Walking Dead's Rick Grimes To Get Killed Off? Andrew Lincoln Talks Leaving The Hit Show

Star talks about the end of the show as new series prepares for premiere

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Andrew Lincoln has vowed to continue playing Rick Grimes in AMC's hit show Walking Dead until he gets bitten by a zombie aka 'a walker'.

The 40-year-old British actor has played the now-troubled character of Rick since the first season, and has gone from a reluctant leader to a broken man with a bit of dictatorship in between.

As the fourth season of The Walking Dead prepares for its premiere in the US on Sunday, Andrew has given a cover interview to Rolling Stone for its October issue.

In the interview, he talks about how hard it is with the high death rate on the show as he loses his pals off-screen as well as on-screen.

When asked if he knew that so many characters would be killed off, he said: "No. I didn't read the small print, man.

"I had no clue. I didn't know about the seismic emotional shockwaves that would happen. You don't go into a job that way. It's like life. You never think about your own mortality."

"At least not until your back gives way when you're 40," he also added. "It just wasn't something that you consider until the first death. But that's one of the difficulties – you lose the relationships that your characters have. That dies.

"You lose these incredible friendships. There is nothing like mortal fear to galvanize a friendship."

And while some fans struggle to like his character of Rick Grimes, Andrew loves how his character has evolved and enjoys the emotional rollercoaster that he faces from season to season.

"I love playing Rick because he's changed so much. The world has changed him so much. It is a truly rewarding role and continues to be," he said. "The moment I think we're repeating ourselves, then I'll start thinking about other things."

"But if the writers keep pushing him into different places to play the whole spectrum of the man. Then I'd be more than happy playing it until my time is done. Until they bite me," he added.

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