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Walking Dead's Andrew Lincoln to Continue Playing Rick Grimes in Three Movies for AMC

Andrew Lincoln‘s final episode on The Walking Dead just aired, but you don’t have to say goodbye to Rick Grimes just yet.

The 45-year-old actor will continue playing the beloved character for three feature-length movies that will air on AMC. We won’t spoil you on how Rick exited The Walking Dead, but there is obviously a way for him to continue!

“It’s not the beginning of the end, it’s the end of the beginning,” Andrew said on The Talking Dead after the episode aired. “And I like the idea that we get to tell a bigger story, maybe with a sort of wider vista. And I’ve always been interested in what’s going on out there, you know, whether or not there is contact with the wider world. I want to know the meta of it all. And I suppose to be able to kind of touch upon that in a contained story for me is a very exciting proposition … Maybe it’s the start of a bigger story.”

Production on the movies is expected to begin as early as 2019.

“The story of Rick will go on in films,” The Walking Dead chief content officer Scott M. Gimple said in a statement. “Right now, we’re working on three but there’s flexibility in that. … Over the next several years, we’re going to be doing specials, new series are quite a possibility, high-quality digital content and then some content that defies description at the moment. We’re going to dig into the past and see old characters. We’re going to introduce new characters and new situations.”

Andrew Lincoln, Danai Gurira, & 'Walking Dead' Stars Attend Season 9 Screening!

Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira pose together on the red carpet while attending a screening of The Walking Dead‘s season nine premiere on Thursday (September 27) in Los Angeles.

The show’s stars were joined by fellow castmates Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Christian Serratos with partner David Boyd, Alanna Masterson, Seth Gilliam, Josh McDermitt, and Sydney Park.

Some more cast members in attendance included newcomer Dan Fogler along with Callan McAuliffe, Gustavo Gomez, Cooper Andrews, Briana Venskus, Cassady McClincy, Avi Nash, Eleanor Matsuura, Pollyanna McIntosh, and Katelyn Nacon.

Fear The Walking Dead‘s Maggie Grace, Colman Domingo, and Alexa Nisenson also attended the event.

FYI: Danai is wearing an Iris Van Herpen Couture dress. Sydney is wearing a Cavanagh Baker dress. Alexa is wearing a DMN Demain Paris top and pants, Schutz heels, Le Vian rings, and a Prada bag. Maggie is wearing an A.L.C. suit.

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Andrew Lincoln Could Return to 'The Walking Dead,' But Not for a Rick Grimes Cameo!

Andrew Lincoln could be returning to The Walking Dead for the new season, but not as an actor.

The 45-year-old actor, who has portrayed Rick Grimes on the show since season 1, announced he was leaving the show and revealed the reason why over the summer.

Now, Andrew revealed he’s going back to the Georgia-based set to shadow a director with the intention of directing a future episode!

“I’m going back,” he told EW. “I’m going back to shadow a director, and my intention is to direct next year.”

“I can’t be that far away because I can’t bear it,” Andrew joked about returning. “That’s how much I am invested in the show and the continuation of the story.”

The new season will premiere on Sunday (October 7).

Andrew Lincoln Reveals the Reason Why He's Leaving 'The Walking Dead'

Andrew Lincoln has revealed the reason he decided to leave The Walking Dead after the upcoming ninth season.

“I have two young children, and I live in a different country, and they become less portable as they get older,” Andrew told EW. “It was that simple. It was time for me to come home.”

If you don’t know, Andrew is from England and has two kids, Arthur and Matilda, with his wife Gael Anderson. The Walking Dead films in Georgia for extended periods of time.

About filming his final episodes, which have already wrapped, he said, “Completing the show was like releasing air finally. And it was very satisfying the last two episodes in particular. But doing a panel and having to talk to [thousands of] people in Hall H and then have all my friends hug me at the end? The s— got real, is the truth of the matter.”

Austin Nichols Praises Andrew Lincoln in Open Letter: 'My Hero'

Andrew Lincoln is officially leaving The Walking Dead after the upcoming ninth season and his former co-star Austin Nichols is praising his work ethic in an open letter.

Austin played the character Spencer Monroe in seasons five, six, and season of the hit AMC series.

In his open letter, Austin reflected on the leader that Andrew was on set.

“I have been on different TV shows and movies over the years, but I have never seen a leader like Andy. I have seen appalling behavior from actors. Screaming. Mind games. Pulling rank. From Andy, I saw selflessness,” he wrote. “I saw grace. I saw kindness. I saw a man lift his fellow actors up when they were struggling. I saw a man give other actors the spotlight when he could easily have kept it for himself.”

You can read the full letter in the gallery!

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