Should We Have Seen Andrew Lincoln’s Departure From ‘The Walking Dead’ Coming?

The news that Andrew Lincoln was leaving ‘The Walking Dead’ shocked everyone, but should we have seen this coming?  Going back through prior interviews with Lincoln regarding his character’s story arc, it seems that he has hinted at leaving the show (or even the show itself ending) for some time.  And he mentioned that he couldn’t imagine Rick going on if Carl was gone.  Well, as we now know, Carl (Chandler Riggs) died during Season Eight.  It appears that this may be the reason why Lincoln chose to say farewell to this hit series.

“I think that when we got the news that Carl was dying on the show — it certainly for me — it felt like very much a bookend of a much bigger journey that began in the hospital.

“Searching for his wife and his son were the two engines that kept this man alive at the beginning of the show eight years.  To lose the second engine that fueled him, at this point, certainly did feel, to me personally, not just the end of a chapter but a book, really.”

In December, when asked, Lincoln mused that ‘The Walking Dead’ needed to have an endgame in place, in order to give fans a satisfying close.

“I really feel that the fans — and also for my own satisfaction — that there deserves to be an end point. There needs to be an end game and that is something that is definitely being talked about.  I can’t get into all of that. But all of that will be answered.”

Lincoln lives in England with his family and commutes to the US to film ‘The Walking Dead’.  Other than the AMC series, Lincoln hasn’t sought roles in any other projects.  He may just want to take things easy and spend more time with his family.  He is expected to appear in six out of the 16 new episodes in season nine.

Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie, will also only be appearing in six episodes, as she has been cast in the new ABC series ‘Whiskey Cavalier’, which will debut midseason.  AMC has signed Norman Reedus to a new $20 million contract that would make Daryl Dixon the main character on ‘The Walking Dead’ from this point on.

Are you still watching ‘The Walking Dead’?  What do you think about the show losing its star?


Jason Motes

Jason’s earliest memory is of watching ‘Batman,’ followed shortly by a memory of playing Batman & Robin with a friend, which entailed running outside in just their underwear and towels as capes. When adults told them they couldn’t run around outside in their underwear, both boys promptly whipped theirs off and ran around in just capes. Jason’s father gamely agreed to read him comic books as bedtime stories instead of ‘Snow White.’ (Super Friends being his favorite.) Jason saw all of the original Star Wars movies (and Indiana Jones and Superman and Star Trek…) in the theaters. Yes, he is old. And grew up in the most GEEKTASTIC decade ever, the 80s, devouring a steady diet of GI Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power and (best of all) Jem! (It totally counts as sci fi! They had a sentient computer that projected holograms!) Jason has studied literature, journalism, film history and has a degree in creative writing (and a minor in psychology) from the University of South Alabama. He has worked as a technical writer and proofreader. These days, most of his creative energy goes into his blog and writing for this site! He lives with the cutest puppies ever.

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