Since the beginning, both in comic book and television format, the world of The Walking Dead has caused fans to be prepared at any moment to lose characters that they might be attached too. In a zombie apocalypse anyone could be taken out at anytime in sometimes gruesome or depressing ways.
In recent times the AMC television series version has lost a lot of middle to big cast members. Fans have not taken some of the losses well and the latest seeming loss is definitely one that many are not taking well.
Recently it was announced that Andrew Lincoln, who has spent eight seasons playing the series lead Rick Grimes, is preparing to be written out of the show in the upcoming season nine and some fans are trying to change that. A fan going by the name or alias of John Smith began a petition on Change.org to try and convince those behind the zombie series to change their minds.
Andrew Lincolns eight year run as Rick Grimes on The Walking Dead TV series has been an extraordinary and magnificent performance. Millions of fans worldwide have come to be so invested in the beloved character and his importance to the show.
News of the the actors departure in the first half of season nine has shocked die hard and casual fans of the show. The large majority feel the character is what makes The Walking Dead what it is.
Many feel Lincolns final six episode deal is the negative result of the controversy within the AMC production. From Carl’s death, budget issues to Lauren Cohan’s pay dispute with AMC.
Sign this petition to encourage the creators behind the show and Lincoln himself to rethink the magnitude of the premature death of the character who has been set up to restore civilisation, law and order and to raise his daughter safely. Andrew Lincoln has poured his heart and soul into the show and if he feels it’s time to bookend the characters story and have more time with his family, the creators behind the show should reconsider the timing of his departure and the effect his death will have on the shows overall arcs and other characters. Will Judith even remember her father?
As this appears to be a choice of Lincoln to want to move on rather than a choice of producers or the showrunner, this petition is likely not to change much. That being said, it does show how dedicated to the show and characters like Rick that some fans are.
In Rick’s place, reports are that the producers are trying to work with Norman Reedus to get him a raise in order to up Darryl Dixon to the main series lead position and new leader for the apocalypse survivors.
The Walking Dead returns in October.