Andrew Lincoln to star in 3 'Walking Dead' movies

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(CNN)The following contains spoilers about the November 4 (fifth) episode of "The Walking Dead's" ninth season.

'Over the next several years, we're going to be doing specials, new series are quite a possibility, high-quality digital content and then some content that defies description at the moment, ' Gimple added.

You won't want to miss Lincoln's final episode of The Walking Dead when it airs Sunday, Nov. 4 at 9/8c on AMC. Last night's episode was also officially Lauren Cohan's last episode, too (at least for now).

Though it seemed like Rick had made the ultimate sacrifice in order to stop a horde of walkers, detonating the bridge that symbolically linked the Hilltop, The Sanctuary, and Alexandria, while his loved ones looked on helplessly.

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Lincoln wanted to leave the series so he could spend more time with his family in England, and the films spawned from a conversation Lincoln had with Gimple, when he served as showrunner on The Walking Dead. Although it's been known since San Diego Comic-Con that Andrew Lincoln, who has been portraying the post apoclayptic hero Rick Grimes on AMC's hit horror drama for nine years now, is confirmed to be leaving the show, the actor let slip a surprising reveal on tonight's TALKING DEAD. This feels a little late in the game to be expanding, but I'll let you folks that actually watch let me know what you think about this news in the comments.

"The story of Rick will go on in films". Some stories will be standalone tales, while others will relate directly to characters in The Walking Dead series.

The AMC series veteran has signed on to play the iconic character Rick Grimes in multiple feature-length projects in development at the cable network. "I know nothing! [Laughs.] There are lots of moving parts to this extraordinary franchise. We want to break new ground with different, distinct stories, all part of the same world that's captured our imagination for almost a decade of the Dead". His story is only just beginning. "We're going to introduce new characters and new situations", says Gimple.

The films will be written by The Walking Dead producer Scott Gimple. And I suppose to be able to kind of touch upon that in a contained story for me is a very exciting proposition.

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