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Beloved father, fearless leader and unparalleled walker slayer Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) is departing “The Walking Dead” for good this weekend, but that doesn’t mean his memory won’t live on.

Speaking with Variety at the show’s season nine premiere, the cast of “The Walking Dead” reflected on their time acting alongside Lincoln’s character before offering up their thoughts on what his future tombstone might say. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays the villainous Negan, led the cast with one of the more heartfelt tombstone suggestions, proposing “Here lies Rick Grimes, the pain in the ass that I will love until the day I die.”

Ross Marquand, who plays Aaron, offered up a similarly positive message: “Loving father, devoted husband, fantastic leader, great gunslinger,” he said. However, other cast members were much more succinct, with Alanna Masterson (Tara Chambler) suggesting, “Go f—ck yourself” and Christian Serratos (Rosita Espinosa) proposing a simple “Badass.”

Echoing Serratos’ tombstone sentiment, Tom Payne (Paul “Jesus” Rovia) also highlighted Rick’s hardened personality with his tombstone message, “you didn’t know who you were f—ing with,” while Callan McAuliffe (Alden) suggested “legend” – not only for Lincoln’s character but for the actor himself, he added.

Scott Gimple, the show’s executive producer, rounded out the cast suggestions with his own more philosophical response: “Here lies a person who had to stop being a person to be a person.”

Related: Andrew Lincoln Explains Why He’s Leaving ‘The Walking Dead’

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