Daryl Dixon will be back for another season of The Walking Dead after star Norman Reedus negotiated a $20 million paycheck to stay on the popular AMC series. But, fans should expect a couple of changes. Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) will only appear in six episodes in the ninth season before exiting the show, and Maggie Rhea (Lauren Cohen) will be splitting her time between The Walking Dead and a new ABC action-drama.
Lincoln is leaving to focus on his movie career, and Cohan has booked the lead in the new show Whiskey Cavalier along with Felicity alum Scott Foley. So, this means that she will be splitting her time between Atlanta and Los Angeles.
Recap of the huge #TWD news:
• Andrew Lincoln is leaving.
• Lauren Cohan is signed on for 6 more episodes & then is leaving.
• Norman Reedus is taking over the leading role of the show.
• Danai Gurira’s contract is up after Season 9, extremely likely to leave too. pic.twitter.com/HKt4SXkAuq
— #TWD Fan Page (@FTWDFans) May 30, 2018
Cohan has been on the show since season two, but she says that there is still a lot more of Maggie’s story to tell. But because she will be on two different series, Cohan will only appear in six of the first eight episodes of The Walking Dead’s ninth season, and we don’t know yet if she will be part of the second half of the season at all.
As for Reedus, in addition to his new payday, he also has some other big things happening in his life. According to US Weekly, the 49-year-old and his girlfriend, Diane Kruger, are expecting their first baby together.
The news comes after speculation that Kruger was hiding a baby bump by wearing oversized gowns at the Cannes Film Festival and abstaining from alcohol at events earlier in the year. The 41-year-old also fueled the rumors this past week when she shared a black-and-white pic of herself on Instagram with a footprint emoji.
Reedus and Kruger made their red-carpet debut as a couple this past January at the 2018 Golden Globes, and they shared a kiss a few days later while walking the carpet at the Critics’ Choice Awards. But, romance rumors have swirled since March 2017 when cameras caught them kissing in New York City.
Diane Kruger & Norman Reedus are having a baby!! https://t.co/VTUN0yJRLX
— HollywoodLife (@HollywoodLife) May 29, 2018
Since then, the couple has packed on the PDA at the U.S. Open in September, and they have also traveled to Costa Rica together.
Before Reedus and Kruger got together, he dated model Helena Christensen from 1998 to 2003, and they share a son – 18-year-old Mingus Lucien Reedus. And, Kruger was married to Guillaume Canet from 2001 to 2006 and she also dated Dawson’s Creek star Joshua Jackson from 2006 to 2016.
New episodes of The Walking Dead will return to AMC this fall.
Norman Reedus and Diane Kruger have not commented on the rumors surrounding a possible pregnancy.