– by Joseph Jammer Medina

AMC better get ready to drop some serious bank, because no matter which way they slice it, money will most certainly be spent. As we reported earlier this week, Andrew Lincoln is on his way out of The Walking Dead, the network’s long-running zombie series that’s headed into its ninth season.

Lincoln is a standout because he’s sort of the last remaining artifact of the first season of the series, with his character’s son Carl Grimes getting killed off earlier this year. 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.

According to THR, the actor is currently in the midst of negotiations, and if things work out, he may be getting north of $20 million for being the lead of the series. While it’s not specified in the piece, I think it’s easy to assume that they mean $20 million for the season.

Given that The Walking Dead is currently one of the highest rated shows in its 18-49 demographic, we’re sure AMC will be able to foot the bill. The big question is if they think the actor is worth as much, or if they think they can get another actor for much cheaper, as the network is no stranger to negotiations going south.

What do you think of Reedus taking in a hefty paycheck for next season? Sound off down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.