During what I like to call The Walking Dead week from Hell, fans were taken on a roller coaster of emotions as stories broke left and right for the upcoming season 9 of the zombie drama. While dealing with the news that Lauren Cohan would be leaving the show midway through the season, it was later revealed that Andrew Lincoln was on his way out as well, and fans wanted some answers.
Well, shortly after that it was reported that Norman Reedus was in talks for a $20 million deal that would place him as the new lead for the show. Being that Reedus’ presence on the show has always been a tongue-in-cheek “stipulation” for many fans (remember the days of “if Daryl dies we riot?”), it would make sense that AMC would want to secure him in amongst the chaos of Lincoln and Cohan’s departure. This past weekend, however, while in TVLine’s San Diego Comic-Con interview room, Reedus set the record straight on the rumors and fans will be happy to know that Rick Grimes will always be the lead.
In fact, Reedus further reiterated new showrunner Angela Kang’s comments that season 9 would be all about the fierce women of The Walking Dead.
On an ensemble show like The Walking Dead, it can be difficult to give characters, and the talented actors who play them, the stories they deserve and now it looks like, with Andy’s departure, the doors will open for more people to step into the forefront and really shine. While we are sad that Rick will no longer be around, we are ready to see just what Kang and her team have in store! You can watch the full TVLine interview here!