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Fans Are Convinced 'The Walking Dead' Won't Survive Without Rick Grimes

By Anna Quintana

It's hard to believe eight years has passed since the premiere of The Walking Dead. Along the way, we have lost some of our favorite characters on the zombie apocalypse series (RIP Glenn), but the news that Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln, would be leaving the AMC show after Season 9 seemed to hit die-hard fans the hardest. 

"There seems to be an elephant in the room and I think many of you want to ask a question whether or not it is my last year. This will be my last season playing the part of Rick Grimes," the 44-year-old told the audience at Comic Con this past summer. "I love this show, it means everything to me. I love the people who make this show. I’m also particularly fond of the people who watch the show. It has been the most extraordinary, beautiful experience of my career, largely because of you guys." 

This announcement also had #TWDFamily worried that the series could not survive without its fearless leader. A recent survey on reddit revealed that a majority of fans believe the show should end after Season 9 — and 44 percent of those polled saying they will stop watching the show once Rick Grimes leaves.