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A director of The Walking Dead has insisted that the hit zombie series “will still be great” after Andrew Lincoln’s expected departure.
It was reported last week, meaning that Lincoln’s time on The Walking Dead playing Rick Grimes will come to an end at the conclusion of the show’s upcoming ninth season, which is currently filming.
While network bosses at AMC has still yet to confirm or deny the reports, Lincoln’s expected departure has seemingly been confirmed by Michael E. Satrazemis, who has directed 13 episodes of The Walking Dead since 2014.
As reported by ComicBook, Satrazemis padi tribute to Lincoln in a post on Instagram – which has since been deleted.
The director’s post read: “Many of us have spent the last 8 yrs [sic] of our lives living, working, creating, high fiving, hugging and sometimes even bleeding real blood with Andy [Lincoln]. All to make something special. He is one of the greatest men I’ve ever met. And a friend.
“The show will miss him as much as you,” he continued in reference to life on The Walking Dead following Rick’s departure. “It will be different but it will still be great. All of us who love making [The Walking Dead] keep creating our asses off and sometimes even bleed for you.”
According to reports, Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon, will step up to become the main star of The Walking Dead.