"It is being reported that Lincoln will be exiting the AMC series in its ninth season which is now in production", according to Comicbook, which confirmed the news from multiple independent sources on Tuesday. Rick Grimes was the central character in the story from the beginning.
Lincoln and Cohen are great actors, but if they want to move on, let them, but don't sacrifice the story in the process. While there isn't a release date confirmed at this time, executive producer Greg Nicotero told FANDOM in March that the series will have a "Season 4, Season 5 kind of vibe".More news: Islamic State Groups Resurface in US-held Area of Syria: Lavrov
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It's not known what fate will befall Lincoln's character, whether he'll be killed off in customarily gruesome fashion, or head off into the distance.
Danai Gurira, who has played Michonne since Season 3, and Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie, is only contracted to appear in six episodes in Season 9, which is now in production. They'll be missed, of course, though we'll have to wait until the show returns this October before we have a better idea of how AMC plans to end what has been a pretty incredible era. Let him find love, peace, anything, because a brutal death would be too much for even this show.
Can The Walking Deadsurvive without Andrew Lincoln's Rick Grimes? However, with a new showrunner on board in Angela Kang, perhaps a major overhaul can breathe some new life into the series.