The Walking Dead has been quietly renewed for Season 9, but how much longer will the AMC series, and Andrew Lincoln‘s Rick Grimes, survive?
With his contract up at the end of Season 8, Lincoln admits the end is in sight for his character, per THR:
Yeah, I think so. I’ve said to you before and I really feel that the fans — and also for my own satisfaction — that there deserves to be an end point. There needs to be an end game and that is something that is definitely being talked about. (Laughs.) I can’t get into all of that. But all of that will be answered. As I’ve said to you before — and I will continue to say — my relationship with Rick Grimes is far from over.
However, Lincoln does expect to return for Season 9:
I hope so! We’ll see how this back eight plays out. The Walking Dead has been an extraordinary journey that isn’t finished yet. I’ve always wanted to work in America because the language of American film is what I grew up watching and aspired toward. This job, I always wanted to raise my profile in America and this is beyond my wildest dreams. America is my second home now. I believe in America and in making stories in America. It’s to be continued, is what I’d say in all areas. This one certainly feels like — when Glenn was killed, it felt like buttons had been pressed — and I certainly feel like this is the second button that has been pressed.
Following the second half of the 8th season, The Walking Dead Season 9 premieres late 2018.
Despite dropping ratings, The Walking Dead is expected to breach double digit seasons.
What are your hopes for The Walking Dead? Does it need more than nine seasons? How long should it — and Rick — survive?
Stay tuned as we continue to monitor the renew/cancel status of
The Walking Dead Season 10…