Shortly before Lincoln’s remaining two episodes aired, AMC sent press outlets a goodbye kit to commemorate his departure. The package featured a photo of the star accompanied by a letter written by the man himself. And the star’s words soon had fans turning on the waterworks when it was later posted online.
Lincoln began by thanking those who had stuck with the “fear, heartache, anger and, let’s face it, guts” of The Walking Dead for nine seasons. He also offered his gratitude “for understanding that despite the high volume of undead, this is actually an ongoing story about what it is to be alive. A story of hope, family and friendship.”