Get ready to say goodbye to Rick Grimes.
Today is a sad day for many longtime fans of The Walking Dead, as the stalwart leader of the zombie apocalypse was announced to be leaving the series later this year.
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Lincoln is expected to appear in just six new episodes, less than half of the 16 installments booked. Cohan is the lead on an upcoming ABC series called Whiskey Cavalier, so she will presumably be leaving The Walking Dead in Season 9 as well.
All that said, AMC can probably expect a big boost in the ratings on the night Lincoln makes his exit.
Lincoln, who plays survivor leader Rick Grimes, will reportedly only appear in six episodes of Season 9. In March, it was reported that Cohan was holding out on signing the contract for Season 9 in order to improve her deal.
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After the departure of Chandler Riggs (Carl "CORALL" Grimes) last season, Lincoln's Rick is one of the last Season 1 characters still on the show. The most important thing, of course, is how narratively truthful and character-based both Lincoln and Cohan's departures will be handled. Reedus, who has a good relationship with AMC, also has another television series on the network called 'Ride with Norman Reedus'.
As for Reedus, his crossbow-wielding badass of a character has reportedly been offered enough motivation to not only stay on board, but take over as protagonist. When reached by SYFY WIRE, AMC declined to comment on the report. It's going to be a very different show with characters handling very different issues, challenges and threats than we've seen before.
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