Andrew Lincoln confirmed at Comic-Con that he is indeed leaving The Walking Dead during the show’s upcoming ninth season, which premieres Oct. 7 on AMC. As distressing as that news may be to fans, it turns out it could have been a lot worse.
There was a time where The Walking Dead really seemed to hone in on a particular character or storyline and do a deep dive for an episode on just that person or place. But season 8 of the zombie drama has been a much different beast — especially the past few weeks.
It’s been a rough go for the citizens of Alexandria. Ever since they came across that lunatic with the barbed wire-covered baseball bat, their idyllic post-apocalyptic community has been ravaged, looted, and now bombed to high hell. The survivors are currently hiding in a sewer as they wait for the latest assault by Negan and the Saviors to cease.
There is a lot going on as The Walking Dead gets ready to return to action with the second half of season 8 premiering Feb. 25 on AMC. Alexandria and the Kingdom have fallen. Ezekiel has been captured. Carl has been bitten by a walker and appears to be in his final hours. So, you know, things have been better.