Actor Lincoln’s committed performances helped The Walking Dead to become cable TV’s highest-rated drama ever. He also earned numerous glowing reviews and awards for his turn as the show’s protagonist. These included Best TV Hero at the 2010 IGN Summer Movie Awards, Favorite TV Anti-Hero at the 2014 People’s Choice Awards and Best Actor on Television at the 2015 Saturn Awards.
Lincoln initially signed up for up to six years of the zombie drama. But following its phenomenal global success he agreed to stay on for a further two seasons in 2016. After eight years, nine seasons and 119 episodes, the star decided to bid farewell to The Walking Dead in late 2018.