'The Walking Dead' Star Andrew Lincoln Reportedly Leaving After Season 9

'The Walking Dead' Star Andrew Lincoln Reportedly Leaving After Season 9

'The Walking Dead' Star Andrew Lincoln Reportedly Leaving After Season 9

Season 9 will premiere on AMC this fall.

Is Andrew Lincoln leaving The Walking Dead as Rick Grimes? Whether that means the character is killed off or not remains to be seen. There had been some conflict earlier this year about pay disparity and that may have been the nail in the coffin for Cohen's relationship with The Walking Dead.

AMC would not comment on the reports.

She went from showing up as a series regular to starring in just six episodes of the next season, the same amount Andrew has reportedly signed up for.

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. Co-star Norman Reedus is now negotiating a new deal that will reportedly pay him around $20 million per season to become the new face of the series. Rick, too, is still alive and well (well, alive at least) in the comics, so Lincoln's departure will represent the biggest branching-off from Kirkman's original storylines to date.


No word if Black Panther star Danai Gurira will be staying on the show past Season 9.

There have also been reports that Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon, is negotiating a new deal worth more than $20 million (£15 million). Ratings have increased for Fear the Walking Dead, which was retooled into a superior creative series with a Western theme that is working brilliantly for the spinoff.

Norman Reedus is supposedly getting a substantial raise to take over the show's lead role. Lincoln's continued role on the show had never been in question until now.

Speaking of the season eight finale, former showrunner Scott M. Gimple said, "We knew for a long time that season [eight] was, in many ways, the end of a chapter of the show".

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