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"The Walking Dead" Cast And Fans Bid A Bittersweet Farewell To Andrew Lincoln At New York Comic Con

Rick Grimes is ready to say goodbye!

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After nine seasons as Rick Grimes, Andrew Lincoln has officially hung up his sheriff hat and said goodbye to the world of The Walking Dead.

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So, when the cast and producers took the stage at New York Comic Con 2018 yesterday, it was a bittersweet moment for everyone.

The cast of @WalkingDead_AMC are all wearing sheriff hats in honor of Andrew Lincoln’s final season 😭 #NYCC #TWD

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The creator of The Walking Dead comic books, Robert Kirkman, spoke about the moment he knew Andy was the perfect person to bring Rick to life.

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While holding back tears, he said, "There was a moment where I saw Andrew Lincoln talking to Steven Yeun for the first time. Seeing two characters that I had spent so much time with, speaking in real life...It was moving."

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Andrew Lincoln talked about how special this experience has been for him overall.

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Andrew said that he knew The Walking Dead was going to be something special when he attended his first Comic Con.

He said, "I remember being on the other side of the walls and hearing the noise. And I knew, we were getting it right."
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He said, "I remember being on the other side of the walls and hearing the noise. And I knew, we were getting it right."

Danai Gurira spoke about building the Rick-and-Michonne relationship with Andy all these years.

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She said, "The minute I first stepped on set it was clear that Andy was the heart of the show."

The bromance between Norman Reedus and Andrew Lincoln has been one of the best parts of The Walking Dead and Norman couldn't help but get emotional.

Norman said, "We used to joke that we would leave the show together."
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Norman said, "We used to joke that we would leave the show together."

Norman talked about how the set is very different now that Andy has finished filming.

"Andy used to come to my trailer and eat lunch every day. The day after he left, I went back to my trailer to eat lunch and just sat there."
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"Andy used to come to my trailer and eat lunch every day. The day after he left, I went back to my trailer to eat lunch and just sat there."

Jeffery Dean Morgan chimed in saying how the show is like a family and Andy has become a dear friend.

"Working with Andrew Lincoln is gonna go down as one of the greatest pleasures of my life."
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"Working with Andrew Lincoln is gonna go down as one of the greatest pleasures of my life."

To close his final The Walking Dead panel, Andrew Lincoln left fans with this: "I love everyone on this stage, and I love all of you. It's missing these interactions that will hurt the most."

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We love you Andy and we'll miss you!

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