As long-time fans are known, The Walking Dead has not been on the road lately. The ratings have dropped, and Lauren Cohan – whose Season 8 was founded as the likely successor to Rick Grimes – will likely appear less in the series as she takes part in her new drama ABC's Whiskey Cavalier works. Then came the news of Tuesday: Andrew Lincoln, of the eight seasons in which Rick Grimes played, is reported to be in Season 9. After an Anonymous Report by Collider Norman Reedus Daryl Dixon, a longtime fan favorite, will later endeavor to take over Rick's place in the center of the series. But given Daryl's listless position in recent years, this decision could also be problematic.
Per Collider, Lincoln will appear in only half a dozen episodes in the next season before he gets out. When he was reached by e-mail, an AMC representative V.F. & # 39; s request for comment on the report.
It is unclear whether the reported output was Lincoln's idea or that of the show. But it seems likely that the show is actively taking a new direction, given AMC's decision to move Scott Gimple to a position where he oversees and taps The Walking Dead as a whole Angela Kang takes Gimple's place as Show Runner for the flagship series. Fear the Walking Dead, also had a show-runner shake-up this season, which has so far shown very positive results.
Fear is a much younger show than The Walking Dead – meaning that his problems were far less deeply rooted. But removing Rick from the series would actually be a big step in the right direction. Rick has been a bad leader for a long time, especially since Negan started breaking Rick's mental strength. And while Negan was intended as a foil for Rick, he is gradually becoming a cartoon parody of the show's protagonist – one who exposes the truth that Rick has somehow become less over eight seasons of character while others around him have discovered their hidden crowd. Now, especially with Carl's death, Rick's position at the center of this story seems more dubious than ever.
That's all well and good. But whether we say goodbye to Rick with a bittersweet farewell or a cruel death, the main question is whether Daryl really is the next logical choice to replace him. Daryl's character development stagnated a few years ago, after Beth Green's death; since then he mostly swims around the sidelines, rebels and chooses a fight here and there. Yes, Daryl was kidnapped and then escaped the saviors – and blamed himself for Glenn's death. But none of this has proven to be particularly effective; For the most part, Daryl has been lost amidst the chaos of Rick's war on the saviors, even at moments when he should be noticed.
In fact, the show's female characters – especially Michonne and Maggie – appear to be best positioned to take Rick as the protagonist. But after Cohan has dealt with another network and Danai Gurira made a name for himself in the blockbuster world of Marvel, it is understandable that the network wants to hedge its bets with someone more likely Long haul. Reedus, who currently has two shows on AMC Walking Dead and Ride with Norman Reedus is a logical choice from this perspective. Still, Daryl will have to do some heavy exercises over the next season to prove he has more than a crush of die-hard fans in his corner. It's a start, but it will probably take more than that to regain some of the fans who have defected in recent years.