From a man looking for his wife and son to a battle hardened survivor Rick’s journey has been extraordinary. He managed to keep the core group together despite the odds stacked against them. He has made many mistakes, but he has led the group from the quarry camp all the to Alexandria. He has gone through horrific loss, but has managed to find love again.
His uncompromising loyalty to those who are now his family and his willingness to do whatever it takes to keep them safe and alive is the stuff of legends. But he’s human, not a superhero. He’s made mistakes, sometimes costly ones that led to the deaths of those he loved. And he carries the burden of that guilt while always striving to do better.
But Rick is weary of the challenges of leadership. He’s ready for one last big fight – the war to end Negan and The Saviors. Then he might want to take a back seat for awhile and enjoy a little peace when the communities can finally focus on thriving instead of surviving. But The Walking Dead world is never safe, so chances are good that even if he gets a little break Rick’s leadership and determination will be called on once again to protect those he loves.
When Andy Lincoln talked about what he would like to see happen for Rick in the future he said:
"“I want Daryl Dixon to give me his motorcycle, cross bow, and jacket, first thing. That would be my sort of Christmas when he gives it to me. And for the kid to take over the reins and so I can kick back and play computer games for a couple of seasons with Eugene. So maybe a few more laughs and a few more beach scenes.”"
Rick has definitely earned a break. Maybe during that break he and Michonne can focus on those triplets and work on growing the population of Alexandria.
To find out more of what the stars of The Walking Dead had to say about their ideas for the futures of their characters check out their EW interviews.