Andrew Lincoln leaving ‘The Walking Dead’

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Andrew Lincoln will be leaving The Walking Dead after season 9.

He has lost his on-screen son, his wife and a number of friends to the zombie apocalypse, and now The Walking Dead star Andrew Lincoln looks to be taking his own leave of the AMC blockbuster. Cast moves on the series will also see Norman Reedus stay put under a new $20 million contract.

Almost unbelievable on a show where almost no one is said to be safe, the man who has played Rick Grimes since the beginning of the series based on Robert Kirkman’s comics could be gone by the end of the upcoming ninth season, I hear. With contract talks still underway and the season in production in Georgia, the exact parameters of that exit for the lead in the ensemble cast are being determined. At this point, it looks like Lincoln will be a presence in about six episodes of the new season.

Source: Deadline