'The Walking Dead' Star Andrew Lincoln Reportedly Leaving After Season 9

'The Walking Dead' Star Andrew Lincoln Reportedly Leaving After Season 9

The British actor, who has played the show's protagonist Rick Grimes since 2010, will appear in "half a dozen" episodes of the next series before bowing out, according to Collider.

The report also claims that the cable network has offered longtime star Norman Reedus, who plays hunter Daryl Dixon, "substantial compensation" for him to replace Lincoln as the series' new lead.

Lincoln is a standout because he's sort of the last remaining artifact of the first season of the series, with his character's son Carl Grimes getting killed off earlier this year. Season 9 will premiere on AMC this fall. In fact, Fear is a much better show at this point, but with Rick sparing Negan, there is great potential for the original show to reshape its dramatic arch.

Andrew Lincoln may be walking off The Walking Dead.

AMC have declined to comment on the reports of Andrew Lincoln's departure.

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Senior writer Angela Kang will be taking the reins for season nine so fans may be able to expect even more changes across the board, including adding new characters to the tight-knit group.

Kirkman is actually suing AMC over monies allegedly owed, and now we see AMC is killing off all the comic book characters. Is it time for these talented actors to spread their wings and move on from The Walking Dead or do you want to see Rick and Maggie stick it out to the bitter end?

Grimes will, Collider claims, be phased out of the show and will only appear in a handful of episodes in season nine.

The Walking Dead is known for its surprise twists and character deaths, with many fans assuming Rick Grimes to be the exception. "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".

Below are some of the reactions to news of Lincoln's possible departure. "AMC is expected to announce officially Lincoln's exit from the zombie drama ahead of his final episodes".

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