Kirkman, who created the comic book series on which the show is based, said, “It’s looking that way” when asked about rumors of Lincoln’s exit.
“But at the end of the day, it’s all about Andrew Lincoln,” he continued. “This is a human being. This is someone I have known for almost a decade, somebody that I love. He’s been sweating in Georgia away from his family for so long.”
Lincoln, who has been with the show since its very first episode, is not the only series regular said to be exiting “The Walking Dead” this season. Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie, is only going to be appearing in a handful of episodes in Season 9 as she has signed on to star in the new ABC spy drama “Whiskey Cavalier.”
Norman Reedus, better known to fans as Daryl, is also rumored to be negotiating a hefty pay raise as he moves into the top spot on the long-running series.