Will Andrew Lincoln Leave 'The Walking Dead'? Fans Respond to Rumor


According to various reports, AMC has also offered the new lead to longtime cast member Norman Reedus, who plays popular character Daryl Dixon.

Numerous reports are saying that Andrew Lincoln, aka Rick Grimes, is leaving AMC's "The Walking Dead".

After the departure of Chandler Riggs (Carl "CORALL" Grimes) last season, Lincoln's Rick is one of the last Season 1 characters still on the show. The Walking Dead traditionally opens each season in October, with eight episodes in the fall and eight in the spring.

Additionally, Lincoln's on-screen son, Chandler Rigg's Carl, was killed off the show late previous year.

Prepare for The Walking Dead's biggest loss yet.

Sources close to the show have also confirmed Lincoln's exit to The Wrap and Comicbook.com, though so far AMC has not commented on the chatter.

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. Cohan will be playing the lead in ABC's Whiskey Cavalier to series for a midseason bow. One fan declared "there is no show" without Rick's character present, whereas another person said that "nobody but Andrew Lincoln could've made me believe in this world or cared so much about it".

Lincoln will be included in six episodes, and whether he'll succumb to the same fate of his fictional wife and son before him and be killed off or find another way out is yet to be seen.

What has happened to The Walking Dead?

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.

In breaking the news, Collider hinted Lincoln, who has anchored the show since its debut in 2010, will appear in only six episodes. Some feel that it makes sense for the show while others feel that the show should end with Rick Grimes' departure.

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