Walking Dead Finally Delivers a Rick Grimes Moment Comic Fans Have Been Waiting For

If you heard the sound of thousands of couches rumpling in unison while watching this moment, that’s because countless readers of The Walking Dead comic were leaning forward to do the Leonardo DiCaprio pointing meme from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The Walking Dead comic fans are very familiar with the concept of a one-handed Rick Grimes because the grizzled hero has been missing his right hand since the early days of the series. In The Walking Dead Issue #28, Rick, Michonne, and Glenn are in the clutches of the villain known as the Governor in his Woodbury office. The Governor wants to know where Rick and company’s community is and to extract that information he cuts Rick’s right hand off with a knife. The Walking Dead comic ultimately ran for a lengthy 198 issues, which meant that Rick had access to only his left hand for 170 of those (or roughly 86% of the series run).

Despite both Andrew Lincoln and Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman advocating for Rick to lose his hand in the AMC series, he never did – presumably because it would have been a logistical challenge to depict. If Rick lost his hand at the same point in the TV series story as he did in the comic, it would have meant more than five seasons of editors meticulously making sure Lincoln’s right hand was never in a shot.

Eventually The Walking Dead did elect to Luke Skywalker one of its characters by chopping off their right hand. Instead of Rick, however, it was Aaron (Ross Marquand) who was de-handed in season 9. He then got to wear an incredibly cool-looking prosthetic for the rest of the series’ run.

Ross Marquand as Aaron - The Walking Dead _ Season 11, Episode 17 - Photo Credit: Jace Downs/AMC

Now The Ones Who Live‘s relatively short runtime and probable status as Rick Grimes swan song has allowed The Walking Dead to give comic fans what they’ve long been waiting for in the form of their one-handed hero. If you thought Rick was capable with two hands, just wait until you see what he can do with only one.


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