The Walking Dead Will Lose A Key Character

The Walking Dead Will Lose A Key Character

The Walking Dead Will Lose A Key Character

Andrew Lincoln, who plays lead character Rick Grimes on the hit television show "The Walking Dead", will leave the show at the end of season nine, according to multiple reports.

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".

While no concrete details have come out of Collider's report stating Lincoln is finished with The Walking Dead, there are a few interesting tidbits.

Reps for Lincoln did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment, while AMC declined to comment. 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.

The audience for the season eight mid-season premiere in April was its lowest ever, while the finale was the series' lowest since season two.

The Walking Dead will return to AMC on Sunday this fall. Although she did ultimately sign on for the next season, Cohan will only appear in six episodes, as she will also be filming the ABC drama Whiskey Cavalier. Since then, it has been confirmed that Cohen will remain with the show for at least six episodes, all to air in the first half of the next season.

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The immediate outcome is that Norman Reedus's Daryl Dixon will nearly certainly step into Rick's still-warm cowboy boots as the show's primary focus, a theory backed up by reports that the actor is in negotiations for a $20m pay packet.

And it seems off-screen has been rather dramatic for The Walking Dead as star Lauren Cohan (or Maggie Greene) has been making waves across social media by holding out for a better contract. Cohan had also supposedly tried to negotiate a higher pay raise, on par with her male co-stars.

Lincoln, Reedus, Lauren Cohan, and Danai Gurira are all set to return for series nine, which is now in production.

Could Rick be leaving The Walking Dead? Lead characters can always be killed off and AMC shouldn't be afraid to do it.

However, the character was allowed to live as Rick attempted to show him mercy.

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