The Walking Dead director addresses Andrew Lincoln’s exit in deleted post

Walking Dead season 8 episode 3While the news of Andrew Lincoln’s exit from The Walking Dead is certainly out there, finding a whole score of people willing to discuss it has been a rather difficult challenge … and for good reason, mind you. AMC has not confirmed anything just yet, but there’s definitely enough smoke around this story to know for sure that it is happening.

Also, to go along with this a frequent episode director has (at least temporarily) acknowledged the departure on social media. In a now-deleted post on Instagram (thanks to ComicBook.com for the transcription), Michael E. Satrazemis had the following to say:

“Many of us have spent the last 8 yrs [sic] of our lives living, working, creating, high fiving, hugging and sometimes even bleeding real blood with Andy [Lincoln]. All to make something special. He is one of the greatest men I’ve ever met. And a friend … The show will miss him as much as you … It will be different but it will still be great. All of us who love making [The Walking Dead] keep creating our a–es off and sometimes even bleed for you.”

Is there a certain degree of of course he would say this with this message? Absolutely and we don’t blame him for it at all. If there are some great ideas that are coming on the show following Lincoln’s exit, we are keen to of course see them. We also do wonder if the final goal here is to make The Walking Dead almost akin to a soap with zombies where the show just continues in perpetuity with new characters joining the mix along the way. We know that there are stories calling for the series to end after season 9, and that’s never been something we’ve been a huge proponent for. Instead, we’ve hoped to get at least two more years out of the franchise. If nothing else, this is a way to build towards an endgame and allow the writers a chance to do something that isn’t rushed. There are clearly enough other challenges in season 9 with both Lincoln and Lauren Cohan departing.

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