In the final episode The Walking Dead in the end, viewers saw a time jump of a year. In it, among others Rick and Michonne’s children – Judith Grimes (Cailey Fleming) and her younger brother RJ Grimes Jr. (Antony Azor) were waiting for their parents, looking forward to the coming future. It turns out that the ending was supposed to look different, but the filmed material was not used.
According to Insider, the action was supposed to move forward more than a decade, where the children of Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Michonne (Danai Gurira), Aaron (Ross Marquand) and Rosita (Christian Serratos), i.e. Judith, Rick Jr. , Gracie and Coco search for survivors just like their parents in the past. Insider described this sequence in which a reference to the pilot episode of the series was supposed to appear:
After Daryl has left, we move to Freedom Parkway [droga] near Atlanta where there was the iconic shot of Rick driving from the remote. There we see a modified van with a young woman and a man (over 20 years old) in the front seats. In this scene, we realize it’s an adult RJ and Judith. The other adult versions of the kids are in the back – Coco and Gracie. They are there to escort survivors back to their communities, continuing their parents’ legacy. As RJ speaks on the radio, he ends by saying, “If you can hear me, answer me. This is Rick Grimes speaking. (That’s his name – he says a line that Rick said in the pilot.) Then we end with the voice of a survivor who replies, “…Hello?”
The person who revealed the alternative ending said that the scene was emotionally relevant to the show, but was at odds with AMC’s building a Walking Dead universe that will expand with three new spin-offs in 2023. This ending was not used because it was felt that ending with new versions of characters we don’t really know didn’t make sense. In another interview, showrunner Angela Kang said that they had an alternate ending, but she didn’t want to reveal what it was. She admitted that she liked the idea, but it didn’t quite work, so they cut it out.