Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

Andrew Lincoln to leave 'The Walking Dead' during upcoming Season 9

Andrew Lincoln to leave 'The Walking Dead' during upcoming Season 9

The British star has portrayed police officer-turned-zombie slayer Rick Grimes since the TV show premiered in 2010, but according to Collider, he has opted not to renew his contract for the upcoming ninth season. The Walking Dead traditionally opens each season in October, with eight episodes in the fall and eight in the spring.

The ninth season of The Walking Dead premieres in the USA this autumn. The actress has also signed on to new work, taking up a role in ABC network's spy series Whiskey Cavalier.

Sources tell the outlet that Lincoln has chose to leave the series because he's had "enough" of it, and wants to focus his energy on making movies.

It appears Norman Reedus, who plays Crossbow bad boy Daryl Dixon, will be sticking around for awhile.

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According to THR, the actor is now in the midst of negotiations, and if things work out, he may be getting north of $20 million for being the lead of the series.

Characters such as Glenn, Tyreese, Noah, Beth, Hershel, and more have been killed off the show, as ratings began to decline. And with the death of Carl in season 8 changing the story of Rick Grimes and his family forever it may be time for the show to go in a new direction.

The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Sonequa Martin-Green, Alanna Masterson, Christian Serratos, Josh McDermitt, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Austin Nichols, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Tom Payne, Austin Amelio, Xander Berkeley, Pollyanna McIntosh, Steven Ogg, and Katelyn Nacon.

Actor Andrew Lincoln is reportedly walking away from his lead role on The Walking Dead. Lincoln's departure has not been officially confirmed by AMC as of yet, but the claim has been confirmed by multiple independent sources, and will apparently be confirmed by AMC just prior to his final episodes with the show. It will be interesting to see what AMC has to say about the future of The Walking Dead after season 9.

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