Andrew Lincoln to leave 'The Walking Dead'

Report: Andrew Lincoln to Leave The Walking Dead With Season 9

Andrew Lincoln, the face of The Walking Dead since the series began in 2011, is set to leave the hit show, according to reports. And it seems that over the course of eight seasons of the AMC series, we've seen plenty of characters meet their end, but Rick Grimes has managed to survive relatively unharmed.

Big news for fans of The Walking Dead.

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.

"The Walking Dead" fans are well accustomed to saying goodbye to fan favorite characters, but they better start preparing to say an ultimate farewell next season. Marvel has already green lit a sequel to Black Panther. Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie, is only contracted to appear in six episodes in Season 9, which is now in production. This is presumably due to her ABC pilot Whiskey Cavalier being greenlit as a series, which will likely lead AMC to nix her from the show alongside Lincoln. What's more, Lincoln's Rick is still the focal point of creator Robert Kirkman's comic series on which the AMC drama is based.

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In fact, Rick's son Carl (Chandler Riggs) just died after being bitten by a walker, leaving Rick as a grieving father. After the death of Carl Grimes and the announcement that Angela Kang would take over as the showrunner for season 9 there was a lot of uncertainty about whether or not Lauren Cohan would return for season 9.

The deal would make Reedus one of the highest paid stars on TV and is essential if "TWD" plans to keep going after Lincoln's departure. Whether that means the character is killed off or not remains to be seen.

Speaking about the end of his character and the show as a whole, Lincoln previously said: "T$3 here's certainly an endgame in my head".

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