Norman Reedus admits he “didn’t agree” with longtime co-star and best friend Andrew Lincoln’s decision to leave The Walking Dead, but he “also known” why the actor chose to resign after over eight full seasons as Rick Grimes.
Lincoln and former Walking Dead showrunner Scott Gimple began planning out death for the actor as far back as Season 4, together with Lincoln originally expecting to leave in Season 8, before it was determined Lincoln would stay on to an abbreviated five-episode run.
The send-off beneath showrunner Angela Kang in Season 9 would end with Rick being spun off to the very first Walking Dead feature film trilogy.
“I remember the day he left. I received my dinner, I went back in my trailer, it was so depressing,” Reedus stated on Popcorn with Peter Travers.
“Then the chair that he always sat on, he had left an imprint of his body and blood on it, such as the shroud of Rick Grimes. They came in to clean this up leave it ‘ This was a sad day when he left.”
Reedus, also a father of 2, reluctantly had to bid farewell to Lincoln in Season 9 episode “What Comes Later,” which ended with Reedus’ Daryl, Danai Gurira’s Michonne and other survivors witnessing Rick’s apparent death.
“I knew why he abandoned. He resides in England, he has two little children, he wasn’t seeing his children as much as he’d like,” Reedus said. “It is simple for me, I’m in New York an hour off [from Georgia]. However, for him, it was time”
“I think his wife was like,’You have been there a long moment.’ So I got it,” Reedus added. “I didn’t agree with this, but then again, I also understood it.”
Co-star Melissa McBride and Reedus, who plays Carol, are the longest-running cast members with the show. Both first appeared in the third episode of the first season, “Tell It to the Frogs.”
“I have lost a lot of my friends on that show,” Reedus explained. On no more getting to have fun with Lincoln on the set of The Walking Dead, he said, “That’s sad to me”.
“We began that series together. But I believe [Daryl] chooses the ghosts of all the people that he’s learned from with him,” Reedus, now series lead, said of his bowman who has stepped up as more of a pioneer in Rick’s absence.
“I think you can see a bit of Scott Wilson’s character [Hershel Greene], Andrew Lincoln’s personality, you find just a little bit of those characters in Daryl now.”
Lincoln”would eat lunch at my trailer daily. I mean daily,” Reedus continued. “He would call me about the best way to work, he would talk about what we’re gonna do today, as soon as we would wrap he would call me and talk about what we did now. And then he would eat lunch at my trailer daily and talk about what we’re doing”.
Ahead of Season 9,” Lincoln stated he had”continuity” back home after giving his all to The Walking Dead because of 2010.
“I mean, there’s just so many sports days it’s possible to miss and call yourself a dad, therefore I think it was time for me to get back for some vital days and just be around and have some continuity back home,” Lincoln told accessibility.
After making his exit, Lincoln returned to the Walking Dead place where he shadowed a manager with plans to step behind the camera to the zombie drama. In July, scheduling conflicts compelled Lincoln to pull from directing a Season 10 episode.
Gimple recently addressed the slow progress of the feature movies set for theatrical release, starting in January, “It’s coming together amazingly, but we’re attempting to make this very unique for everybody involved and we’re holding our feet to the flames. It is an incredibly deliberate process right now.”