Andrew Lincoln breaks hearts as he confirms 'Walking Dead' exit

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead Credit AMC

The Walking Dead season 9: What can you expect from the new series?

Andrew Lincoln has officially addressed his departure from The Walking Dead. "This will be my last season playing the part of Rick Grimes", he told fans at the panel. This is someone I have known for nearly a decade, somebody that I love.

AMC has released the new Fear the Walking Dead Season 4 trailer that teases the second half of the season. It means everything to me.

Robert Kirkman, who created The Walking Dead comic books, confirmed that Andrew was leaving the show and that the actor "wants to do something special" in his final episodes. I love the people that make this show.

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Ahead of his exit, former star David Morrissey, who played The Governor has spoken out on what the future holds for the show.

"It has been the most extraordinary, attractive experience of my career, largely because of you guys". "I think Angela is astonishing and leading with such class, and a light deftness of touch", Lincoln said. 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 almost six-minute video begins with Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) speaking to his archnemesis Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) from inside a holding cell. He said he is "going to take a break for a while", explaining that while the cast of The Walking Dead is his "surrogate family", "I have a real family and it's time for me to go home". The trailer also showed tensions running high as supposedly reformed saviors clash with other survivors in disputes about how their new civilization should function and treat one another.

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