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Unveiling the Surprising Secrets Surrounding Andrew Lincoln's Abrupt Departure from The Walking Dead in Season 9!
2024/01/31

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Following actor Andrew Lincoln's exit from the hit series, the reason given why Rick left The Walking Dead during season 9 ended up setting up much of the rest of the series and beyond. AMC launched The Walking Dead in 2010, a series that remains popular over a decade later. Based on the acclaimed comic series by Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead's lead role of Rick Grimes was played by Andrew Lincoln. A mainstay from season 1, it seemed inevitable that Rick would be one of the few season 1 TWD characters to stay the course.

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However, Rick leaving The Walking Dead in season 9 opened up the franchise's future.

Andrew Lincoln's Departure: A Shock to Fans

Even for a show like The Walking Dead with its shocking character deaths and an ever-changing cast list, Lincoln's season 9 exit was a huge shock to viewers. One of the reasons The Walking Dead gained such a big following was the frequency and unpredictable nature of major characters suddenly dying during the zombie apocalypse story — a story told with Rick Grimes as a narrative anchor.

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Surprisingly, the reason why Rick left The Walking Dead was not due to his character's death but rather a decision by the actor that left the future of Rick Grimes open — enabling him to return for the TWD finale and upcoming spin-off The Ones Who Live.

The Reason Behind Rick Grimes' Exit

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