'The Walking Dead:' Norman Reedus $20 Million Deal Not Done Yet

Tonya Becker
May 31, 2018

The Walking Dead - I love every actor and actress on this show but no one can take over The Walking Dead like Rick Grimes.

The Walking Dead Season 9 is expected to premiere this fall.

Fresh off the surprise news of Andrew Lincoln's upcoming departure from AMC's The Walking Dead, comes the news that Norman Reedus's new deal to take over the shows lead actor position has yet to be finalized. The Walking Dead was created to be a zombie apocalypse story that ran without definitive end, and while TV operates by a vastly different set of rules, it's in Walking Dead's DNA to a story that's bigger than just one man.

An insider told Us Weekly: "Andrew is leaving because he's had enough of it and wants to focus his energy on movies". In addition, it seems that The Walking Dead will go on with Norman Reedus' character, Daryl Dixon, in the driver's seat. According to Deadline, the actor has signed a new $20 million contract for his role.

The battle between Rick's survivors and the Saviors, led by Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), has been the major story of the two most recent seasons, but it was resolved in April's Season 8 finale.

But still the news that Andrew Lincoln is leaving The Walking Dead brought a lot of mixed reactions from fans. In addition, fans were completely stunned when the series chose to kill off the beloved character of Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs), as it was always the thought that Carl would be endgame when and if Rick was ever killed off the show. However, the show has completely gone off the rails as far as the comic book is concerned, and many viewers have spoken out about all the risks the series has been taking, that may not be panning out.

Lincoln is a standout because he's sort of the last remaining artifact of the first season of the series, with his character's son Carl Grimes getting killed off earlier this year. Lincoln's departure has not been officially confirmed by AMC as of yet, but the claim has been confirmed by multiple independent sources, and will apparently be confirmed by AMC just prior to his final episodes with the show.

Given that The Walking Dead is now one of the highest rated shows in its 18-49 demographic, we're sure AMC will be able to foot the bill.

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