Andrew Lincoln reveals the reason he quit 'The Walking Dead': "It was time for me to come home"
Lincoln admitted that spending half the year filming in Georgia while his family lived in the UK was proving to be more difficult as time passed.
Andrew Lincoln has finally revealed what caused him to quit The Walking Dead, and the reason seems every bit valid enough. The fact that his family lived thousands of miles away, on a different continent, is what spurred the actor to quit his very successful TV series role, so he could spend more tie with his family.
Lincoln played the lead character of Rick Grimes on the show, and despite the widespread acclaim he received for his role, he admits that filming for it in Georgia while his wife and children remained in the UK, was proving to be quite a difficult process for him.
“I have two young children, and I live in a different country and they become less portable as they get older,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “It was that simple. It was time for me to come home.” Which is fair enough, considering he had to spend pretty much half of every year in the US for the series since it first aired back in 2010.
The 44-year-old actor is quite well known in the UK for his role in the BBC drama, 'This Life'; but that wasn't the case when he had first arrived in the US to start his work on 'The Walking Dead', where he played the role of a sheriff trying to protect his family amidst the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse.
But is time on the show has reached an end and just last month he had confirmed that he is all set to quit the show after starring in eight full seasons of it, along with half of the ninth season. He also admitted that he has already wrapped his final scenes on the show.
“Completing the show was like releasing air finally,” Lincoln added. “And it was very satisfying the last two episodes in particular.” But while the manner in which the news of his departure from the show happened wasn't ideal, he does feel ‘a sense of relief’ to have the news finally revealed. “I still regret that the story broke, because I believe in story and I think it would have been… it’s gonna be a great season but it would have been greater if it was not spoiled to a degree,” he said.
Replacing the lead will be Norman Reedus' character Darryl, who will head the show on from its ninth season. The show is set to return sometime this October.