Andrew Lincoln leaving the show after season 9

The Walking Dead Carl's letter to Rick

In The Walking Dead season eight mid-season premiere, viewers watched core character Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) lose his life.

While it's unsurprising that Lincoln might want to leave The Walking Dead after almost a decade of playing that single role, Rick has been at the center of the show since the very beginning.

Andrew Lincoln is reportedly departing from The Walking Dead after eight years on the show as sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes with season nine set to be his last. According to CB several other main cast members are near the end of their contracts as well which leaves the fate of AMC's signature hit in jeopardy after season 9. There had been some conflict earlier this year about pay disparity and that may have been the nail in the coffin for Cohen's relationship with The Walking Dead.

It seems odd to plan an expensive spinoff rollout without the show's biggest star, though perhaps the network is looking for some new blood.

AMC, meanwhile, has not commented on the matter and it's likely they'll want to hang on to the news for as long as possible. While Cohan will return in a limited fashion, she also booked a starring role in a new ABC series called Whiskey Cavalier that was picked up to series just a few weeks ago.

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Shortly after, both clubs, City and United talked with Shakhtar and with my agents about a possible transfer. It will not affect me (at the World Cup) because the situation started months ago.

Like Cohan, Lincoln will be phased out over the coming season. Melissa McBride has also signed on for season nine.

The significant losses in front of the camera come amid shakeups behind the scenes, as showunner Scott Gimple was promoted to a position overseeing the larger Walking Dead franchise, while Angela Kang was promoted to succeed him.

The eighth series received its lowest ratings since season one, and is thought to have lost a third of its young adult audience.

Norman Reedus is supposedly getting a substantial raise to take over the show's lead role.

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