The outlet also notes that they've heard AMC has "offered substantial compensation" to Norman Reedus, who plays fan favorite Daryl Dixon, to stay on board and possibly take over as the lead if Lincoln does exit the series. Finally! He's been the star of AMC's The Walking Dead for eight years, but Andrew Lincoln will not return for a tenth season.
Additionally, Lincoln's on-screen son, Chandler Rigg's Carl, was killed off the show late previous year. Rick Grimes was the central character in the story from the beginning. AMC declined to comment to ET. Co-star Norman Reedus is now negotiating a new deal that will reportedly pay him around $20 million per season to become the new face of the series.
Lincoln's departure comes on the heels of co-star Lauren Cohan's contract negotiation, which saw Cohan holding out for a more lucrative deal.
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Ana - andrew lincoln/rick grimes is the most important person on the walking dead. idc what you say, there's no show without him. It's going to be a very different show with characters handling very different issues, challenges and threats than we've seen before.
According to the writeup, Lincoln is expect to appear in only six episodes of the next season, after which his character will apparently be gone for good. Cohan is scheduled to star in another TV series on ABC called Whiskey Cavalier.
But I do think Lincoln has been on the show for far too long, and I wouldn't mind seeing him try his hand at other things.
What has happened to The Walking Dead? So with the original leads pretty much completely departed, you know the focus would have to change substantially, and the leading man the network was supposedly looking to was Norman Reedus. Scott Gimple has been announced to be the Chief Content Officer of The Walking Dead universe at AMC.