In episode three ‘Thank You,” of the sixth season of AMC’s The Walking Dead, the shit hit the fan for our brave survivors. 17.1 million viewers watched what looked like the demise of Glenn and witnessed Rick cut his hand while killing some zombies. With the way Rick’s injury was portrayed in the episode it looked like more than a scratch. Did Rick get infected with walker blood? This plot thread led fans to speculate if Rick was finally going to lose his hand like his comic book counterpart.
The series showrunner Scott M.Gimple in an interview Monday afternoon quickly shot down fans hopes and dreams of Rick running around with one hand.
“I’m going to go out on a limb here and say something definitive: Rick is OK regarding that cut. His hand will survive. There will be a bandage. There will be some ointment involved. But he’s going to walk away from it,” said Gimple to TV Line.
The series has previously stated that the special effects needed would be too expensive to have the lead character lose a hand. Andrew Lincoln in season four fought to have his hand chopped off by the Governor.
“You know, I campaigned two seasons ago when the Governor was around. I was saying, ‘You’ve gotta do the hand, guys!’ And Victor, who was in charge of special effects, just said, ‘No, no no no. Anybody else but not you. It’ll cost a fortune with green screen and blue screen,’ said Lincoln.
What do you think: Should Rick lose his hand at some point in the series or do you understand that it will cost too much?
Hopefully in the 90-minute episode this Sunday, fans will get some answers on the fate of Glenn, and Rick’s hand.