We learned a couple months back that Andrew Lincoln, who has of course played Rick Grimes on AMC’s “The Walking Dead” from the very beginning, would be leaving the show sometime during Season 9, with Grimes only appearing in about half of the season’s episodes. We still don’t know if Grimes is going to be dying, but the news has at least been confirmed.
At his San Diego Comic Con panel tonight, “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman spoke about Lincoln leaving, which is the first time it’s been addressed by the creative forces.
“It’s looking that way,” Kirkman said, when asked about Lincoln leaving. “This is somebody that I’ve known for almost a decade, somebody that I love… he’s been sweating in Georgia away from his family for so long. [Lincoln] wants to do something special on the way out. We’ve got something amazing planned… anybody who loves Rick Grimes, loves the world of The Walking Dead, you’re gonna want to see what we do.”
He added, speaking on how Lincoln leaving will impact the show, “[Rick’s departure] does make the differences between the comic and the show a little bit more pronounced.”
Reportedly, Norman Reedus has been offered a whole lot of money to take over as the series’ new main character, once Grimes is either written off or just plain killed off.
Should be interesting, to say the least.