ANDREW LINCOLN Leaving THE WALKING DEAD

With contract talks still underway, the exact parameters of that exit for the lead in the ensemble cast are still being determined but it looks like Lincoln will be a presence in about six episodes of the new season.

According to The Wrap, Rick Grimes actor Andrew Lincoln will leave the show before the end of the upcoming ninth season.

Lincoln's departure from the show was reported by Us Weekly on Tuesday.

Prepare for The Walking Dead's biggest loss yet.

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The series stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Alanna Masterson, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Austin Amelio, Tom Payne, Xander Berkeley, Khary Payton, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The death of Carl Grimes hit the fandom hard, and this bombshell will send shockwaves through the fandom again. Both Maggie and Rick play crucial roles in the source material to this day, and many of those current storylines have yet to be teased on the show.

What About The Other Characters?

The show's ratings have suffered in recent years, with the Season 8 finale being the second lowest-rated in the history of The Walking Dead. Daryl Dixon has become a fan favorite on the show, and is likely to be one of the only fixtures remaining from the first few seasons of the series.

Lincoln told ComicBook.com before that he was ready to see the end of Rick Grimes' storyline, though he said he was excited to work with new showrunner Angela Kang.

Although it's been teased that The Walking Dead season 9 is going to start with a time jump of anywhere between two and five years which would make more crossovers hard.

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