The Walking Dead‘s Rick Grimes may be leaving, but Andrew Lincoln has plans to return. Entertainment Weekly reports that Lincoln intends to direct an episode of The Walking Dead in season 10. He will be on set in Senoia, Georgia to learn the ropes. “I’m going back, I’m going back to shadow a director, and my intention is to direct next year,” Lincoln confirmed.
Lincoln caused quite a stir among fans when rumors started flying about his possible departure from the show. TWD creator Robert Kirkman confirmed Rick Grimes’ exit a few days before San Diego Comic Con. Lincoln made an official statement at the TWD Comic Con panel. He told EW.com that his children played a big part in that decision. “I have two young children, and I live in a different country, and they become less portable as they get older. It was that simple. It was time for me to come home.” Lincoln’s last appearance will happen in the first half of season nine.
Lincoln will be come the third TWD franchise actor to turn to directing. Colman Domingo, aka Victor Strand on Fear the Walking Dead made his directorial debut a few weeks ago. He directed the episode “Weak.” Michael Cudlitz, you know him better as Abraham Ford directed the seventh episode in the upcoming TWD season. That episode is titled “Stradivarius,” and will air on November 18.
He’s not back in the capacity that we want to see him in. But you had to know Andy Lincoln couldn’t stay away for long. After playing Rick for the past eight years, that set has to feel like home. I’m sure he’ll be around more than we think.
Rick’s final episodes of The Walking Dead starts October 7 on AMC.