Andrew Lincoln who is acting as a lead role in the AMC’s series The Walking Dead is now reportedly leaving the show. Lincoln who appeared in just a few episodes of season 9 was with the cast of The Walking Dead from the start.
The people are not sure whether Lincoln will be killed in coming episodes or not. As it is Walking Dead and anyone can be killed off, so one can expect the departure of Lincoln. Few episodes back, Carl, the son of Rick was bitten by a walker and then died leaving the grieved father alone. The news was first broke out by the Collider. According to the reports, Lincoln’s role will be given to Norman Reedus. It means that Lincoln’s life is safe.
The first episode of The Walking Dead was released in 2010 and since then Lincoln was playing the role of Rick Grimes. It was also reported that Lincoln will appear only in six episodes of the forthcoming season.
However, Lincoln did not confirm the news but according to Collider, the leading actor will walk off at the end of season 9. Reports also suggest that Lincoln’s departure will affect the rating of the series as the series is already struggling with middling reviews. Despite being one of the most exciting TV shows, The Walking Dead is experiencing low ratings. After the departure of a couple of known actors, the series is left with few stars like Daryl and Carol.
Lincoln’s departure may seem to be a shocking news for the fans but according to the producer, the show will continue for many years without its leading actor. While giving an interview to The Independent a few months ago, Lincoln himself hesitated when asked about how long he expects to be the part of the show.
Another star whose future is in doubt is Maggie Rhee. Maggie was the part of the series since season 2 and currently facing contract negotiations problems with the production team of the series. Maggie’s involvement in pilot ABC comedy show has intensified the rumors of her exit from The Walking Dead. However, unlike Lincoln, Lauren Cohan will feature in all episodes of the season 9. And Lincoln’s departure has demonstrated that anything can happen. But according to The Hollywood Reporter, Cohen will be phased out from the 2nd half of the season 9 just like Andrew Lincoln.
While giving an interview in February, Lincoln said that endgames are revolving in his mind. Whether or not these were the same endgames which were in the minds of the producers, time will tell. While speaking to the media at the end of the season 8, the showrunner Scott.M Gimple said that this could be the ending season of this exciting TV series. Lincoln’s departure has raised many questions like can The Walking Dead survive without Lincoln? Can Reedus carry the show just like Lincoln?
Many fans fear that Daryl will not be able to carry the show as he is a loner and speaks in bursts. People like him as a character on the show but not as the leader of the show. People are curious to see how Daryl-led show will look like. If the show was about a small group of survivals, then Daryl may succeed but unfortunately, the show is about a large community of zombies and Daryl does not look a good option as a leading role.
The show’s fans expressed their views about Lincoln’s character and how it never evolved. Critics also noted that Rick never polished himself as a character and also he did not learn from his mistakes.