The Walking Dead actor Andrew Lincoln is leaving the show in the upcoming ninth season, according to Collider.
Lincoln will reportedly appear in just six episodes of The Walking Dead season 9, with Collider also reporting that producers will elevate Norman Reedus' fan-favorite character Daryl Dixon to the show's lead role. The nature of Lincoln's exit was not reported.
Lincoln has played Rick Grimes, The Walking Dead's lead character, since its first season. Season 9 will premiere on AMC this fall.