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'The Walking Dead' spoilers: Rick's fate in season 4

The fourth season of the AMC drama "The Walking Dead" won't return until next month, but the final eight episodes will amp up the drama and the death count. On Wednesday, January 20 Wetpaint Entertainment posted a story about how the death of the main character Rick Grimes is very possible this season. The character has appeared in almost every episode has been the leader that makes sure everyone is safe.

Rick Grimes from 'The Walking Dead'
AMC/Gene Page

Last year, executive producer and comic book creator Robert Kirkman mentioned that no one is safe from death on the series, not even Rick. The character is still alive in the comics but the series doesn't follow the comics exactly. Actor Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick on the show, recently revealed that his death "is an inevitability" but he is fine with his death as long as the story continues.

If the show did decide to kill off the character, it's possible that Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) could continue to step up and assume the leadership or new characters could be introduced from the comics. Three new characters including Abraham Ford, Dr. Eugene Porter, and Rosita Espinsoa will be encountering the remaining survivors in the final eight episodes.

Episode 9, the first episode back, will be a big deal for Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) and from the sneak previews it looks like Carl will have to take care of Rick in the aftermath of the prison attack. However, Rick should be around for at least a few more seasons if Lincoln has any say in the matter.

"The Walking Dead" returns on Sunday, February 9 at 9 p.m. on AMC. The main characters are scattered and in need of finding a safe place after The Governor attacked the prison. The rest of the season will have a different tone as new characters and locations are introduced. The series has already been renewed for season five which is expected to begin filming in the summer.

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