The rock band Kiss is making headlines this week as ticket sales open up for their “End of the Road” final tour; but longtime fans of group recall their “Farewell Tour,” which concluded in 2001. Some felt misled when the band walked back their retirement declaration and began playing shows again just two years later in 2003. Not enough time passed between the farewell and the return for everyone to be on board. Well, The Walking Dead, has Kiss beat in this regard, as Chief Content Officer Scott Gimple announced Andrew Lincoln’s return to the franchise as Rick Grimes just minutes after the credits rolled on his highly-publicized departure from the franchise!
Andrew Lincoln’s final appearance as Rick Grimes on AMC’s The Walking Dead will happen during the November 4th episode, and longtime fans have a lot to say about his inevitable departure. It turns out that Lincoln himself has some thoughts and emotions about this momentous occasion, and he pulled them all together in the form of a heartfelt letter to fans of the series and members of the press who have been covering the franchise since its inception.
In his letter, Lincoln chronicles his experiences through the course of over 115 episodes and 400 zombie slayings, and he ultimately concludes on the united feeling between the cast and fans of the series all over the world. Despite the fact that he’s leaving the series, Lincoln teases that he knows where the franchise is headed, and it’s “quite incredible.” You can read his entire letter below, courtesy of TV Guide: read more
We hate to sound like a broken record but The Walking Dead ratings continue to hit new lows. Deadline is reporting that the trend continued with the shows latest episode, “Warning Signs.” The episode drew a score of 1.94 among the coveted 18-49 demographic.
Andrew Lincoln has only two episodes left and will depart the series on November 4. There is no word yet on how Lincoln’s character Rick Grimes will leave the series. Speculation from fans on social media encompass many different scenarios including Grimes will simply go on his own journey, while others guess that he will save his friends but suffer a zombie bite in the process. read more
Deadline has a report on the latest Walking Dead ratings and things are not looking good for the series. Following a weekend where the cast of the AMC series shambled into New York Comic Con, around 6.1 million viewers tuned into the Season 9 debut “A New Beginning” which aired on October 7. The rating indicates an enormous drop of 47% from over 11 million that watched the Season 8 opener last October.
The rating decline could be skewed though as AMC offers an online service called AMC Premiere which allowed users to view the season premiere episode a day early. Whether or not those numbers could make a dent in the huge rating deficit remain unknown as the AMC Premiere numbers are not available. read more
It’s no surprise that Andrew Lincoln’s final performance as Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead will be featured in the upcoming season. Now that the cat’s out of the bag, AMC is using the news to help with advertising Season Nine of the long-running zombie television series. Introducing: the “Rick Grimes’ Final Episodes” trailer… a “new” clip which is essentially a previously released trailer with a couple of key edits. The footage is all the same as what can be found in the original SDCC 2018 trailer, but this time around the music is a little different and the volume of the mysterious whispering has been raised now that we know who has been cast as the new villains… The Whisperers. You can watch the new edit below: read more
The Walking Dead panel at this year’s San Diego Comic Con included a brand new trailer for Season Nine and the official date for the upcoming season premiere. The clip features Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and crew rebuilding their new society while tensions clash between various groups of survivors. You can watch the trailer below:
At the Comic Con panel, Andrew Lincoln confirmed that Season Nine will indeed be his final season on the show. He received a standing ovation from emotional fans who have been watching his character’s development since the show began in 2010. read more
Fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead are used to seeing the show continue without some of their favorite characters… but what if the next big character exit were none other than Rick Grimes?
Collider reported this afternoon that Andrew Lincoln will be leaving the series next season, marking a departure of the main character of the franchise. No further reasons were given for Lincoln’s departure, but several news outlets are citing off-screen drama between the talent and the studio bean counters, including Lauren Cohan’s recent very-public contract negotiations. read more
EW reporter Dalton Ross recently speculated what The Walking Dead would be like without titular character Rick Grimes. It appears that Andrew Linclon and Robert Kirkman have also considered it.
Ross spoke to Lincoln recently, and he told Ross that “I was talking to James Badge Dale about acting, and we were just talking about completing stories. I think that there’s an innate feeling and certainly in me that I love doing a play or doing the film because you get to put a period on the end of it and you get to do it nightly, which is really exciting. TV is different. The format is different because it is about sort of a continuum. But, you know, there is a sense to me that really needs some… it sounds like I’m in a shrink’s head, but there is a completion thing that I think I deserve for doing it for so long. And also probably the audience would like some completion.” read more