Earlier this summer it was announced that Andrew Lincoln is walking away from his character Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead halfway through season nine, which surprised many of the show’s fans. But it seems like Lincoln has intentions to return to the show in another role. He wants to become a director for AMC’s hit zombie drama in season 10.
The 45-year-old actor revealed to Entertainment Weekly that he is going back to the set of The Walking Dead, where the rest of the season nine is currently being filmed, to shadow a director and then wants to direct himself next year.
“I’m going back,” Lincoln told EW. “I’m going back to shadow a director, and my intention is to direct next year.”
It might be strange for an actor to return so quickly to the show he just left, but Andrew Lincoln has his reasons.
“I can’t be that far away because I can’t bear it.” he shared. “That’s how much I am invested in the show and the continuation of the story.”
Lincoln won’t be the only actor from The Walking Dead franchise to get a taste of directing as well. Colman Domingo and Michael Cudlitz, two actors featured on The Walking Dead spinoff Fear the Walking Dead, also got to shadow a director and direct episodes of their show.