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Andrew Lincoln Wanted To Leave The Walking Dead Sooner

Some more news on Andrew Lincoln leaving The Walking Dead as today we learn the actor wanted to leave the show after last season, instead of making his now well-known departure from the show during the upcoming ninth season. Lincoln recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly, and explained that his exit from the show has long been on his mind.

“I had a conversation during season 4 with [executive producer] Scott Gimple about this. You know, we shared young families and there was a lot of synchronicity between the two of us that were two heads of a show that seemed to be getting bigger and bigger. We spoke about it and said, ‘There’s got to be a shape. We need a shape to work out if we get to season 5 then maybe we’ve got a couple more.’ There were all these ifs and buts and strategies. And I said, eight sounds like a good number.’ Eight seasons was certainly something. Last season was a shape that I had in my head and it was certainly something that Scott was possibly thinking about as well that was a completion of a certain chapter which could be called Rick’s falling.”

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So what made Lincoln decide to stay on the show a little while longer? He explains below.

“Season 8 came and it got more complicated. I realized that rather than have the funeral, I had to prepare for the funeral and I had to make sure everybody was comfortable with the funeral arrangements. And I don’t think I was ready for the funeral! You know what I mean? I was like, I don’t think I’m ready to go yet!”

Well, I am glad Lincoln decided to stick around, I mean, who doesn’t love Rick, right? It’s a bummer to know he won’t be on the show much longer, but I understand his reasoning, and depending on how he leaves the show, he may be able to show up from time to time. Along with Lincoln’s Rick Grimes, Lauren Cohan’s Maggie, will also make an exit from the show this season, the how or when isn’t known, but both of their exits are much anticipated by fans.

The ninth season of AMC’s The Walking Dead premieres next Sunday, October 7, will you be watching? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Source: EW

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