By now, everyone knows what kind of leader Rick is to his close-knit family in The Walking Dead. Fiercely loyal and loving, almost to the point of madness, and always with a sacrificial air.
It seems like this is also exactly how showrunner Scott Gimple sees the family man, and we might be seeing more of that in season 8. In an interview with TV Line, Gimple gave a hint as to the extent Rick is willing to do this:
"[He] will suffer any loss, even his own self, to give his people and other people the life that they should live, where the world belongs to all of them and not just one person. A real life. That's the only choice. So he's willing to face the losses."
This "one person" is obviously Negan, the current dictator of the Saviors and, secondhandedly, of the other communities that fear him. But as the War escalates into something more serious next season, we can expect that this quality will shine even brighter.
Perhaps the difference would be that he's come to understand the cost that it could bring them, what with Abraham and Glenn's death being the consequences of their recklessness. Still, who wants to see that kind of Rick get into the fight roaring?
The Walking Dead will be back this fall on AMC.