On Sunday, October 4, in the fifth chapter of the ninth season of ‘The Walking Dead’, it will be the last time we see Andrew Lincoln playing the character of Rick, the person who started the series and one of the protagonists of its nine seasons. Before the final clear that awaits his character in the chapter of next week, the actor himself has written a farewell letter to his fans and colleagues who has published Comicbook.
The complete letter reads as follows:
For coming with us on this journey. For the nine years of fear, heartache, anger and, let’s face it, guts you’ve shown by making it through these 115 episodes and counting. And for services to journalism that go way behind any civilised levels of human endurance.
For understanding that despite the high volume of undead, this is actually an ongoing story about what it is to be alive. A story of hope, family and friendship. People with nothing in common discovering that they have everything in common. United in their search for humanity and a place to call home. A story that has perhaps even more relevance now than it did when we began.
It’s been the most exciting, challenging and satisfying role of my career — and for the best part of a decade, the greatest adventure of my professional life. This season feels like the show I fell in love with all those years ago, and the world we were always heading toward when we wrapped the pilot episode.
By my own rough count, I’ve killed over 400 zombies during the apocalypse. Lost a horse, found a horse. Lost a girl… that didn’t go well. Ate a dog once. Wore a meat poncho twice. Escaped from a bunch of hipster cannibals. Not to mention I’ve been shot twice, baseball batted, stabbed three times, bit a man’s throat out (I’m sorry — that was weird — and tasted like chicken), and had my cowboy boots resoled… 12 times.
We began as an indie movie, and years later became a three-letter acronym (wtf?). And along the way, we’ve had the unique pleasure of meeting zombie enthusiasts all over our beautiful blue planet. From Tokyo to Trinidad, people have been united by their love of this story of survival… and Norman Reedus’ extraordinarily luscious hair.
It’s been a wild ride, shaped by the relationship between the show and the fans of the show, and in no small part you good people of the press.
I look forward to following your coverage of the show and my friends in Atlanta for seasons to come — what they have planned is quite incredible.
So thank you.
For all of it.
For the good, the bad… and of course, we wouldn’t be a free press… without the ugly.
Until our paths cross again.
Keep Calm and Carry a Red Machete…
What comes next
Lincoln’s final chapter will be ‘What Comes After’ and premieres on November 4 at AMC. It will not be special just because of Rick’s farewell, but because it will feature a series of flashbacks in which the recently deceased Scott Wilson will appear for the last time in the series. It is likely that one of these flashbacks will share them with Lincoln himself.
With the departure of Rick, there are only two characters that have survived since the first season: Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Carol (Melissa McBride). Despite this, the chain has no plans to stop the machines of one of its most successful series. ‘The Walking Dead’ is more alive than ever.