The Walking Dead returns in October on AMC.
It seems odd to plan an expensive spinoff rollout without the show's biggest star, though perhaps the network is looking for some new blood. AMC has not commented whether or not season 9 will be the final season with the news of Lincoln and Cohen's possible departure. Although she did ultimately sign on for the next season, Cohan will only appear in six episodes, as she will also be filming the ABC drama Whiskey Cavalier.
In addition to Lincoln, there have also been murmurings that Lauren Cohan, aka Maggie Greene, will leave this season as well.
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Another popular character, Morgan Jones (Lennie James), left The Walking Dead after Season 8, moving to sister series Fear the Walking Dead in the first character crossover between the two shows. "The differences that people will be seeing in season nine and beyond are going to be pronounced".
Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon in The Walking Dead. Can the show survive without him?
"When talking about the remainder of season eight, former showrunner Scott Gimple told TVLine: "[They are] absolutely on the menu. Reedus - who, along with Lincoln and Melissa McBride (Carol), is one of the few actors remaining from season one - has been a fan favourite for as long as the show has been on air.