The cast and crew of The Walking Dead are no strangers to keeping plot points secret, but fans recently put on their detective hats and figured out that Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes would be leaving the show much sooner than what was originally thought.
AMC recently revealed all of the Season 9 synopsis’ and the synopsis for episode 5 hinted that the episode would be Lincoln’s penultimate episode of AMC’s zombie drama.
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“Rick is forced to face the past as he struggles to maintain the safety of the communities and protect the future he and Carl envisioned.”
Meanwhile, there is no synopsis for episode 6 at all. The next one listed is for episode 7 and it makes no mention of Rick Grimes at all.
Since it was revealed that Andrew Lincoln would be leaving the show, fans have been speculating whether he would leave the show dead or alive.
New Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang would not comment on how Rick would leave the show, but she did promise fans tons of great performances were coming from the wide array of new characters that have already popped up or are still to come in Season 9.
This includes a few new residents at Hilltop: Connie (Lauren Ridloff), the first deaf person on the show, Tammy Rose (Brett Butler), and Earl (John Finn). We’ll also be introduced to Jed (Rhys Coiro), a Savior still fighting for the cause, Luke (Dan Fogler), a survivor wanting to join a community, Kelly (Angel Theory), Connie’s sister, and Justin (Zach McGowen), another Savior who is not willing to work with the other groups to forge a better world.
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Of course, the biggest story heading into Season 9 is still Lincoln’s departure after playing Rick for 8 years. Although Rick and Daryl (Norman Reedus) have had their differences in recent seasons, Reedus admitted that saying goodbye to Lincoln was the hardest things he’s had to do.
“He’s one of my best, best friends so I’m just going to miss him more than anything,” Reedus shared.
The new season of The Walking Dead continues Sunday nights on AMC.