Andrew has been the driving force behind The Walking Dead for the past eight seasons but the actor who plays the role of Rick Grimes on the show, is said to be leaving the hit AMC post-apocalyptic zombie series during season nine.
The 44-year-old actor is only set to appear in six of the anticipated 16 episodes in the ninth season, prompting speculation that he will finally be killed off be a walker.
A source told Us Weekly on Tuesday: ‘Andrew is leaving because he’s had enough of it and wants to focus his energy on movies.’
When asked about Andrew’s departure, AMC offered ‘no comment’ to Deadline.
t’s not yet clear whether Rick’s exit storyline will be left open for his return, or whether he will be killed off.
Instead the website claimed that ‘the exact parameters of that exit are being determined’.
Meanwhile, Andrew’s co-star Norman Reedus, who stars as Daryl Dixon, is said to have negotiated a $20million paycheck to stay on the hit series.
His character will be ‘even more in the spotlight,’ Deadline reports, with a source hinting that, ‘he will definitely continue fighting the good fight’ in Rick’s absence.
It was simultaneously reported on Tuesday that actor Reedus’ girlfriend Diane Kruger, 41, is pregnant with their first child.
The German actress posted a black-and-white photo of herself on Instagram alongside a footprint emoji and is believed to have been concealing a bump during Cannes Film Festival.
Culled from Daily Mail, US Weekly
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