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'The Walking Dead' shocker! Andrew Lincoln leaving after Season 9

'The Walking Dead' shocker! Andrew Lincoln leaving after Season 9

According to Collider - there has been no confirmation from U.S. network AMC just yet - Andrew Lincoln, the man who plays Rick Grimes, will only appear in around six episodes of the next, ninth, season. The actor is reportedly slated to only appear in six of the season's episodes.

Speaking of "walkers" and dying, Rick Grimes' son, Carl, played by Chandler Riggs got bitten and died too, leaving behind his dad to deal with his enormous grief.

Andrew Lincoln will be leaving The Walking Dead by the end of season 9. Collider states that AMC is looking to up Norman Reedus' pay to stay on board and to take over as the series' lead.

If Lincoln were to exit, his departure wouldn't be the first major cast shakeup for the series, which will already be adjusting to co-star Lauren Cohan's diminished availability for season nine, as she'll be transitioning into her new midseason ABC dramedy, Whiskey Cavalier. And with a Brave New World on the horizon for Season Nine, this news has many fans wondering how the series can continue without Rick Grimes.

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CBR has reached out to AMC for comment.

Prepare for The Walking Dead's biggest loss yet. Grimes is also alive in the comic books.

A source tells Us Weekly: 'Andrew is leaving because he's had enough of it and wants to focus his energy on movies'.

The Walking Dead has been mired in controversy as of late as it was said Chandler Riggs was sacked from the show, and in addition, the show's producers - including Robert Kirkman - are suing the AMC network for monies owed. For his part, Gimple has moved on to a larger role with AMC as chief creative officer of all things Walking Dead for AMC after creator Kirkman exited his overall deal with the cable network for a rich deal with Amazon Studios.


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