Andrew Lincoln leaving "The Walking Dead" will be rough for fans, but Chandler Riggs thinks it will be good for the actor as a husband and father.
TWD Season 9 is now filming, and the news has already spread that Lincoln will be leaving the show as Rick Grimes.
Chandler Riggs played Lincoln's on-screen son, Carl Grimes, for about eight years -- from age 10 to 18. "Andy" became a second father to Chandler. Carl Grimes was written off the show last year, in a surprise move, so Chandler is in a good position to judge this new surprise departure.
Good Day Sacramento was at Fandemic Comic Con and asked Chandler Riggs if he was shocked by the news that Andy Lincoln is leaving "The Walking Dead."
Chandler Riggs: "Of course, yeah. I mean, Andy has been on the show for so long, and he's had to leave his family every single year. So I was surprised. But at the same time, it's gonna be good for him to get back to his family and raise his kids. Yeah. it's gonna be good."
"The Walking Dead" tapes in Georgia, but Andrew Lincoln is British, and he and his wife and two kids balance their two worlds in the U.S. and U.K.
The reporter asked Chandler if he had talked to Lincoln about his upcoming exit.
Chandler: "I haven't actually. I haven't talked to him in months."
That's kind of sad, that they haven't spoken in a while, but Lincoln is currently busy filming his final season, and Chandler is now living in Los Angeles.
Chandler was asked again for his reaction when told Carl Grimes would be killed off last season:
Chandler: "At the time I had just bought a house near where we film. I invested a lot, then I found out. I was really surprised -- I think, with everyone else, it was very surprising. But after a while I was like, 'Well, this is actually not that bad. 'Cause I can move out to Los Angeles and do more acting, and do more of what I love to do. Other roles, do music more.'"
Plus he got to cut his hair, as you can see below. Check out his interview:"The Walking Dead" Season 9 premieres this October on AMC.
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