Andrew Lincoln Is Leaving The Walking Dead in Season 9

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According to Collider - there has been no confirmation from United States network AMC just yet - Andrew Lincoln, the man who plays Rick Grimes, will only appear in around six episodes of the next, ninth, season.

Rick Grimes is The Walking Dead, so I don't see how the show can continue without Andrew Lincoln.

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). He's even been around since the first season, which gives him a similar edge to Rick Grimes in that longtime viewers may want to stick around and see what happens.

According to Us Weekly Magazine, Andrew Lincoln is ready to move on from The Walking Dead.

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What makes Carl's and now (if true) Rick's exit all the more surprising is the fact that the AMC series has largely hewn closer and closer to the comic book storyline with each passing season. While Cohan will return in a limited fashion, she also booked a starring role in a new ABC series called Whiskey Cavalier that was picked up to series just a few weeks ago. And Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes, may not be the only cast member to exit. In addition, fans were completely stunned when the series chose to kill off the beloved character of Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs), as it was always the thought that Carl would be endgame when and if Rick was ever killed off the show.

Sources say Lincoln will be phased out in season nine in a fashion similar to co-star Lauren Cohan (Maggie), who will film only six episodes of the series. One fan declared "there is no show" without Rick's character present, whereas another person said that "nobody but Andrew Lincoln could've made me believe in this world or cared so much about it". Scott Gimple has been announced to be the Chief Content Officer of The Walking Dead universe at AMC.

In a show like The Walking Dead, as the title suggests, death lurks around every corner - literally.

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