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It's the end of the road for Rick Grimes.

At the end of last night's episode of "The Walking Dead," AMC aired a teaser for next week's farewell to leading man Andrew Lincoln. As fans have known for months, Lincoln is departing the series after nine seasons.

But how will Rick go out — in a final blaze of glory taking out a horde of zombies or a quiet and lonely death?

[SPOILERS AHEAD]



At the end of the episode, Rick was trying to lead one large group of zombies away from the bridge-building camp. However, he ran into another large group of zombies and his horse got spooked and threw him to the ground. Rick landed on a metal spike, which pierced his abdomen. As he lays there bleeding and about to pass out, the horde of zombies was set to converge upon him.

Judging by the teaser, it seems like Rick experiences some hallucinations or flashbacks (Jon Bernthal's Shane makes a cameo) before his possible death.

Showrunner Angela Kang told The Hollywood Reporter that Rick may or may not die, but his exit will be "really emotional and exciting."

She added, "There's also a lot of adventure, action, heroism and some pretty big twists."

"The Walking Dead" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC.