The Walking Dead star Andrew Lincoln has joked that it was a “terrible decision” to leave the zombie drama back in 2018.

Having featured as the main character Rick Grimes for a total of nine seasons, the London-born actor decided to pack his bags and leave the AMC production, which bases itself in Georgia.

During the cast’s virtual reunion fundraiser yesterday (December 20), Lincoln reflected on his choice to leave it all behind.

“I didn’t know what the South was,” he began. “I’d never been to the South. And then I went to Georgia, and I fell in love with this extraordinary city, Atlanta. Living and working in the South was extraordinary.

“There’s a sort of English attitude about the South – they’re sort of quite patronising at dinner parties. I said, ‘This the most advanced, civilised, extraordinarily progressive place I’ve ever been in my life’, and that was 12 years ago.”

Joined by the likes of Negan star Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Daryl’s Norman Reedus, Michonne actress Danai Gurira and Morgan’s Lennie James, Lincoln went on to reference their shared “connection” to that part of the world.

“You guys I love. I mean, the connection that we have to the land, to the place, to the people…” he noted.

“Arthur – my 10-year-old son – won’t let me take a job unless it’s in Georgia now! He dismisses it. He goes, ‘Take me back there!’

“I came back home for the kids, and now they’re sick of me, and I wish I’d never left. It’s bullshit! It was a terrible decision! [laughs]”

It’s not all doom and gloom though, because he’ll be back as Rick in a movie trilogy soon.