Much to disappointment of fans, beloved Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) will be leaving The Walking Dead in Season Nine.
All shows eventually go through growing pains and changes, as we all know. Unfortunately this is a big one for the The Walking Dead. Lincoln is, of course, a TWD veteran and will no doubt be missed by many. But not to fear, fans, at least Norman Reedus isn’t going anywhere!
Let’s take a look at some more details from TV Guide:
Andrew Lincoln, the star of AMC’s long-running zombie drama The Walking Dead, will be leaving in Season 9, Collider reports.
Lincoln, who plays survivor leader Rick Grimes, will reportedly only appear in six episodes of Season 9. AMC has reportedly offered a substantial raise to second-billed actor Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl, to take over as the series’ lead.
The Walking Dead has been going through a lot of changes and turbulence behind the scenes lately, with new showrunner Angela Kang coming on as longtime showrunner Scott Gimple exited to become Chief Content Officer of the Walking Dead franchise, lawsuits related to disputed profits and the on-set death of stuntman John Bernecker, and tense negotiations around the renewal of co-star Lauren Cohan’s contract. Cohan is the lead on an upcoming ABC series called Whiskey Cavalier, so she will presumably be leaving The Walking Dead in Season 9 as well.
It’s unknown at this point how Lincoln and Cohan will be written out of the show, but Comicbook.com reports that Cohan is also contracted for six episodes, so presumably their exits will come at the same time. Comicbook.com adds that Lincoln will be returning to the UK to spend more time with his family.
Lincoln’s exit will come shortly after the departures of two of the show’s few remaining original cast members, Chandler Riggs and Lennie James. Riggs’ Carl, Rick’s son, was killed in the middle of Season 8, while James’ Morgan crossed over to spin-off Fear the Walking Dead. After Lincoln goes, Reedus and Melissa McBride will be the only actors from Season 1 remaining.
AMC declined to comment on the report.
The Walking Dead Season 9 will return for Season 9 in the fall.
TWD fans are understandably disappointed and so are we. Let’s take a look at some tweets and see how social media is taking the news.
— GP | WelshWestwood | 🏴 (@WelshWestwood) May 30, 2018
I'm late but wtf ??? why is rick leaving #TWD ??? 🙁🙁🙁
— MaurishaJaynia (@MaurishaJaynia) May 30, 2018
I watched the 1st season of #FTWD but just couldn't stay with it. I'm too invested in the characters on #twd & they have already lost so many main characters I just don't see how the show survives when Rick leaves☹
— Christie🧀💚💛 (@cleabrooks) May 30, 2018
I´m not just sad because of Rick Grimes, im sad because of Andrew Lincoln too, he´s an amazing actor and knowing that we won´t get to see him every week on TV breaks my heart #TWD
— Andie (@Andie1391) May 30, 2018
— Martuka 🐞 (@04_Marta_T) May 30, 2018
— Stephen Gray (@SPGray63760) May 30, 2018
If that's really going to happen than that's not #TheWalkingDead anymore!!!
I love @wwwbigbaldhead as Daryl Dixon but it will not be the same without these other amazing actors. Andrew Lincoln is the face, heart & soul of #TWD
— Deelany (@Deelany3005) May 30, 2018
For real I love #TWD a lot & when Steven left I was broken about it, but now that Andrew is leaving??? Wow that makes me so sad. I understand, that actors/actresses want more challenges etc.. but still, TWD won't be the same. 🙁
— Eeva (@eevnrh) May 30, 2018
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