Although this news comes as no surprise to avid Walking Dead comic readers and a lot of us who follow the show, Andrew Lincoln has recently announced the upcoming ninth season will be his last.
Per THR, Andrew Lincoln (rick Grimes) will exit the AMC zombie drama in its upcoming ninth season, sources confirm to The Hollywood Reporter. Meanwhile, co-star Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl, is in the midst of negotiating a rich new deal that will pay him more than $20 million as he will become the new No. 1 on the call sheet.
Sources say Lincoln will be phased out in season nine in a fashion similar to co-star Lauren Cohan, who will film only six episodes of the series. Cohan, who pays Maggie, opted to exit the highly rated AMC drama and booked the lead in ABC’s Whiskey Cavalier after her efforts to renegotiate a new deal to stay on The Walking Dead went south. After ABC picked up Whiskey Cavalier to series for a midseason bow, it closed the door on Cohan’s full-time return to the series — even if she had closed a new deal. AMC declined comment.
Lincoln told THR that “there needs to be an end game and that is something that is definitely being talked about.” In February, the actor said that “there’s certainly an endgame in my head. Whether or not that’s the same endgame that’s in the producers’ heads or the people I work with, is another matter. That’s open for discussion.”
One question remains though…will he die like Carl (Chandler Riggs) did in which case he’ll go out on a very melodramatic off screen death or will Ricks Grimes go out in a blaze of glory like many of us feel he should. Only time will tell, but this upcoming season will definitely be exciting.