‘The Walking Dead’ Star Norman Reedus Says He’s ‘Bummed’ About ‘BFF’ Andrew Lincoln’s Exit (Exclusive)

The Walking Dead features a plan for Andrew Lincoln’s upcoming departure. We just don’t know what This specific will be yet. 

ET’s Leanne Aguilera sat down with Lincoln’s TWD co-stars, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira along with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. The cast opened up about how the show plans to move forward without its star — along with Reedus isn’t exactly thrilled about This specific. 

“I mean, he’s my BFF forever. I’m bummed,” he confessed, as Morgan jokingly let out a little jealousy. 

“I’m sitting right here, bro!” he said. 

In all seriousness, Reedus, who had been starring alongside Lincoln since 2010 — along with will be rumored to be taking over as the show’s lead — said his buddy will be irreplaceable. “He’s been the leader of This specific show, along with he’s definitely the quarterback of This specific team, always will be,” Reedus shared. “His shoes cannot be replaced, along with they never will be.” 

The cast remained tight-lipped about what a Lincoln-less Walking Dead looks like, although according to Gurira, fans will see the aftermath of Negan (Morgan) along with the Saviors’ defeat in season nine. 

“[This specific’s] the idea of trying to evolve past the eye for an eye type of thing. [Rick] was trying to honor his son [Carl, by saving Negan],” she said. “How do we move forward? of which will be the question.”

“I can tell you we’re going to see the baby. This specific 14-year pregnancy has come to an end, people,” Cohan — who didn’t address rumors of her own exit — hilariously added of Maggie along with Glenn’s (RIP) baby. “along with he’s the sweetest.” 

Watch the season nine trailer below: 

Lincoln confirmed at the Walking Dead Comic-Con panel on Friday of which he’ll be leaving the zombie drama. He said he wanted to address the “elephant inside room” months after rumors first swirled of which he along with Cohan could be exiting the show after the upcoming ninth season. 

“This specific will be my last season playing the part of Rick Grimes,” Lincoln emotionally revealed, nearly bursting into tears. “right now hear me out, please. I love This specific show. This specific means everything to me. I love the people of which make This specific show. I promise not to cry. I’ve done enough crying onscreen.”

“My relationship with Rick Grimes will be far through over. along which has a sort of large part of me will always be a machete-wielding, stetson-wearing, zombie-slaying sheriff deputy through London, England,” he joked, not wanting to turn his statement into an “Oscar acceptance speech or an obituary.” “This specific has always been an ensemble along with This specific will continue to be an ensemble. No one will be bigger than the story, along with the story This specific year will be unbelievable.”

Cohan, meanwhile, addressed her future on the show while chatting with ET in May. Watch below. 

The Walking Dead returns Sunday, Oct. 7 on AMC.

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