After exiting The Walking Dead, Andrew Lincoln plans to return to the series as a director. While his character, Rick Grimes, may be gone after just six episodes in season 9, Andrew Lincoln’s ties to the zombie drama will remain, but in a different way. Shockwaves were sent through the fan community when it was first reported that Lincoln would be departing the series in season 9. Lincoln’s departure will come less than a less full season after the death of Rick’s son, Carl (Chandler Riggs).