Andrew Lincoln (‘The Walking Dead’) enters guest category at 2019 Emmys: Will AMC’s strategy pay off?

Andrew Lincoln may have left “The Walking Dead” midway through its ninth season, but he still has a shot at Emmy attention for playing zombie apocalypse leader Rick Grimes. Per Emmy rules, an actor may enter the guest categories if they appear in less than 50% of the eligible episodes, and since Lincoln only appeared in five of 18 episodes, AMC has opted to submit him in Best Drama Guest Actor at the 2019 Emmys. Will the awards strategy pay off?

Previously Lincoln was submitted in Best Drama Actor at the Emmys, where he was overlooked year after year. The English actor did, however, receive nominations at the 2012 Gold Derby TV Awards and the 2013 Critics’ Choice Awards. In total “The Walking Dead” has won two Emmy Awards throughout its decade on the air: Best Prosthetic Makeup in 2011 and 2012. None of the show’s cast members have ever been recognized by the TV academy.

Even though Lincoln has left the mothership series, he is still set to reprise his role of Sheriff Grimes in “The Walking Dead’s” upcoming film series. “It’s not the beginning of the end, it’s the end of the beginning,” Lincoln said following his character’s exit in the November 4 episode (read our recap). “I like the idea that we get to tell a bigger story, maybe with a sort of wider vista. And I’ve always been interested in what’s going on out there, you know, whether or not there is contact with the wider world. Maybe it’s the start of a bigger story.”

Just like Lincoln, former regular cast member Lauren Cohan is also dropping down to the guest category since she appeared in five of 18 episodes throughout this ninth season. Her character Maggie Greene-Rhee was written off the show to allow Cohan to star in ABC’s new drama series “Whiskey Cavalier.”

Below, see the list of “The Walking Dead” acting submissions. More names might be added by the networks on the final Emmy ballot. Also note that performers not included on this list may well be submitted by their personal reps.

Drama Supporting Actress – Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Samantha Morton
Drama Supporting Actor – Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Norman Reedus
Drama Guest Actress – Lauren Cohan
Drama Guest Actor – Andrew Lincoln

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