Andrew Lincoln Leaving 'The Walking Dead' During Season 9

Andrew Lincoln Leaving 'The Walking Dead' During Season 9

According to Collider - there has been no confirmation from USA network AMC just yet - Andrew Lincoln, the man who plays Rick Grimes, will only appear in around six episodes of the next, ninth, season.

With the fact Lauren Cohan will only appear in six episodes next season and the rumor season nine will be Andrew Lincoln's last, it is time to recast characters on the show so the writing becomes the most critical aspect of the series.

The Walking Dead will undergo a major change during season 9 as lead star Andrew Lincoln is poised to leave the series after only a handful of episodes... What would the future of the show look like without Rick Grimes? The Walking Dead was created to be a zombie apocalypse story that ran without definitive end, and while TV operates by a vastly different set of rules, it's in Walking Dead's DNA to a story that's bigger than just one man.

AMC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Season nine is now in production.

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Reedus is a hugely popular actor on TWD, and keeping him in the midst of losing the series' main star, Andrew Lincoln, is important for the show's continuity. Some feel that it makes sense for the show while others feel that the show should end with Rick Grimes' departure. "Norman [Reedus] and Melissa [McBride] and Danai [Gurira] and [Lauren Cohan], they're all in the twenties.This job is, as I said before, glorious and unique".

Kirkman is actually suing AMC over monies allegedly owed, and now we see AMC is killing off all the comic book characters. The bigger question now is if the show can survive his exit. The actress has also signed on to new work, taking up a role in ABC network's spy series Whiskey Cavalier. What's more, his final run will take place over only six episodes.

The Walking Dead is set to return to AMC in October.

There's no way to hide this huge spoiler for the upcoming Walking Dead season, so let's get it out of the way: Rick Grimes dies.

But the pressure each day to stay alive sends many in the group to the deepest depths of human cruelty, and Rick discovers that the overwhelming fear of the survivors can be more deadly than the zombies walking among them.

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