Andrew Lincoln is giving up the battle against the zombies and Nagen. The actor who portrays Rick Grimes will only be in about six episodes of the long-running drama that has been a huge hit for AMC. This news comes as a great shock for fans of the show as this is a very far turn from the comics that the show is based on. what the exact fate of Rick Grimes has yet to be disclosed, but this has not stopped a number of the shows fans from thinking what the future for Rick holds. This reaction along with a number of other characters that have been popular with the show meeting fates that have taken them away from the show has made a lot of fans wonder are the days of the Walking Dead numbered.
The show has had a history of getting those passionate about the show to take to social media and show their love or displeasure for what the show’s creator has done over the last several years in regards to wandering away from where the comics have gone. This shows the power that the internet and especially social media can have. When people love what has happened, they take to the internet and talk great about it. When something sours the fans, take to the internet and let their voice be heard as well.
Broadcasters are getting to where they use social media to connect with their fans and have a deeper connection to them. This has also allowed social media to act somewhat like a sounding board for executives associated with a show and help them to judge reaction to either proposed plot ideas or to things that happen within the show. The reaction regardless of negative or positive can really have an impact on a show and either help it become a top-rated show or fall into the abyss and never be seen or heard from again. What will the departure of Andrew Lincoln lead to with the show, that is something that only time will be able to tell and both fans and executives of the show will have to sit back and wait for. One thing is for sure, the show will have a much different look and feel in the middle of season 9.