Viewers of the AMC’s hit show ‘The Walking Dead’ will be left in shock to know that the protagonist of the show Andrew Lincoln is quitting.
He plays the character named ‘Rick Grimes’ who has been the centre of the hit zombie-apocalypse show, his evolution correlates to the evolution of the show from Deputy Sheriff to a zombie killing machine, a force to be reckoned with.
At the peak of his career, the 44-year-old British actor is shifting his focus towards the film industry. It is believed that his contract expires after just six episodes of the upcoming ninth season of the show which has been around for almost a decade. There is a possibility that the show may carry on without him, but for Andrew, his decision of quitting the show is final.
A source told a news outlet: ‘Andrew is leaving because he’s had enough of it and wants to focus his energy on movies.’
How the show’s lead character will leave the series is yet to be revealed – however, there are several speculations from reputable sources that his Rick Grimes will be killed off. Many of the shows long committed fans seem certain that this move of Andrew will kill the series completely. When it comes to ratings, the show has been in free-fall in recent months due to unsettling and violent scenes and the death of original character Carl Grimes.
However, Norman Reedus has stepped forward to fill the shoes of Andrew Lincoln as a lead character, it is believed that he has already signed a $20million dollar contract for committing to the show.
It seems like Lincoln is not the only one who is done with the show, Lauren Cohan, who appears on the same show as Maggie Greene, is also believed to be leaving the show after the ninth season and she is also thought to appear in six episodes of the ninth season. She has been in high demand and now has her very own show, Whiskey Cavalier, in production.
Fans are shocked by these sudden changes in the cast and took their frustration to social media. ‘The most heart-breaking news of 2018 is that Andrew Lincoln is leaving TWD,’ one distraught fan tweeted.