Andrew Lincoln Is Leaving 'The Walking Dead' After Season 9
30 May 2018, 14:48
Lincoln is reportedly set to leave the popular AMC series, and his character Rick Grimes, at some point in season 9.
We hate to be the bearer of bad TV news but it's been reported that one of the most popular and well known leading men is about to leave their equally well known and popular TV show and it's gonna be absolutely brutal.
According to various sources, Andrew Lincoln will be leaving The Walking Dead at the end of season 9, bringing his leading role in AMC's hit series to end after almost 9 years. It's also been reported that Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes on the show, will only make a handful of appearances in the ninth season.
To fill the gap left by his departure, Collider reports that AMC has offered "substantial compensation to long-running series star Norman Reedus to not only stay on board, but to take over the show’s leading role."
Over the past few seasons, the show has seen huge backlash from the fandom after the departures of Steven Yeun (Glenn) and Chandler Riggs (Carl) so we're sure it's all gonna kick off once the beloved Rick Grimes makes his final appearance. Fans are already pressed about the possibility of their main character not making it to the finish line.
THE SMART THING TO DO HERE IS TO MAKE SEASON 9 THE LAST ONE AND TRY TO COME UP WITH A SOLID ENDING BC TWD WITHOUT RICK GRIMES DOES NOT WORK AT ALL— andy!! depressed (@richwonne) May 29, 2018
No-one can convince me that #TheWalkingDead will be able to go on without Rick Grimes. It simply can't, this is his show.. It's over.— Motherdick (@_TWDCam) May 29, 2018
so.... since Andy's leaving twd, that means that I have to sit there and watch RICK GRIMES die... and I have to see Michonne's reaction... umm hello 911 I have a huge emergency— angela (@richonnesmints) May 29, 2018
I love this show SO much. But Andrew Lincoln is THE show. We have been following him since the very first episode. I can’t imagine the show without Rick Grimes.— The Walking Dead (@TWDFamilyy) May 29, 2018
andrew lincoln/rick grimes is the most important person on the walking dead.. idc what you say, there’s no show without him.— ana (@smvkeandmirrors) May 29, 2018
According to Deadline, sources say Lincoln's Grimes will be phased out of the ninth seasons in a similar way to co-star Lauren Cohan (Maggie), who will only be six episodes of the season before she departs for good too.
No word yet on how he'll actually depart the show but seeing as the majority of characters rarely make it out alive, we guess we'll be seeing you graveside at Rick's funeral????? If he even gets one, that is.