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The Walking Dead season nine will feature one of the biggest moments in TV history: Rick Grimes’ (played by Andrew Lincoln) exit.

It promises to be both a memorable and heartbreaking moment since Rick has been an integral part of the show since the very beginning.

But who’s going to replace Rick as the new leader of the survivors?

Some fans have suggested characters like Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), Maggie Rhee (Lauren Cohan) and even Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).

Yet, could there be a new name in the ring?

Khary Payton, who plays King Ezekiel on the show, recently spoke exclusively to and he teased that his character could be displaying his old leadership qualities, which suggests that he might end up taking over from Rick.

“As far as leadership is concerned, for a guy who lost pretty much most of his followers, I’d say he bounced back relatively quickly,” he told

“He was wallowing in self-pity for a while but then he ran over someone with a school bus.

“When someone tries to expose your community it lights a fire under you and then he decided to light a fire under them.

“I feel like he snapped back pretty well,” he added.

“I feel like he snapped back pretty well,” he added.

Ezekiel went through a very low moment after his pet tiger, Shiva, was brutally murdered in the previous season.

The leader of the Kingdom took some time to get over such a loss, and he probably never will do.

However, there were echoes of the Ezekiel viewers knew before the horrific event near the end of the last season.

Khary also dropped a pretty big clue regarding how Rick Grimes’ exit will happen and also discussed Andrew Lincoln’s “surreal” final day of shooting.

“I’m sitting here thinking about it and I just and I smile on my face because he’s just such an incredible guy,” recollected Khary.

“He’s such an incredible guy, and such a wonderful leader. Such an incredible actor.”

The actor then went into a little more detail about how the last day of shooting with Andrew went.

“It was an amazing and surreal moment to be there and to be a part of seeing not just Rick kind of walk away - I’m not sure how you want to say that he leaves the show - but the way Andy left as well,” he revealed.

The Walking Dead: The Complete Eighth Season is available on Blu-ray™ and DVD from 24th September 2018, courtesy of Entertainment One. The Walking Dead will return to AMC and FOX UK later year.

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