Andrew Lincoln Is Reportedly Leaving 'The Walking Dead'

Rick sick

Rick sick

Initially reported by insider blog Collider, there was no reveal about how Lincoln's character, Rick Grimes, will ultimately sign off, but fans should expect to see a lot less of him in Season 9.

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 the show sticks to its tried-and-tested (see: predictable) formula, this nearly certainly means Rick will kick the bucket in the mid-season finale.

It's also said that Norman Reedus has negotiated a whopping $20 million deal to stay on as the star of The Walking Dead.

AMC is yet to comment on Andrew's departure. Reedus, who has a good relationship with AMC, also has another television series on the network called 'Ride with Norman Reedus'.

Over time, Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan), the pregnant widow of Glenn Rhee, has increased her standing as a survivor leader.

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

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".

Over the last several seasons, TWD fans have had to cope with major character deaths, including fan favourites Glenn (Steven Yeun), Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Carl (Chandler Riggs).

Lincoln has been a feature of the show since the very beginning, playing the sheriff-turned-apocalypse leader, but his future involvement has been the focus of much speculation in recent months.

"When talking about the remainder of season eight, former showrunner Scott Gimple told TVLine: "[They are] absolutely on the menu. Co-star Norman Reedus is now negotiating a new deal that will reportedly pay him around $20 million per season to become the new face of the series. As to why Lincoln would choose to walk away from the show, Collider cited a sense of creative stagnation, speculating that the actor would probably like to take on some different roles than the relatively one-note Rick.

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