https://www.usmagazine.com/entertai...coln-leaving-the-walking-dead-after-season-9/Andrew Lincoln Leaving ‘The Walking Dead’ After Season 9, Norman Reedus Negotiated $20 Million to Stay
By Emily Longeretta
May 29, 2018
Goodbye, Rick Grimes. Following season 9, Andrew Lincoln will leave The Walking Dead, multiple sources confirm to Us Weekly. The actor, 44, is only set to appear in six episodes of the ninth season.“Andrew is leaving because he’s had enough of it and wants to focus his energy on movies,” an insider close to Lincoln tells Us. Additionally, a source tells Us exclusively that Lincoln’s costar, Norman Reedus, negotiated a $20 million paycheck to stay on.
The Walking Dead star Lauren Cohan looks set to leave the show for good in season 9
BY BEN LEE
4 JUNE 2018
With news that Andrew Lincoln is leaving The Walking Dead in season 9, it's easy to forget that just a few weeks earlier there was huge speculation over Lauren Cohan's future on the show.
To very quickly recap, Cohan (who plays Maggie) and AMC struggled to agree on a new contract, leading to the actress to sign up for new ABC series Whiskey Cavalier. However, it later emerged that she would appear in six of the first eight episodes of season 9.
Although fans have been hopeful that Cohan could juggle her time between the two shows, it seems certain that she will be leaving after her six episodes are done (which, coincidentally or not, is the same number as Lincoln is due to appear in before his own departure).
And not to be outdone, Fear the Walking Dead just killed off its lead actress.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/insert...le-death-is-totally-inexcusable/#47b5ab622c7bFear the Walking Dead's Massive Midseason Finale Death Is Totally Inexcusable
Paul Tassi Contributor
This entire situation is maddening for fans who are desperate for these shows to stop disintegrating their casts. What is the point of getting invested in any of these characters when there’s an 80% chance they’re going to be killed off, even if they’re leading the show? The only forgivable death this season might be Nick, given that it was the actor requesting to be let go, but his death is still a blow and makes Madison’s even worse, given that now there’s literally one Clark left. And before you ask, it's been confirmed by Kim Dickens herself that she did not ask to leave, and this was a showrunner-led decision to kill her off before season 4 even started filming (different showrunners from season 3, I might remind you, and now with Scott Gimple overseeing all of this in his new role as TWD overlord).