rick! He was such a calming entity for many of the survivors and excited to see what they do without him.
rick grimes was a character who taught people what living means. sure, he may not have been real, but he fans felt love for him all the same. through both the show and the comics, he showed the world that it doesn’t always have to end when hope seems to run out. though the loss of such an important character certainly hurts, our comics will continue to grow, and move forward.
RIP comic Rick. The torch has been passed. Hoping for old man carl in the future of the comic.
I’m sorry but this absolutely ruins the series. I’m mean that’s really the way that you planned for Rick to go? …. He should have gone down in a blaze of glory…. Worst ending for a main character EVER!
I feel like spencer right now. By the way, did they bury his guts too? Or just his body? I don’t know. But Richie is really gone. I can’t believe it. For a decade now I’ve followed this comic series. Rick really feels like a family member. Rest In Peace Richie fucking fuckity grimes. You will be missed. Yet rick will live on with Carl.
HOLY COW. What an opening couple of pages. Never expected Rick to turn … speechless I love kirkman and his creations Gonna be stange without Rick .
R.I.P. Rick, this are very bad news 🙁 but i think this is a good turn for the future of the comics and Carl. I am very much looking forward to the further developments.
This was definitely a direct result of the show and fairly lackluster. It wouldn’t have be a terrible turn of events if it wasn’t wholly unoriginal.
As shocked as I am to see Rick die in the newest issue I can’t wait to see how Carl will live with this and how he will carry his fathers Legacy.
Been collecting from the beginning! Have ever issue of the book and most variants. So sad to see my favorite comic book character get killed today but it was a great run for Rick . So many close calls I guess you could say it was bound to happen. Rest In Peace Rick Grimes the book will surely miss you as will I ! Here is to Carl and Negan coming together to take charge!
To the end of an era! *clink*
I wish I could say this shocked me. But Robert Kirkman himself spoiled it. Long ago he said that Rick Grimes would die by the end of the comic’s run. That is a huge richard move on his part. I beg/implore/plead to Robert Kirkman that he not spoil anything else about The Walking Dead. It is my favorite comic book of all time and I don’t want anything else to be spoiled.
A magnificent issue. A truly moving end to Rick. An amazing bow-out from the incredible Stefano. I loved so much about this issue — the way Sebastian clearly didn’t even intend to pull the trigger, the way Carl pulled it so instinctively, his breakdown at the end, and that beautiful panel of all the characters including a few new faces I think (although how was Pamela still in the carriage?!!). Seeing zombie Rick was truly traumatic — more horrific even than Andrea.
Only negative is that we didn’t get more of the immediate reaction — I really wanted to see how Jesus, Michonne, Sophia and especially Maggie heard the news. And Laura appeared in the ending montage and I really wanted to see more resolution with her. Not that I’d have lost a second of what we had because it was so, so good. And the extended 30 pages was great but I wish they’d gone full-tilt and done a double-length issue like 127; if any issue deserved it, it’s this one. But I’m sure we’ll see more from these characters in the months to come.
However, my favourite double-punch was Carl absolutely flooring Pamela with his grace and then his speech to Sebastian ending with “ta ta”. Since #100, Carl has seemed to have more than a little Negan in his character and that was just a perfect way to mark the difference. I’m so glad Negan wasn’t killed in #174 as he, alongside Carl, is one of Rick’s great legacies — an evil man who Rick’s mercy truly reformed. And Kirkman finally at the end gave us a fucking good hint that #193’s farmhouse resident is indeed Negan. As ever, I absolutely cannot wait to see where this goes next.
So long to one of the most iconic comic book characters ever…He had a amazing comic arc…my only dissapointment was that you could see this coming from a mile away… I thought it was a little weird with the lack of emotion from certain characters….Michonne, Maggie and even Carl to a degree…although he later broke down…
Even though it was inevitable, it was still a shock. I just can’t believe he is really gone. This death hurt more than all the others combined. Seeing him as a zombie did however give me and my son the one thing we wished for since we started reading. Very interested to see how things pan out now and how Carl deals with the loss of his only parent.
Heartbroken!!! I’m gonna miss the hell outta Rick Grimes!!
Complete let down. What a depressing end for such a legendary character, if AMC has any sense they’ll make the movies epic and he’ll go out in a blaze of glory like he should have in the comic. Shame on you Robert Kirkman for taking us on a 16 year journey only for it to end at the hands of a snivelling rich kid. I for one will no longer be … Walking with the dead.
Rick Grimes, the man who forever changed our lives as being a person we all would want to follow and just be able to know in a dying world was killed in the latest issue of the comic and ended a huge milestone of comic and overall zombie lore media. For so many years we have followed this man’s story of finding hope and life in what seemed like a world of never ending death. For 16 years we have lived through this single characters perspective of a mad world. We traveled across an abandoned plane with him. We fought alongside him to preserve what humanity was left, stood beside him in wars and tragedies. We were there with him in love and loss, through the happy and sad. He showed us how to rebuild a broken world, and to make something better over the old ruins. He showed us the way of honor and taught us about forgiveness even at the darkest times.
Hey Robert, I would just like to say wow! I’m shook. I love TWD and have been a fan for the last couple years. But I can’t believe this just happened. I remember reading something where you said that if you killed of Rick it would be by a zombie, and to be honest I didn’t really like that idea so I’m glad you did this. I’m so excited to see what happens next in the walking dead. Also if you think about it there are no more adult survivors from Atlanta. Thanks Robert –
Difficult to see a 16-year run of the character end. But all the more reason to love The Walking Dead knowing that anything is possible – time and again – and that no one is truly ever safe.
Rick had a good run sucks he got murdered ..im sure the story is gonna change dramatically now ….
The callback to #100 was nice, but that was about the only part of this issue I enjoyed. I hope #193 gives Rick the sendoff he deserves, because #192 wasn’t it. It felt ill-conceived, it felt rushed, it felt completely flat. For a character I love, I am in shock that his death issue was written with zero emotion or weight to it whatsoever. I didn’t need him to have a hero’s death, but I did need for it to make me *feel* something. Instead, I got an issue that was little more than a bullet-point script.
Mr. Kirkman, thank you for years and years of great entertainment. Through the years you have done an excellent job keeping us emotionally attached to these characters but none more so than Rick Grimes. I mean he’s Rick “Mother Fuckin” Grimes! I knew his story would come to an end at some point but I was not ready for it to be this soon. But that’s what I love about your writing. You just never know what the hell is going to happen. Now that the legend is gone I couldn’t be more excited to see where you take this story for years to come. Keep up the great work!
Rest In Peace Rick Grimes!! This issue. Wow. Just wow. I had been preparing myself for the possibility this could happen since the last issue, but even that was not enough time. I know a lot of people will be disappointed with the circumstances of how he died. I’m not. I think this comic has tried time and time again to remind us that not everyone gets a hero’s death, not even one of the biggest heroes the comic will ever see. It reminds us that again, PEOPLE are the biggest threat in that universe, not the walkers. This issue was beautifully done. To capture so much emotion in such a small amount of space is incredible. The panels where it subtly shows time passes as Rick lay dying on the bed was amazing. Basically everything scene with Carl was flawless as well. From the breakdown after the shot, to the cell scene which literally gave me chills. He was the perfect balance of Rick and Negan in this issue. I hate to see Rick’s time come to an end but I am excited to see what unfolds in the future. So thank you Kirkman and everyone else involved for bringing us so many years of badassery from Rick and can’t wait to see what’s next! Hopefully, a certain leather clad, bat wielding coach makes his return in the near future!
That wasn’t the death the man we saw in 1st Walking Dead issue deserved. Rick Grimes may not be immortal, but he was pretty darn close. He survived so many years of pain, heartbreak, and suffering. To have him meet his end at the hands of a spoiled, punk kid is going to have everyone rethink how safe the rest of the Walking Dead characters really are. While in the end Rick saved the Commonwealth from war, Rick could’ve had a more sacrificial death rather than a death that any side character could’ve gotten.
As for Carl, I am happy that he followed his father’s ways by not putting a few bullets in Sebastian’s head, even though I definitely expected him to avenge Rick.
But what’s next? Is Carl done for? Is he gonna rise up as the new leader?
Who can believe Rick would have let his guard down after all he’s been through, especially following that standoff.
Ta ta? Sheer bubblegum valley-girl dribble. Too soft of a send off for all the rage going through . What catch phrase is next Kirkman… eat my shorts???
Anyway the wheel turns, a door is open.
Clearly you missed the Negan reference when Carl Said Ta-Ta. Remember that one time when Negan brutally beat Glen to death? The issue ended with Negan telling Rick’s group that he’ll be back in a week, but until then ” Ta Ta”
If you think Rick wouldn’t let his guard down you haven’t been absorbing what the Commonwealth has done to his state of mind. He’s found some sense of normalcy, finally. He’s letting himself be “normal.”
R.I.P Rick. Just reread the first 3 Compendiums this month to prepare myself for today.
I think the direction the comics should go next is have Carl lose absolutely everything that Rick built. Alexandria and all the communities somehow get absorbed by the Commonwealth and force Carl out, Carl links back up with Negan and they find a way to take everything back or watch it burn. I think issue #200 is going to be Carl losing Alexandria.
I know Kirkman keeps saying that Negan isn’t coming back but his last comment in issue #192 leads me to believe he’s fucking with all of us.
I read this issue in school today. That was a mistake.
My sole objective was to get some studying done. We’ve entered finals weeks—so let’s just get right into this, and get those As. Here we… oh. Oh no. Oh shit. The laptop says it’s June 5th. It’s today, isn’t it? Bro, I can’t read that here—Rick can’t die on me in the freaking library! Nah man, can’t fail my exams.
Just one peek?
So I pulled out my phone, downloaded it, and screwed myself in the ass.
Seriously. It’s bad enough to see a character you’ve been encapsulated by for so many years—whom you share an age with (2003 crew, bro!)—perish, but to need to play it off like ‘oh my god these circle proofs are killing me’ was just brutal. It was on my mind for the rest of… well, it still is apparently. Damn. I didn’t think it could get any worse than Andrea.
That being said, I liked this one—and, apparently even more shockingly, his manner of death. I don’t think anything else would have affected me so strongly, and I think it shares a lot in common with other deaths that were so unbelievable to me. Many people wish he went out diving heroically into some awesome fiery explosion or something, and that’s what I thought might happen… but seeing this just makes me realize how much more unseemly that would be. I would have cheered if he died like that, which is in terrible taste. I despaired today, which is something Rick deserves at the very least. This way is so much more REAL. I FELT each shot. It felt like one of those terrible mistakes you make that is immediate and final, and there was just such a devastating sense of irreversibility. The first shot in the last issue made me think ‘oh haha, Sebastian’s gonna get it!’ But then came another, and another, and suddenly I was thinking ‘JUST BE DONE WITH IT!’ It was a lot like Glenn’s death; you just know, no matter what, he’s a living dead man (pun unintended).
And seeing undead Rick was entirely something which I don’t know if I’m even capable of getting into. Man. I don’t think that’ll ever leave me.
And you probably knew about this all along.
So yes, you scheming genius monster. It far-exceeded my expectations (thank God you didn’t let him survive that, or else I might have quit. It’s not supposed to be a biased world, and his arc was perfect).
I believe that the best thing to come out of this will be Carl. I really want to see him more—despite everything we’ve seen him do, I feel like I still don’t really know him. Maybe it’s just because it’s been so long since he’s been more active, but I really want to know who he is, and who he’ll become. I always thought he’d be a brutal leader, emotionally damaged, mentally crooked, physically… well, he has a hole for an eye, so it’s a tick for that at least. But he’s plainly not. He showed a sort of wisdom in dealing with Sebastian, the boy who ‘orphanized’ him, yet displayed in the end of the issue that he still has some work in the way of becoming emotionally tough. I’m excited to see where his arc ends up. And listen to me, Carl: don’t bore us. I move on very easily, but I’ve kept up for six years now.
I’m probably never gonna write anything this long ever again. Screw you, English essay.
And thank you, Mr. Kirkman.
Sad day here in Atlanta. I’ll miss Rick, but the story must go on. Here’s to hoping Negan comes back and helps Carl
I just want to say “awesome”
My heart is so heavy today, I lost a friend.. I feel like I knew rick.. I’ve grown so attached to this character. I picked up the comics in a hard time in my life.. so every month running to the comic shop see what happened next .. it kept me going. Kept me busy and my mind on the walking dead world and not the real world.. I thought Andreas death was rough.. I literally cried so much over this comic.. but u know what.. this isn’t the end of rick.. he lives on just by seeing Carl’s actions… I really wanted him to bash that stupid kids head in but rick showed him a better way..
I just really hope they end rick off in a beautiful way.. Andreas funeral was beautiful.. hope they do justices to rick..
Rest In Power
I loved this week’s issue, I found it rattling and definitely disturbing as a long time fan. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a story and it gave me a genuine feeling of fear for the future. Yet I embrace this fear and look forward to seeing how the legacy left behind will influence that future.
It’s the end of an era. Can’t say much else. Still trying to process
Awesome writing, love The Walking Dead. Sad
that Rick is gone. The problem is not the writing,
but people’s high expectations. Best part of the
issue was Carl’s speech to Sebastian. Give us a zombie Rick Skybound Exclusive for
Black Friday. ?♂️
I’m shocked Kirkman actually followed through with this one. Devistating, I can’t wait to see what happens next!
I’m so sad to see him go but I’m so excited to see the future!! Great job with the book. So amazing.
191 was the most painful cliffhanger since Carl was shot almost 100 issues ago. 192 was just heartbreaking. RIP Rick ❤️
The Walking Dead has and always will be a series centered around Rick and his impacts. I’m excited for the future of the series, maybe this’ll stir things up.
Surprisingly, I find I won’t miss Rick Grimes. Yeah, sorry to see such a long lived character go, and in such a way. But truly, the Rick I enjoyed reading about has been gone since the five year jump. I preferred the kick ass Rick of earlier issues to the diplomatic version we’ve had since then.
Guess Carl’s story begins. Maybe with an eyepatch since that gaping hole is gross and disgusting.
Now I haven’t read it yet but from what I see in the comments makes me a bit upset. Why kill off rick? Is it to give Carl a story line? Like the one he deserved in the show? But nope you kill off all the characters. Looks like the comics don’t have a Daryl to take over.
Amazing story and the end for Rick couldn’t have been put better. Robert Kirkman is a genious. Walking dead has been around awhile and I can never get enough no matter who dies!!! Maybe now introduce Daryl in there he’s a hero on the show let him lead the books. No matter what I can’t wait to see the out come!!!
Very sad day, my favorite pop culture icon is gone forever:( hopefully we can get a cool walker Rick action figure tho.
All those years and years of throk! Whupp! Wrok! and Blam!-ing walkers in the head that when it’s Rick’s Turn to turn he’s learned Nothing and gets it square in the forehead before he can sink those bearded teeth into the juicy Commonwealth Al Fresco pancake eaters of the apocalypse? Walkin’ and Stalkin’ Rick deserved better Kirkman!
Roamer Rick! Except he barely even made it out of bed TO Roam! I’ll still buy the “Roamer Rick” action figure once it hits the shelves!
So hard to believe and accept that Rick’s story has come to an end. The Walking Dead is a big part of my life and Rick Grimes ability to survive and restore hope in some of they bleakest of times has been inspiring and incredibly entertaining. As usual another amazing issue as painful as it was it only seemed right to see Rick having turned and Carl to put him down. Thank you Robert Kirkman for all these years of Rick Grimes I have a few tattoo portraits of Rick l to be scheduled soon. Can’t wait for #193!
Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck. I can’t believe it. He became The Walking Dead.
Me last night at 12pm
Rick’s not gonna die. Is he… he might die. I’d pay 4 dollars on iTunes to see if he dies.
Holy Fucking Shit!
Even after last issue it was still so shocking. Rick is the character that got me into comics. Without Rick I would have never read Preacher or Saga or Planetary or all of the other great books I’ve picked up at the local comic store. TWD is one of those stories so big it stays with you through the ups and downs of life. I can look back at the covers and remember where I was in my life at the time I read the issue. It’s like how a good song can bring you back to your teenage years. I read a lot of dark fiction and Rick always stood out to me as one of the rare truly optimistic characters. There was a time when I would have been crushed by his demise but lately things have been looking up for me. I don’t need you anymore Rick 🙁 but I will still miss you. Tomorrow I will see my friend who reads the volumes. Rick is still alive to him. I can’t wait till Rest In Peace comes out so I can get his take on this. I loved the Commonwealth storyline, it felt truly unique and true to the story I’ve been reading for over a decade. Goodbye Rick and as always can’t wait to see what happens next!
RIP Rick. A damn great guy til the end. I’m kinda happy and sad that he’s gone at the same time. When Carl’s done mourning he’ll only become more badass. Hope Rick does end up buried nxt 2 Andrea.
Rick might be dead, but we got a lot to deal with that he caused when he was alive. Just as we have with many others that have died in this series. I think that we’ll find the story in the aftermath, in how folks cope and act, just like we have so far with Rick and many others.
Gotta be honnest, I had the feeling that Rick would die of soon in the comics but the way it happened was really well done. I especially liked his last words because it just gave such a flashback to back in the prison where one of my favourite lines comes from: ‘We ARE The Walking Dead’. Him saying that they’re not The Walking Dead shows how he thinks that the community including all of his friends and remaining family has made a difference in the world and honnestly, it’s true but not only in the comics but also in real life, just the way they pasionated people like me to start reading more comics and even collecting some. Just simply amazing.
Little side note: The way all the emotions got captured in that typical and amazing The Walking Dead art style was just beyond me, it shows the talent of everyone that works on the series
Well I think the comic needed this big change. After the “death” of Rick Grimes in the television show the comic had to make a big death. For me the Commonwealth arc was a bit slow and only a few big events happened like the death of Dwight. For me with that speech in issue 191 was enough to close a legend’s story. To sum up I think it was a great issue for the aftermath and I’m waiting for what happens next.
It happened so fast it was so unexpected And by such a little weasel a spoiled kid who didn’t want his privileges taking away who wanted to run around being an asshole but as heartbreaking and disappointing and devastating as it was it was also realistic I mean things like that happen all the time it’s what makes it relatable it sucks but that’s what would happen in real life in the comic book world it would of barely missed his heart and the next issue he would’ve turned to be a flesh wound and someone miraculously saves him, So I get it ..but I think that’s the point you know Kirkman did a good job of shocking us ,that’s the last thing we would’ve expected and then to Shock us further by allowing his death and ending his story it’s unbelievable but that is the world of The Walking Dead One minute you’re here and the next minute you’re gone I think it says a lot that he died by some stupid idiot isn’t that what happens in our society today a dumb ass kid with a gun kills someone that is beloved by all I love that it was still a shock with the world faced with death every day a community can be rocked to their core by one singular death that means There was a lot I hope restored in the communities and he was there future and they recognize that in him his strength enough that it would shock the entire community I really loved the ending of the book when people wanted to show their respect all those people wanted to lay Rick Grimes to rest and I thought that was very beautiful I looked at all those people and I thought about all the readers who were devastated reading the comic book and how if we could we would all walk to Alexandria and lay Rick to rest as well I felt like all those people traveling to do this man justice and honor him were all of us readers , it was subtle but it made such an impact it tells the story of 192 issues that in the brief moments that you interacted with this character in the book it made an ever lasting impression a positive one That gave you hope as a reader and hope to every character in the comic book I’m hoping with this next issue will be maybe a memorandum style issue of things people might’ve wanted to say to Rick Grimes how has impacted their life And how they plan on keeping his legacy alive I know it’s a bit cliché but I think that we need that support to mourn his character I think the readers have connected with his Rick Grimes and we would like a respectful send off something to continue what is already been written with an entire community willing to travel to Alexandria to put him to rest next to his beloved.. I thought it was that it was a great way to reflect on Carl’s growth to show emotional restraint didn’t act out of vengeance ,he’s come along way from that naïve little kid running after alphas daughter and putting communities at war To this man who stayed in control of his emotions enough that his dad’s legacy resonated in his mind and his first thing to do was to make sure he did what his dad would’ve wanted him to do but mixed with a little of What he himself wanted to do, a nice mixture and the added threat that if you should ever get out Rick Grimes Legacy ends and the Carl Grimes punishment will Begin…thank you Rick Grimes for getting the world through the aftermath of the apocalypse.. in memory of Rick Grimes thank you
So it happened eventually. So sad but there’s a lot to deal out with. Adieu Rick Grimes…
Well, at least Carl still has a father out there somewhere. Negan, where are you???
It was sudden, it was shocking, and I held out hope until the last second that Rick would somehow survive, again. Alas, it was his time and it was done beautifully. My heart broke for Carl, but loved that he didn’t hesitate. The comic has always been my favorite telling of this tale and each panel was considered and rendered with such beauty. I was devastated, but reading the editorial notes is always my way to ground myself after a traumatic edition and Kirkman had a great explanation. This comic is such a pleasure to read and I loved how everyone showed up and how Carl very honestly questions it all. But they are right. This world was forever changed for the better by Rick Crimes. F Sebastian though. That kid is intensely frustrating. Love to hate him!
I love the Walking Dead, I have read them all, and am not usually one to criticize, but I seem to be having a different reaction than most. Am I the only one that felt this was an unceremonious way for Rick’s story to end? I have no problem with him dying, that is what makes WD so great….no one is safe. Anything can happen, and dead is dead. Kirkman has always stood by the idea that Rick would not survive the series so this was almost something that fans have been “looking forward to”.
In 191 you could start to see it building through his speech and final conversation with Carl, and then “BLAM” he is shot (but not dead). We are given a month to wonder if he will somehow survive, although I for one felt that this was it. But then, after a month, and all the anticipation of how it would play out, it is all over within the first 4 pages of an oversized issue and we immediately turn our focus to the “aftermath”. Roamer Rick was cool, but again, only for 2 or 3 panels. Carl said he didn’t even see his father in that moment, just one of the dead and I thought that took a lot of emotion out of the event. Looking back at other big character deaths (Lori, Dale, Glenn, Abraham and certainly Andrea) I sense more emotion and sense of loss and I would have thought that Rick’s death would contain the most. Michonne doesn’t seem to mind much at all that not only is Rick dead, but he was murdered. In fact, who besides Carl is really having any kind of reaction?
It didn’t need to be gruesome, or overly heroic, but this seemed remarkably casual. He is dead, sorry, deal with it. I am sure his death will certainly effect Carl and the story as a whole, but there were more tears for Andrea and the heads on the Whisperer spikes than for Rick F-ing Grimes and that really surprises me. For all the peril he survived, for all the ground he covered over 190+ issues, I guess I just expected “more”.
So I must say I am disappointed although I still can’t wait for issue 193, 194 and so on.
Curious if anyone else feels the same.
I think the feeling most of them have right now is “shock.” Rick’s death will likely have a lasting impact that will shake the comic world for the rest of its duration. We just don’t see that yet because we’ve only had 1 issue to get used to the idea.
Hopefully Carl is safe for a bit. Curious to see his attitude in the issues to come
Holy. Rap some of you are the worst.
Shocking, organic, and well done. I didn’t think he was really gone until the whites of his eyes surprised Carl. Thank you team Walking Dead.
My favorite panel in The Walking Dead is in issue 67. It was when Carl and Rick was alone together and they talk about the food of what they remembered from the past. Usually people won’t remember that particular scene in that panel but something about that panel got to me. It was just that father and son moment that touch me. When I read the latest issue and see what Carl done. I just need to go back to that old issue “issue 67” to read what Carl said to his father. “I love you because of what you do to keep me safe. I know why we do what we do. We do it to protect the weak. To survive.”.- Carl. I’m going to miss that father and son bounding from Rick and Carl. I can’t wait to say, Happy Father day to my dad.
You know I’m still recovering from Rick’s last episode in TWD TV series. And just when I though I could finally think about it with out wailing out an ugly cry, Kirkman hits me with issue #192. Rick’s death was inevitable and maybe even vital to this series as it’s all about progression and great story telling. Even if it comes at the cost of losing a great character like Rick. The way his death was handled , I think, was executed beautifully. I can’t wait to read about what comes next in the series, but first I need to stop my ugly crying. It’s hard to read while you cry.
Wow! I saw a spoiler regarding this issue before I was able to actually read it. However, that did not diminish the impact of Rick’s death. As with anything, some people will have their critiques about how this wasn’t the way it should have happened. Sure, there are any number of ways Rick could have left this world. But for the central character of this series to be taken out in such a quick and senseless way was actually perfect. This type of death unfortunately happens to people every day. Why wouldn’t it continue even in the apocalypse? Human nature still applies. Mr. Kirkman, thank you for a superb story. I am looking forward to seeing where you take this world from here.
Hi Robert, Charlie & Tony.
I’ve heard of Ricks passing before my physical copy has landed in my hands .
I’m surprised you killed off Rick the main character
whom we follow from the start & feel like we are part of him
as we commence life as we know it into the zombie apocalypse
from the hospital bed, following his harrowing journey until now.
I feel like you’ve killed off the story teller whom we’ve grown to love, admire &
at times hate . This comic is all about Ricks journey.
I’ll keep reading it but it won’t be the same.
The tv series killed of Carl, it’s weird the comic which is the
Purest form of , “The Walking Dead” loses its iconic character.
RIP Rick Grimes signals RIP for “The Walking Dead”, plain and simple. When you kill off almost every major character who gave a series, be it book or TV or film, its heart and soul, you are a dead series. All good things must come to an end. If TWD had any real heart, it would figure out a way to wrap the entire series. Maybe someone finally comes with a “cure” to end the whole apocalypse ordeal? Just a thought.
Was a hell of a run! Let’s see where the story takes us next!
That’s it for me. I’m done. I’ve had way too many people die on me in the real world, been to way too many funerals over the past year, and now you’ve killed off the very heart, soul and moral compass of this series in the shittiest manner possible. Nope. Not interested anymore. I see anything with Kirkman’s name on it from this point on, I’m passing right on by. I mean, whatever. Like he’d give a shit anyway, but I can spend my money on other things now, and probably make some coin back when I sell off all my back issues.
What… did you do?
I think the walking dead game better than the movie.
Good riddance to whiny rubbish. “I’m not gonna read Walking Dead anymore cuz they killed Superrick!”
Fucking comic book nerds make me sick.
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