- by Dan Zinski
- in TV News
Andrew Lincoln is reportedly leaving The Walking Dead after Season 9, while Norman Reedus was offered a pay raise to take the lead in the series. For AMC's long-running zombie drama The Walking Dead great changes are imminent. After the ratings in seasons 7 and 8 have declined significantly, the show will get a new showrunner for season 9 in the longtime author Angela Kang. Former showrunner Scott Gimple has taken over all Walking Dead -related property at AMC
TWD has already shaken its main cast last season with the shocking demise of the year-long regular Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs ). Later, the finale ended the season's All Out War game and the defeat ̵
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Now, in the biggest shock of all, longtime lead actor Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes, is reportedly going to the show leave. Walking Dead after the upcoming ninth season. As reported by Collider Lincoln is expected to appear only in half a dozen episodes of the season. In addition, Collider says Norman Reedus, who plays fan-favorite character Daryl Dixon, was offered big money to become the series after Lincoln's departure.
Andrew Lincoln is not the only major series actor to appear in just a few episodes in the upcoming season. According to reports, Maggie Rhee actress Lauren Cohan will see a lower workload even after signing up for the new season. Cohan has recently signed for the ABC series Whiskey Cavalier which has led to speculation that she could move away from TWD altogether. Cohan, however, was able to negotiate a contract in which she can film Whiskey Cavalier which has already been mass-produced and continues The Walking Dead .
Unlike Cohan, Andrew Lincoln has no major announced commitments that pull him away from The Walking Dead . But no doubt the actor has received many offers in recent years that he was forced to decline because of his obligations to the hit series. Now he will probably have the freedom to pursue other projects. Since Lincoln will appear in only a few episodes before he leaves the series, Angela Kang has the task to pack Rick Grimes Arc in just a few hours of television.
What happens to The Walking Dead without Rick, the main character of the show since Season 1, is nobody's guess. However, many have long speculated that the show could go on successfully without Rick Grimes. In fact, some have even argued that Rick's character, who is subject to constant wild behavioral changes, has become a disadvantage to the series. In the past season, many even complained that Rick had lost his moral compass completely and became worse than even Negan. Whatever happens to The Walking Dead it is clear that the show will soon be very different. But will the changes reverse the sagging ratings of the series? And how long will the series go beyond the ninth season?
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