I believe Rick was going to die in the last season, AL said this on the last Talking Dead, until someone came up with the idea of Rick getting scooped up by the helicopter and taken away to star in three Rick Grimes movies. I'm all in for this, but I wonder if the others will ever learn the truth?
I think what is going on...at least I'm STRONGLY hoping is that the Rick Grimes movies will build toward the series finale of The Walking Dead and everything will come back together and the show will end.
"Dear Lord, Bless this meal I am about to receive and the people that probably licked it along the way. Amen."