Published: Wed, May 30, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Dead man Walking. Andrew Lincoln leaving hit show

Dead man Walking. Andrew Lincoln leaving hit show

Nearly unbelievable on a show where nearly no one is said to be safe, the man who has played Rick Grimes since the very beginning of the series based on Robert Kirkman's comics could be gone by the end of the upcoming ninth season, I hear.

While there's no specific information on how Lincoln's character will be written off the series, it is expected to be revealed before the season 9 finale. Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie, is only contracted to appear in six episodes in Season 9, which is now in production. There is no word of how the character is going to leave, but no matter what, it's going to make a huge impact on the series.

It's also reported Andrew Lincoln will have a limited role in The Walking Dead Season 9.

The outlet declined to report the exact circumstances of Lincoln's departure from the show, not wanting to spoil the ultimate fate of Rick Grimes. Fortunately for her, her character, Maggie, was left in quite an important and powerful position by the end of Season 8-which AMC surely doesn't want to raze in favor of withholding a raise.

Fan favourite Chandler Riggs, who portrays Rick's son Carl Grimes, made a surprise exit from line-up in season eight and Black Panther star Danai Gurira has yet to confirm whether she'll return as Michonne.

According to Collider, "The Walking Dead" will replace Lincoln/Grimes by moving Norman Reedus' popular character Daryl Dixon into the main role.

AMC said that they had "no comment" on Lincoln leaving TWD when contacted by Deadline.

Quite what has sparked this decision was not disclosed, though Lincoln has been with the show since it began in 2010, and obviously it's a big commitment for him. Collider is reporting a rumor that when Lincoln departs, Reedus will step up and be the show's new leading man.

Rick's exit would be a major deviation from the source comics, as he is still alive and well.

The ninth season also marks the first year of a new showrunner for the series in writer and executive producer Angela Kang.

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