During the ninth season of the long-running television series, The Walking Dead, Andrew Lincoln, who is best-known for playing Rick Grimes, was given a send-off which would lead into The Walking Dead’s first feature film trilogy.
However, in an interview on Popcorn with Peter Travers, Lincoln’s longtime co-star Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon, has admitted he “didn’t agree” with Lincoln departing the show but “also understood” why the actor wanted to walk after more than eight full seasons.
“I remember the day he left. I got my lunch, I went back in my trailer, it was so depressing,” Reedus said on. “Then the chair that he always sat on, he had left an imprint of his body and blood on it, like the shroud of Rick Grimes. They came in to clean it up, I’m like, ‘Leave it there!’ That was a sad day when he left.”
“I understood why he left. He lives in England, he’s got two little kids, he wasn’t seeing his kids as much as he would like,” Reedus said. “It’s easy for me, I’m in New York an hour away [from Georgia]. But for him, it was time.”
“I think his wife was like, ‘You’ve been there a long time.’ So I got it,” Reedus added. “I didn’t agree with it, but then again, I also understood it.”
Lincoln bid farewell to The Walking Dead during the Season Nine episode “What Comes After,” which ended with Daryl, Danai Gurira’s Michonne, and the other survivors witnessing Rick’s apparent death by leading a horde of walkers onto a bridge that later explodes with him still on it.
The Walking Dead movie trilogy is currently in development at AMC Original Films and will follow the events after Lincoln’s Rick Grimes exit from the television series. There is currently no news on casting details, plot details, or release dates as of yet.