The Walking Dead: Andrew Lincoln Eyes Return as a Director

While Andrew Lincoln's swan song as Rick Grimes on The Walking Dead is imminent, the actor could be back on set… to direct.

It’s been known for some time that The Walking Dead Season 9 will see Andrew Lincoln holster his famous walker-busting Colt Python and ride off into the proverbial sunset by leaving the series. However, it appears that Lincoln is far from being done with the franchise. – Now, before we break out any theories about life-saving dumpsters, the actor has revealed that the nature of his involvement will reside behind the camera!

That’s right. Once Andrew Lincoln completes the arc of Rick Grimes by the midseason point of The Walking Dead Season 9, he wants to return to the series for Season 10… as a director. In an interview with EW, Lincoln dishes this most intriguing of job swaps, revealing his intention to hang around the set as Season 9 continues to shoot, taking on a sort of apprenticeship, learning the directorial trade – in the same way as most actors who transition to behind the camera – via osmosis. As the actor states:

“I’m going back. I’m going back to shadow a director, and my intention is to direct next year.”

While Lincoln, after the initial July announcement of his exit, cited the reason of being away too long from his two young children in England as the primary reason, a return as director should satiate the clear passion he has for the series in a less time-consuming manner, allowing him to have his Walking Dead cake and eat it. Indeed, as he continues:

“I can’t be that far away because I can’t bear it. That’s how much I am invested in the show and the continuation of the story.”

Interestingly, the duties as director won’t be a completely new experience for the exiting star. Lincoln does have a few directorial credits banked from 2003 in a duo of episodes for an hour-long 2001-2004 British dramedy series, called Teachers, on which he co-starred for three seasons. While his brief tenure behind the camera for that show was 15 years ago, he’s spent most of the last decade playing Rick Grimes and knows The Walking Dead universe intimately; something that should make for a smooth transition.

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Regardless, Andrew Lincoln, the soon-to-exit face of The Walking Dead television franchise, will join a growing list of cast members who are spending time in the director’s chair. Colman Domingo, who plays Victor Strand on Fear the Walking Dead, directed the recently-aired episode, “Weak.” Plus, Michael Cudlitz, who played the long-gone-but-still-missed Abraham on the main series, has directed Episode 7 of the upcoming Season 9, titled “Stradivarius.”

The Walking Dead Season 9 will premiere on Sunday, October 7 at 9 p.m. on AMC.

Joseph Baxter is a contributor for Den of Geek and Syfy Wire. You can find his work here. Follow him on Twitter @josbaxter.