Andrew Lincoln, the lead of the series, will appear in only 6 episodes next season and then will leave the series. Devastating news. The show cannot (or will have a VERY hard time) do it without him. I always said, I will not accept a Walking Dead without Rick, Daryl, Carol, and Michonne all being on. I was going to stick with the show, but I think this does it. They should end it with Season 9, but it seems like they'll be going on.