Following yesterday’s episode of The Walking Dead, AMC has announced that Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes only has two episodes left in the series. Lincoln is leaving the series so that he can spend more time with his family in the UK. “I have two young children, and I live in a different country, and they become less portable as they get older,” Lincoln previously told EW. “It was that simple. It was time for me to come home.”
The actor won’t be completely out of the picture, however, as he has stated that he intends to direct an episode of The Walking Dead Season 10.
In related news, AMC has released the preview and first clip for Episode 4 of Season 9. Titled “The Obliged,” the episode is described as follows: “Rick’s vision of a civilized future is threatened by a sudden reckoning with past sins that remain unavenged and unforgiven.” You can watch both the preview and clip below.
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Last season brought the culmination of “All Out War,” which pitted Rick Grimes and his group of survivors against the Saviors and their cunning leader, Negan. With Negan’s life in his hands, Rick had a character-defining choice in front of him. By making the unilateral decision to spare Negan, Rick upheld the values his late son, Carl, championed in order to build for the future, but created conflict within his group.
Now, we see our survivors a year and a half after the end of the war, rebuilding civilization under Rick’s steadfast leadership. It is a time of relative peace among the communities as they work together, looking to the past to forge the future, but the world they knew is rapidly changing as man-made structures continue to degrade, and nature takes over, changing the landscape and creating new challenges for our survivors.
As time passes, the communities confront unexpected obstacles, danger, and of course, walkers, but nothing quite prepares them for the formidable force they are about to encounter, which threatens the very idea of civilization that our survivors have worked so hard to build.
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, The Walking Dead reigns the number one drama on television among adults 18-49 for the last six seasons. The series is executive produced by chief content officer Scott M. Gimple, showrunner Angela Kang, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero, Tom Luse and Denise Huth.