During an interview with Digital Spy, The Walking Dead star Tom Payne commented on how Andrew Lincoln’s departure could help extend the life of the ACM series.
The ninth season of The Walking Dead will mark Andrew Lincoln’s final year on the series after having portrayed Rick Grimes since the pilot. While fans are curious to see how the series will move forward without the main protagonist of the series, actor Tom Payne discussed how the storyline will have to explore new directions with the exit of Lincoln:
“I think the show will carry on as long as people want to watch it. I think it’s still coming up with great storylines, and this season moves the story into a different direction. Because it used to be like: Rick’s the great hero, and then bad stuff happens, and then they leave and go here, and bad stuff happens. Now it’s like: everyone is settled in their communities, so now they have something to protect in a different way, and they’re really trying to build a society.”
Payne elaborated on how Andrew Lincoln’s departure will impact the series and stated that he believes the show will continue as long there is an audience:
“With Rick leaving, how does that mess with the power structure? I think there’s always stories to tell, and I think, you know, there are soap operas that have been on television for 30 years – not that we’re going to be Coronation Street. But I think it will carry on for as long as people will keep tuning in.”
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The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Lauren Cohan as Maggie Rhee, Danai Gurira as Michonne, Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier, Alanna Masterson as Tara Chambler, Josh McDermitt as Eugene Porter, Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa, Seth Gilliam as Gabriel Stokes, Ross Marquand as Aaron, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan Austin Amelio as Dwight, Tom Payne as Paul “Jesus” Rovia, Xander Berkeley as Gregory, Khary Payton as Ezekiel, Katelyn Nacon as Enid, Pollyanna McIntosh as Jadis / Anne, Callan McAuliffe as Alden, Avi Nash as Siddiq and Samantha Morton as Alpha.
The Walking Dead season 9 premieres on October 7, 2018, on AMC.
Source: Digital Spy