THE Walking Dead show boss has admitted she’d love to welcome Andrew Lincoln back in season 11 as a director.
The 46-year-old actor played lead character Rick Grimes in the AMC post-apocalyptic horror series until the season nine finale.
Andrew decided to take a step back from the series to spend more time with his family in England after years of being in America for long periods of time thanks to the show’s punishing filming schedule.
While he previously revealed his hopes to return to The Walking Dead as a director, his busy workload made it impossible for him to do so during the upcoming 10th season.
However the show’s executive producer Denise Huth has insisted the door is still open for Andrew to return at some point in the future.
She told RadioTimes.com: “I would love for Andy to come back and direct.
“He’s so tight with this crew, he understands the show so well…It is a beast, and I think it’s tough for people to come in and have this be the first thing that they really direct, but obviously he brings to the table an understanding that other first time directors would not have.”
Andrew previously told Entertainment Weekly: “I’m going back to shadow a director, and my intention is to direct next year.
“That’s how much I am invested in the show and the continuation of the story.”
While his directing plans didn’t pan out as planned, Andrew will be reprising his role as Rick in three Walking Dead spin-off movies, with the first rumoured to be released next year.
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Andrew wouldn’t be the first actor to return to the show to direct, as Michael Cudlitz – who played Abraham – has helmed a number of episodes.
Denise said: “We had Michael Cudlitz direct his first episode last year, he ended up doing two this year and has done an amazing job.
“I’ve absolutely loved the times that Michael has been here directing and it would be so fun for Andy to come back [too], so I hope it works out.”
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