Ahead of his exit from The Walking Dead this Sunday Andrew Lincoln sent a signed script of Episode 905 as well as a letter to various media outlets thanking them for covering the show over the years. “It’s been the most exciting, challenging and satisfying role of my career,” Lincoln says, before thanking the press for joining him on his journey (which includes Norman Reedus’ “luscious hair”). We included examples of the media package (sent to INSIDER’s Kirsten Acuna, Comicbook.com’s Brandon Davis, and Entertainment Weekly’s Dalton Ross) along with the full letter below – check it out.
This is humbling and a validation for many late nights. Thanks for the #stuffandthangs AMC. Only feels right to share this letter from Andrew Lincoln on his departure with you all #TWDFamily ❤️ #EndofanEra pic.twitter.com/NBY0Lraisw
— Kirsten (@KirstenAcuna) October 25, 2018
— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) October 25, 2018
— Dalton Ross (@DaltonRoss) October 29, 2018
For coming with us on this journey.
For the nine years of fear, heartache, anger and, let’s face it, guys you’ve shown by making it through these 115 episodes and counting. And for services to journalism that go way beyond any civilized 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 all 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 also 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 the 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…
The Walking Dead airs on AMC Sundays at 9PM and Mondays internationally. Andrew Lincoln’s final episode will come this week, followed by an unforgettable season that gives the show renewed life.