The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln says quitting Rick Grimes role was ‘a terrible decision’
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This past weekend, Andrew Lincoln – who’s best known to The Walking Dead fans for playing Rick Grimes – reunited with a number of the AMC show’s cast, past and present, for a one-off fundraising event. In a bid to raise funds in support of the Democratic representatives hoping to take the Georgia Senate, Lincoln joined the likes of Danai Gurira and Jeffrey Dean Morgan for a virtual trivia battle online. However, away from the quiz questions being fired the stars’ ways, Lincoln discussed what life is like post-TWD.
Rick hasn’t been seen in the TWD universe ever since his chaotic and explosive exit midway through season nine.
His whereabouts may currently be unknown to viewers and the rest of The Walking Dead characters but fans do know a return is on the cards thanks to a series of spin-off feature-length movies.
However, fans are still none the wiser as to when exactly they can expect to binge the films and still have two months to wait until the extended 10th season makes its return to AMC.
Discussing his time on the show in the meantime during the virtual trivia battle, Lincoln shed some light on why he left, what life has been like since and how close he holds Atlanta to his heart.
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“I didn’t know what the South [of the USA] was,” Lincoln said during the panel [via Digital Spy]. “I’d never been to the South.
“And then I went to Georgia, and I fell in love with this extraordinary city, Atlanta.
“Living and working in the South was extraordinary. There’s a sort of English attitude about the South – they’re sort of quite patronising at dinner parties.
“I said, ‘This the most advanced, civilised, extraordinarily progressive place I’ve ever been in my life’, and that was 12 years ago.’
Addressing the rest of his co-stars, the TWD star continued: “You guys I love.
“I mean, the connection that we have to the land, to the place, to the people. Arthur – my 10-year-old son – won’t let me take a job unless it’s in Georgia now!”
Lincoln expanded: “He dismisses it. He goes, ‘Take me back there!’
“I came back home for the kids, and now they’re sick of me, and I wish I’d never left. It’s bulls**t! It was a terrible decision! [laughs].”
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Following the reunion with his TWD colleagues, it didn’t take long for Twitter to be sent into meltdown.
And several were quick to pick up on Lincoln’s seeming regret at leaving when he did.
“Andrew Lincoln saying he regrets leaving TWD… Cancel the movies and bring him back to the show,” suggested one fan.
A second added alongside a series of eye emojis: “Andrew Lincoln said during today’s #TWD cast reunion, ‘I wish I never left, it was a terrible decision.’”
“Ok so come back then #TWD,” a third viewer simply put.
While a fourth voiced their anguish: “Wow seeing this kills me. He would have been fantastic in the Whisperers arc.”
And a fifth weighed in with their excitement for the Rick Grimes movies.
“Andrew Lincoln said if all goes well he’ll be on set of TWD movie in the spring,” they shared alongside an excitable gif.
The Walking Dead season 10 resumes on AMC on February 28.
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