In an IMDB interview, Kirkman, who also created the comic book series that inspired the television show, addresses the rumors that the upcoming ninth season will be Lincoln's last. The show, which has always used the Image Comics series as more of a loose guideline, will soon become even more of its own independent thing.
The British actor, who has starred in the post-apocalyptic series as Rick Grimes since it began in 2010, officially announced his exit at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday.
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"This will be my last season playing the part of Rick Grimes". Here's what Lincoln had to say about it.
The show itself will go on, though, as evidenced by the massive season 9 trailer. "I mean, I'm speaking on behalf of Robert Kirkman, but it was sold to me by my agent that it was seen through the eyes of Rick and then it would turn into an ensemble". I love the people who make this show. I am particularly fond of the people that watch this show.
With tears in his eyes, he thanked the crowd and legions of fans for making the show "the most extraordinary, amazing, handsome experience" of his career. The trailer is as lengthy as it is revealing; clocking in at just about six minutes, it has a lot to offer in terms of what we can expect from Season 9.
The British actor added, "I think that [new showrunner] Angela [Kang] is astonishing, leading with such class". Brown also served as moderator for The Walking Dead panel.
Andrew Lincoln sounded quite emotional and honest while addressing the crowd.