Often times, when a show becomes a huge hit, producers decide to milk the cow well by doing numerous spin-offs in the form of TV shows or movies. Which is what happened with The Walking Dead franchise. The TV series is currently in its tenth season on AMC, and has an untitled movie trilogy coming up. Scott Gimple, who served as showrunner for TWD, has promised the first of this trilogy movie (naturally other two too), would have something new to offer to the audiences.
The first of TWD trilogy is too the penmanship of Scott Gimple. Actresses from TWD series such as Pollyanna McIntosh's Jadis Anne have confirmed that the untitled TWD movie would be tad different. Pollyanna spoke of a "twisty action-adventure" alongside Andrew Lincoln's Rick Grimes. Scott promises to throw some light on "CRM's vasty mythology", CRM is the clandestine organization responsible for Rick's disappearance.
10 SO WHERE IS THIS TRILOGY SET?
Two things should be cleared beforehand, first off, Rick Grimes appeared last in TWD's "What Comes After" which didn't put a full stop on his character arc, rather left it hanging in the air. Second, at the San Diego Comic-Con 2019, for the first of the three trilogies, a teaser dropped. So, most of the questions that arise from the TWD movies, either pertain to this teaser or to Rick's disappearance/departure from the show.
This should come as an obvious first question, the why, the where, the when, the who and the how of TWD movie, installment 1. Anne, the one who was in the helicopter with Rick mentioned being at some faraway place. Also, TWD jumped 6 years from when Rick bid it goodbye, so what is the canonical timeline here, really. Could it be that there is another timeline altogether?
9 WHO IS IN THE HELICOPTER?
For the sake of this article, let's assume that Rick made it. In a classic survival trope, the hero always makes it. What is known is the fact that Anne finds Rick and the two enter the helicopter. The last of Rick was him hooked to the medical equipment. Who would one say is piloting the helicopter?
And where in the world is this helicopter flying to, the United States, across America, another world? For now, let's hope the helicopter leaves Georgia because God knows the story should cross state lines by now.
8 WHERE IN THE WORLD DID RICK GO?
The obvious question that follows, where did this helicopter land? Anne's "far away" obviously means that the three (her, Rick and the pilot) have landed someplace far.
But the base of TWD has always been Atlanta, would it be difficult to uproot the characters out of Atlanta? Maybe the cast wouldn't be that far from Atlanta, or maybe it would. Who's to say really.
7 WHO WAS ANNE PROMISING "NOT A TRICK" OVER RADIO?
In "What Comes After", Anne was heard radioing that she has something "B". Before that, the helicopter is there to pick up Anne, and her "A" and "B" aside, who is Anne checking in with? To whom does she promise B is strong but in need of SOS help.
The latter part that "it isn't a trick" is more confusing because that tells that Anne is doesn't have the trust of the person on the other side of the radio. Who is this savior who decided to fly out and about with a helicopter to save "A" and "B"?
6 "THEY" WILL SAVE HIM, WHO'S THEY?
Anne is the answer holder to the majority of questions from "What Comes After". As she spots an almost dead Rick by the river back, she saves him by ordering the helicopter to let him in. Moments later, Rick regains his strength to see Anne. Anne murmurs something that goes like "they" will save him, besides promising they will be fine. Who is "they"? As time lapses into decrepitude, the helicopter flies far away.
5 IS HEATH ONBOARD FOR THE MOVIES?
Corey Hawkins' Heath was a popular supporting character on the show. His shadowed role in TWD coincided with his mega-success in the movie business. Although in the comics, Heath plays a very important role. Heath was last seen in Episode 6 of Season 7 before completely vanishing from the series.
Very recently, Scott Gimple has confirmed that Heath is somehow involved in Anne's helicopter business by the riverbank and in saving her and Rick Grimes.
4 IF RICK IS "B", WHO IS "A"?
The names A and B have caused massive confusion for fans for quite some time now and Anne is squarely responsible for that. As Jadis/Anne is promising to bring an A but does have a B.
Earlier, Gabriel was thought of as B, as he refused to go, Anne said he was an A". Guesses fail here, are A's people who are reluctant to go? And B's who can go? Do helicopter guys want A's over B's or is it the other way around?
3 WILL RICK EVER REUNITE WITH HIS FAMILY?
The pressing question about TWD trilogy has to be this one. Would fans ever get to see Rick reunite with his family? Would Rick make it back to Michonne? There is nothing more in the world that Rick wants than to reunite with his family, more so his daughter and only surviving child, Judith.
Whatever we saw of Rick last was his struggle to get back to his family, child, and his comrades. Supposing Rick makes it alive (plot armor) and the show takes a leap of 6 years, there is a fat chance that he must have tried to get back to Michonne, Judith and the communities he fought alongside with. There's also a chance that Rick may have salvaged someone from Alexandria.
2 ARE THE TRILOGIES AN END TO TWD OR WILL WE SEE A BRANCHED OUT FRANCHISE?
Should we expect another Star Wars-esque media franchise from TWD, branched out and available on every medium? Or are the trilogies the end of TWD? That the franchise dwindled in popularity isn't doubtful at all. So is the fact that TWD reported having declining audience since Season 6.
AMC, for now, has definitive plans to venture with TWD into other mediums. Supposing the movies make a lot of money, AMC would be a fool to not to expand. Additionally, the trilogy could have a positive impact on TWD.
1 WHO IS IN TWD TRILOGY?
Other than the burning desire to end Rick's story arc, one would like to know who all from TWD are making it to the movies. Some updates on Michonne, Carol, Daryl, Heath, Anne, and Morgan are need of the hour. The tricky part, of course, is to remember the 6 year time leap and then figure out the character inclusion from TWD. If Heath comes, Rick goes, would Morgan come? The other question is to see what slant their character arcs take in the TWD trilogy, supposing they make it. There may be a new set of character introductions in TWD.
As goes for the communities - The Whisperers and The Commonwealth, there is a slight possibility of them making to the trilogy, since the TV show has considerably covered them.