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Multiple news sources are reporting that Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes, will be leaving The Walking Dead after season 9.

ComicBook.com said it's still unclear how Lincoln will be written off. Lincoln is one of the few early cast members - actors who joined the show during Season 3 or before - left standing.

Daily Star Online has contacted a representative for The Walking Dead for comment. What's more, Lincoln's Rick is still the focal point of creator Robert Kirkman's comic series on which the AMC drama is based. With Reedus also working for AMC for Ride with Norman Reedus, the guy has earned a serious pay bump.

The Walking Dead Season 9 is now filming in Georgia, with contract talks now underway, so it still remains to be seen who will be staying around and who won't be returning.

Ultimately Lauren Cohan signed on for six episodes in the first half of season 9, although it isn't likely that she will appear in any episodes after that.

According to Collider, Lincoln will be appearing in just six episodes of the forthcoming ninth season, and his departure will happen before the finale.

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Lincoln's exit might all be part of a bigger shake-up on the show, which has seen its ratings dwindle in the last two years.

There's no way to hide this huge spoiler for the upcoming Walking Dead season, so let's get it out of the way: Rick Grimes dies. After ABC picked up Whiskey to series for a midseason bow, it closed the door on Cohan's full-time return to the series - even if she had closed a new deal.

We're suddenly in fear for "The Walking Dead" for reasons totally unrelated to zombies. The fans will never see Carl become a man because AMC did not recast the character and took the easy way out.

Season nine is now in production.

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon in The Walking Dead.