The Walking Dead's Andrew Lincoln Leaving After Season 9

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Andrew Lincoln star of"The Walking Dead" will reportedly leave the show after its ninth season

However, it has now been reported that Lincoln will leave the show after the next season, which premieres later this year.

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Lincoln, who portrays former sheriff turned survivor Rick Grimes, is expected to appear in only a handful of episodes during The Walking Dead season 9 before exiting the popular AMC series.

How all this will play out in season 9 remains to be seen. Considering how long The Walking Dead has been running, and how famously hard the shooting schedule is, you can't blame the actors for wanting a change of pace. This is presumably due to her ABC pilot Whiskey Cavalier being greenlit as a series, which will likely lead AMC to nix her from the show alongside Lincoln.

Earlier this year, there were rumours that another member of the cast, Lauren Cohan (Maggie Rhee), was contemplating leaving TWD as well due to compensation issues.

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Another insider revealed that Norman Reedus, who stars as Daryl Dixon, negotiated a $20 million paycheck to stay on the hit series.

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". Series showrunner Scott Gimple was promoted to a role that oversees "The Walking Dead" and its spinoff, "Fear the Walking Dead", with writer Angela Kang filling his role.

Collider has heard that AMC and the show's producers have offered Norman Reedus a pay bump to stick around and assume the leading man duties.

But I do think Lincoln has been on the show for far too long, and I wouldn't mind seeing him try his hand at other things. The show lost one of its mainstays last season in Chandler Riggs' Carl. And with other main cast members including Danai Gurira looking at the end of their current contracts at the end of season 9 if the show does continue past season 9 it will be looking at nearly a complete reboot.

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