Andrew Lincoln reportedly leaving AMC's The Walking Dead in season 9

Andrew Lincoln reportedly leaving AMC's The Walking Dead in season 9

Now it's being said that Andrew Lincoln is leaving the show due to wanting to focus on movies.

But Andrew Lincoln, who plays the role of Rick Grimes on the show, will be leaving the hit AMC post-apocalyptic zombie series after season nine.

"If I was watching it I would want some answers, something, and if that means the demise of a central character or a principal character, then I'm willing to take the medicine". Considering how long The Walking Dead has been running, and how famously hard the shooting schedule is, you can't blame the actors for wanting a change of pace.

It seems odd to plan an expensive spinoff rollout without the show's biggest star, though perhaps the network is looking for some new blood.

Reportedly, AMC is preparing for Lincoln's departure by throwing a sizable amount of money in the direction of Norman Reedus, with the aim of making Reedus' Daryl Dixon the series' main protagonist after Lincoln leaves.

Apparently, Cohan is only returning for six episodes as well, since she's signed on to ABC pilot Whiskey Cavalier.

US Weekly also reported Lincoln's costar, Norman Reedus, has negotiated a $20 million paycheck to stay on.

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The loss of Lincoln's Grimes would be another radical departure for the show from its comic source material.

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

In a 2015 USA TODAY interview during Season 5, Lincoln said he wasn't ready to leave, but that the show could continue without him.

It looks like AMC's long-running series The Walking Dead is about to undergo some real change in the very near future. Yet, because the character of Daryl isn't even in the comics (he was created exclusively for Norman Reedus and the TV show), and Rick doesn't have any family ties left besides baby Judith, subbing Daryl into Rick's comic-book storylines will solve the writers two problems at once: they can continue to mine the comics for Rick's narratives without having to come up with more ad-hoc storylines for Daryl.

However, the character was allowed to live as Rick attempted to show him mercy. The other is fan-favorite Carol, played by Melissa McBride.

"When talking about the remainder of season eight, former showrunner Scott Gimple told TVLine: "[They are] absolutely on the menu. "The differences that people will be seeing in season nine and beyond are going to be pronounced".

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