The Walking Dead Cast Say Goodbye To Andrew Lincoln - And Preview The Rest Of The Season | SYFY WIRE

WATCH: The Walking Dead cast and crew on Andrew Lincoln and the Whisperers

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Oct 4, 2018, 4:57 PM EDT (Updated)

As we gear up towards the Season 9 premiere of The Walking Dead, we hit the red carpet premiere to talk to the cast and crew about what to expect from the ninth season... and to say goodbye to Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes.

"Andrew Lincoln really is the patron saint of The Walking Dead," says series creator Robert Kirkman, who has been spoiled by having such a devoted actor be the lead of his first TV show. "He's given everything he has to this show, for so long, that it's really going to suck not having him there every day."

Director and producer Greg Nicotero remembers eating Indian food with Lincoln as they went over scripts. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays Negan, remembers the episode in which he's torturing his co-star in the Winnebago as the point where he "fell in love" with him. Seth Gilliam, who plays Gabriel, is impressed that he leads by example.

Meanwhile, Season 9 will introduce a fan-favorite storyline from the comic books: the Whisperers. Nicotero thinks that the stuff they shot with the Whisperers is "some of the most chilling scenes we have ever shot." Kirkman points out that "'Prisoner Negan' is a very big storyline" this year, and Ross Marquand, who plays Aaron, points out that "We're kind of returning to this idyllic sort of setting, which is a cool way to look at the apocalypse."

For more, watch below. The Walking Dead Season 9 premieres on October 7 on AMC.

Additional reporting by Alyse Wax.