The Walking Dead did not disappoint with its season five premiere, prompting many to compare it to an action movie and the second episode followed suit with poor Bob becoming a victim of the Terminus cannibals, but just when you question how it could possibly get anymore shocking, lead star Andrew Lincoln says he is “really worried” the upcoming episode three could have pushed the boundaries.
Viewers are anxiously awaiting to see the aftermath of episode two’s climactic ending, with Bob getting his leg sawed off and eating by the cannibals speared on by leader Gareth, and with Daryl and Carol heading off into the night to track down Beth, expectations are high that it’ll all hit the fan when the rest of the group find out three of their members are missing in the latest episode. Andrew, who plays group honcho Rick, says viewers will need to brace themselves for Four Walls and a Roof, which airs next week.
In a lengthy and very teasing interview with Details, Andrew says of the fast-paced style of the new season: “It’s an Indiana Jones thing. I love that we go that way—that we go fearlessly into moments where you just think, Really? But you know, they’re big popcorn moments! The balance between playing the brutal leader and the charismatic leader and the righteous leader. It’s a plate-spinning act. Be advised: Episode 3 is very, very . . . well, we’re going into uncharted waters with this episode, and I’d be very intrigued to know what you make of it. I wish we were having this conversation next week, because I’d be very intrigued to know what you think.”
He added to the reporter: “Watch it, and then call me up and tell me if you think we’ve overstepped the mark! [Laughs] Because I’m really worried. Honestly, I am, I am very concerned about this one. What did you think about the last episode? Because it had to be softer, you had to see where the characters were. But it still has that incredible thing – Bob’s leg being eaten at the end, you know what I mean?”
At the moment, it feels as though anyone could get bumped off with the season appearing to be the most daring so far, so naturally, tensions must be high between cast members about who will turn into zombie dinner next, but Andrew remains coy about his future on the comic book series despite the fact he is a lead character and is most likely safe. “Well, I hope that is true. You speak to the writers’ room and tell them that. Honestly, though, this is the greatest job I’ve ever been involved in. Just carrying this incredible story. A really fine actress just joined our cast, and she’d never seen the show before, and she texted me and said, “It’s mythological. It’s extraordinary.” She said, “It’s devastating, this story.” Those words really rang true: It’s mythological. And you’ll see with my beard—it’s biblical, where we’re going,” he explained.
“There’s something very primal about the story we’re telling this year. I said it in jest, but it was a conscious decision, maybe two years ago, to push ourselves and make us look as feral as we can. That’s why we’re gonna need a bigger beard. I’m really thrilled. It’s full of surprises, this season, but it’s full of all the classic ingredients. But this season, more than ever, the scale of it is just mind-blowing,” Andrew added.
Say no more, something tells us episode three could be a game-changer!
This season of “The Walking Dead” is going to be huge, but the biggest part will definitely be star Andrew Lincoln’s beard, as MTV News found out when we visited the Atlanta-based set of the show earlier this year.
“What can I tell you?” Lincoln said when asked about Rick’s progression in season five. “I’ve been growing my beard. I decided this season we’re gonna need a bigger beard. It’s all about the beard this season. I’m just waiting for them to tell me to stop growing it.”
Okay, so not the most spoilery thing an actor has ever said – and believe us, there were plenty of juicy spoilers for the upcoming season on display that we can’t divulge at this time. But the busy actor – Lincoln is in most of the scenes that were being shot while we visited on set – still thinks that this will be the best season so far.
“It’s been incredible,” Lincoln said on filming the newest set of episodes. “I think the returning episode is one of the strongest we’ve ever had. When we all read it, we just thought it had everything.”
Having seen the season premiere, “No Sanctuary,” we agree that the episode has everything you’d want from the show. But beyond the action-filled opener, it seems like things won’t let up from there.
“It’s been brutal, my voice is going – which is a good sign,” Lincoln continued. “It means I’m obviously doing something right. It’s the most ambitious season we’ve ever attempted. If we’d started the show with these two episodes, I don’t think we’d be here today. But we’ve earned those two episodes after the four and a half years of the story we’ve been telling. I’m really, really excited to see how the world reacts to it.”
Lincoln will see how they’ll react on Sunday (October 12). Head back to MTV News over the next few days for plenty more from our exclusive set visit to “The Walking Dead.”
The AMC zombie drama, which returns Sunday at 9 p.m. ET, has become the No. 1 show on television in the adults 18-49 demographic for the last two years, a feat almost unheard of for a cable show.
“We could not be more excited for October 12th as we share new episodes of The Walking Dead with fans around the globe,” said AMC President Charlie Collier in a statement. “In advance of Sunday’s season five premiere, AMC proudly confirms a sixth season order of this extraordinary series. Thank you to Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, the terrific executive producers, and the entire team who brings this compelling world and these rich characters to life. There’s plenty more Dead ahead thanks to their impressive, collective effort.”
Gimple is slated to return as showrunner alongside executive producers Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse. The news comes on the heels that AMC also ordered a pilot for a companion series to The Walking Dead based on a new story.
AMC ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 5 Start Date: Midseason Finale Has Over 800 Walkers, Andrew Lincoln Warns Families
Put the kids to bed early this October because, according to Andrew Lincoln, Season 4 of “The Walking Dead” isn’t for children.
“We’re really earning our rating this season,” Lincoln told Entertainment Weekly for their special four-cover issue. “There are families that watch it together, but just so it’s on the record, guys — it’s a grown-up show this season.”
Some of the gore is likely contributed to by the mass number of walkers that will be seen this season. Season 4 had 9,000, according to Huffington Post.
“I can tell you that in the mid-season finale that we just finished shooting there were upwards of 800 walkers for just that episode,” Greg Nicotero, the show’s executive producer and makeup artist, said. “I haven’t done the tally yet for this season, but being out in the world it’s a little trickier to avoid zombies. When you’re in the prison, you have a safe haven. The zombies aren’t so much of an everyday occurrence, whereas in this season we’re out in the world at some point so they’re there.”
“By minute two or three of our season premiere, I think the vast majority of our questions have been answered, and five or six more have been presented, so you’re very much going to be invested, well-informed, and ready for the ride that we’re going to take you on,” Robert Kirkman, “The Walking Dead” comic book creator and show executive producer and writer, told EW.
Season 5 will also feature a tribute in Episode 1, Nictotero told Huffingotn Post, although’s “little more subtle, and this time it’s not necessarily a zombie.”
“We hit certain milestones from the comic book that are tailored to our show and our characters, and certain storylines that we see in the comic book we will see in various places through Season 5,” he continued.
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Hollywood, CA, United States (4E) – In a recent interview published by Entertainment Weekly, the surviving cast of the hit show share how they envision their characters to meet their end—
Lauren Cohan, sees her character Maggie jumping of a cliff, while holding hands with her on-screen love interest, Glenn.
Chad Coleman, who plays Tyreese, wants to leave the show by doing something brave and heroic.
Michael Cudlitz, says of his character Abraham: “I would hope that his death would be befitting of his life and Abraham did everything hard.”
One half of the post apocalyptic It couple, Glenn, played by Steven Yeun thinks it’s hard to top the way he was offed in the comic. “What a way to take out a character, and a character that’s been there for so long, by just snatching him away from the viewers and the readers.”
One of the toughest characters on the show, Michonne, played by Danai Gurira believes her death should be something that stays true to the way the show built her character on the show.
Melissa McBride, who plays Carol says she’d like to leave the show without any last words, believing her character to have already made clear what she stands for and what she has to say throughout her run.
Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick simply says: “I don’t care how it goes, but maybe a kid should take me out.”
And finally, everyone’s favorite zombie archer, Daryl, played by Norman Reedus says…”You would just see him walk down a road like Mad Max and I’d get smaller and smaller and smaller and smaller, and then a little dog would run on the road with me and just start following me off into the sunset, and you’d never know what happened to him. I would wanna go out like that”
Depsite being deep in the guts of filming on The Walking Dead Season 5, Andrew Lincoln, AKA Rick Grimes, proved why he’s one of the most popular guys in the business.
A young fan approached the superstar but instead of acting aloof and disinterested, Lincoln did something adorable: He swapped hats with the kid and autographed it for him.
How awesome is that! I gotta say it’s refreshing to see these stars take time out of their busy schedule to show their appreciation to the fans and the support they give the show. Many other celebrities probably wouldn’t have paid any attention to the group of gathered Dead-Heads, but then I guess the cast of The Walking Dead aren’t like most celebrities.
The Walking Dead is the highest rating show on cable TV and a lot of this is because we fans feel a connection to the show.
In the end we are more than just fans: We are The Walking Dead.
McFarlane Toys have recently just revealed more details and a preview image for their upcoming Rick Grimes Deluxe figure. He’s the perfect companion piece to the already released Daryl Dixon Deluxe 10-inch figure that came out late last year.
I personally love collecting McFarlane Toys’ The Walking Dead figures, well mostly the TV ones, which have gone from downright terrible in Series 1 to not half bad in the latest, Series 6. I have the 10” Daryl Dixon in my collection and I am really impressed with him, though I have some problems displaying him due to the pose he was given. The pose for Rick Grimes appears to be much better.
The figure will be 3D scanned directly from Andrew Lincoln’s head, and if it’s anything like the Norman Reedus portrait on the Daryl figure, it’s going to be absolutely amazing. Until now, it’s been unclear what season the figure is going to be based on and what accessories he’ll come with.
The figure will be based on the Season 3 key art that is pictured below with the figure. His accessories include his signature Colt Python, sniper rifle and alternate arm to hold the sniper rifle. I’m hoping this figure will have better articulation than the Daryl figure, most notably a ball-jointed head.
This figure will be released in November of this year, exactly 1 year after Daryl was released. He’ll retail for $34.99 and I’m definitely going to pick this up when he hits UK shores. Pre-orders are currently available here.
If you’re setting your TiVo or DVR to record the Season 4 finale of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” be sure to give yourself a several-minute cushion at the end, because you do not want to miss the very last line of the episode.
The Post spoke to Andrew Lincoln, who plays the survivors’ unofficial leader, Rick Grimes, as well as executive producer Greg Nicotero, and learned that the very last line of this game-changing season will change the game yet again, launching the first season-ending cliff-hanger in the show’s history.
“Traditionally, when we [end a season], it has a wrap-up,” says Nicotero. “At the end of Season 2, we saw the prison. At the end of Season 3, we saw them bringing people from Woodbury to the prison. It all had this resolve to it. In this episode, there’s a line that a character says, the last line of the episode, that’s probably the first time we ended [a season] on a ‘what’s gonna happen next?’ moment.”
But based on what Lincoln and Nicotero shared with us, that’s not the biggest shock in store tonight.
According to Lincoln, something happens to Rick that, even accounting for the deaths of his wife and (he believes) his infant daughter, will be the most brutal thing he has endured in the show’s history.
“My car explodes if I say anything [more],” jokes the British actor, before finding a way to open up without revealing more than he should.
“I will say that something happens in the finale that when I read it, I called Scott Gimple, the showrunner, because we’ve always been incredibly responsible with the violence in this show. And I just wanted to ask, ‘Is this a step too far?’”
For some fans of the show, though, the prospect of any action at all will be welcome.
This year, AMC divided Season 4 into eight-episode halves, and each episode featured only a few survivors; ultimately, none of the cast appeared in more than half the episodes.
For Lincoln, this format afforded him time to spend with his family. Once shooting began without him, though, he quickly changed his tune.
“I got incredibly bored and wanted to be back on set, so I don’t think I was much comfort to my family,” says Lincoln, 40, who lives on a farm just outside of London with his wife, Gael Anderson (daughter of Jethro Tull singer Ian Anderson) and their two kids, Matilda, 6, and Arthur, 4. “I missed the shoot. I missed being on set.”
As for the story format itself, while some disagree — New York magazine headlined one of its recent weekly recaps of the show, “Man, The Walking Dead is Boring This Season” — Lincoln believes that the slower pace helped flesh out the show’s characters.
Episode 14, in which Carol (Melissa McBride) was forced to kill a young girl, is a case in point. “You think it’s one thing, then it turns that inside out and rips your heart out. It’s astonishingly bold,” says Lincoln.
“There is a necessity to make this an action-packed thrill ride, but you need to do the footwork in character development and story to earn those rewards. There has to be light and shade, otherwise it would be the other way around — is it too bloodthirsty, is it too gory, is it too action-packed? Where’s the character development?”
While Lincoln has enjoyed reading the scripts to see where the show was headed, he let The Post in on a surprising fact about him and “The Walking Dead.” Despite being its star, Lincoln has never seen even one episode of the show that has made him a very recognizable man.
“I hear it’s very good,” jokes Lincoln, who prefers not to watch himself act, and therefore hasn’t in 15 years.
“It’s not an enjoyable experience for me,” he says. “After working for about eight years, I realized that watching myself made me self-conscious. So I stopped.”
(Lincoln has been asked to provide DVD commentary for Episode 14, so he will soon watch his show for the first time. Of the other pop culture touchstone Lincoln was in — the polarizing 2003 Christmas film, “Love Actually,” in which he played a man in love with his best friend’s wife — Lincoln attended the premiere, but says he “watched the other stories but kept my head down during mine, like a weirdo.”)
But while Lincoln may have a short embarrassment fuse, he’s not above toying with others — namely, his castmate Norman Reedus, who plays the show’s hardened country boy, Daryl Dixon.
When Lincoln and Reedus recently flew to Tokyo for show promotion, Lincoln engineered a prank where a fan with one arm and no legs — Nick Santonastasso, 17, a Vine star thanks to pranks where he scares people while made up like a zombie — hid in a room-service cart in full zombie makeup, then jumped out to scare Reedus.
“My big concern is that I’ve started a war. It’s on,” says Lincoln. “I’m living in fear — not that I’m gonna get killed [on the show], but I fear Norman’s wrath more than anything else. Every moment that is not a prank, he’s planning one.”
As Lincoln keeps looking over his shoulder, though, Rick’s harsher realities illustrate why Lincoln loves this show overall and tonight’s finale in particular, in their demonstrations of how resilient people can be in even the toughest of circumstances.
“The extraordinary thing about human beings is their capacity to heal in real life, and that’s the greatest story we’re telling,” Lincoln says.
“The thing that happens [tonight addresses] that question of, can we ever come back, and can we ever be the same people we once were. Certainly, [the question of] how Rick lives from this point onwards is resolved.”
Who lives? Who dies? Who makes it to Terminus? And what is this shocking Rick Grimes storyline we’re hearing so much about? “The Walking Dead” Season 4 finale is just a couple of days away, and Yahoo TV talked to series star Andrew Lincoln, Rick Grimes himself, to get the scoop on just how frightened we should be for Rick and our favorite zombie apocalypse survivors (hint: very).
We talked to Greg Nicotero earlier this week, and we’re worried about Rick in this Season 4 finale.
[Laughing] Yes, and you should be, be afraid. I’ve just spoken to someone who’s seen it… they were freaking out a bit.
We know the Claimers — Joe and his friends, who are travelling with Daryl — are on Rick’s trail, and it seems pretty likely they’ll meet up in the finale. What can you say about that?
Just wait, just wait. We haven’t got long to go [laughing]. They meet, yeah… they would be pretty bad trackers if they didn’t meet, is all I’m saying. But you never know. I’ve got a feeling that… well, something’s going to go down, definitely. I’ll say that.
This is what Robert Kirkman said about the finale: “This is Rick Grimes being pushed to his absolute limit. And if you think you’ve seen that before, you haven’t. And the Rick Grimes that comes out of this is really going to shock people.”
Yeah, that’s very good. I think the story this season begins with a man suppressing his brutality for the sake of his son. I don’t want to give too much away, but basically, you will see a side of Rick that you haven’t seen before or in a place that he goes to that he’s never been before. Like most things he’s driven by, it’s for the sake of his son.
All I will say is that when I read [the script], I called up Scott Gimple, and I said, “Scott, we’ve always been incredibly responsible with where we go and the darkness and the brutality of the world that we inhabit. Do you think we may be going a little bit far on this?” He said, “No, no, not at all,” and when I did it, when I did the scene, like most things Scott Gimple says, he was right, and it made complete sense. It is a definite evolution.
What was your favorite Rick moment in the second half of the season?
I loved ["After"]. I just thought it was very well drawn… and obviously for the fact that I got to lie in a bed unconscious for quite a lot of the scenes [laughing]. But I would say that I think my favorite episode, just for what happens, is the one that you haven’t seen yet. Just because, it’s always really exciting to play… it’s such a privilege to play this character, and certainly to play it for so long. You get to explore and then live with him in so many different ways. And when something happens that changes him irrevocably, it’s an exciting moment. You start going, “Oh, I’m no longer this guy anymore, I’m this guy.” That’s what happens this Sunday.
Are you excited for fans to see it, and then to start filming Season 5 in a few weeks?
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that are still alive are texting each other [laughing]. It’s an amazing time. Just because it so beautifully synchronizes… the finale and then suddenly the emails start coming in and everybody starts getting ready [for Season 5]. It’s particularly exciting to start up Season 5, because of where we leave Season 4. It’s a really thrilling place.
Did you feel Season 4 was a different show? And in a good way if so?
Oh, hugely. And I think it was good. I think different is always good. No, that’s not true… that’s a flat out lie. You can have different bad. But I think that changing the show up is essential. Just because we want to keep ahead of the audience, and we want to keep people on the balls of their feet and not know where we’re going to go.
For that reason alone, I think the writers did a magnificent job this season. I loved the storytelling. I thought it was slow in parts, but for a reason. I think it was different and needed to be different. Maybe that’s the ace we’ve got up our sleeve, the fact that we can just smash it all up and start it all over again.
Were you excited to learn some of the character backstories?
It’s so good. It’s so exciting to go, “Oh my God, the Michonne story.” All the little things that they’ve added in, that you are being drip fed about pasts and relationships and who these people are and their secrets. There’s nothing more satisfying as an actor, I think, than playing a secret, holding onto a secret for so long.
You mentioned Michonne… she, Rick, and Carl have formed a family unit, and not just because they’re together in the second half of the season. They’ve been building to that. Is Michonne the person that Rick most trusts with Carl? And not just because she’s the only other person with them right now, but in general?
The funny thing is that I think he sees a relationship that Carl doesn’t have with anybody else. Carl is a teenager now. There are certain things that a boy can’t say to his father… there’s a lightness that [Carl and Michonne] bring out in each other that is so of the old world, that is so important to life. Otherwise, what’s the point? I think that Rick identifies that as a hugely important part of their relationship. But also, she signifies a maternal presence, maybe a sisterly presence. She’s a sort of go between. Also, you’re right. She’s great insurance. If I die, I trust that she’s a warrior. She’s a survivor. It is a kind of insurance policy, as well.
One of the best moments of the entire series so far was the end of “After,” when Michonne finds Rick and Carl in the house, and Rick sees her at the door and tells Carl, “It’s for you.”
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“The Walking Dead” Season 4 finale airs Sunday, March 30 at 9 p.m. on AMC.
Andrew Lincoln – Rick Grimes from The Walking Dead – phoned in to On Air with Ryan Seacrest to talk about the upcoming finale of the hit AMC show and the British actor revealed how he conquered that Southern accent.
As for the notion that someone is going to die during the finale, Andrew confirms with a laugh, “Yeah, it’s a pretty safe bet” … although he wouldn’t say exactly what does go down in the episode.
But he was game to give us the scoop on how he perfected Rick Grimes’ Southern drawl.
“I’m a bit of a weirdo … I headed out three weeks before we started the first-ever episode and I went out and sort of went under cover and tried to orders coffees … in a dialect and then it became about fried chicken … and got more confident and after about two-and-a-half weeks, I had a passable accent and it’s kind of stuck really,” he shares.
Andrew goes on to say he also has a dialect coach who helps spell out the words, which he’s turned into a game.
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Catch The Walking Dead Season 4 finale on AMC on Sunday, March 30, at 9 p.m.
Sunday night fans will be tuning in to “The Walking Dead” finale airing on AMC. There haven’t been many specific “The Walking Dead” spoilers shared as of yet, but on March 27 The Walker Stalkers talked with Andrew Lincoln and he did reveal a few juicy tidbits. What can fans expect from Sunday’s season 4 finale? It will be filled with a lot of brutality and shocking moments from the sounds of it.
Some time back, Andrew Lincoln had teased that at some point this season he would be using a weapon he had never used before. He confirmed that Sunday is the day that this all goes down, and it sounds like it is going to be a truly shocking sequence. Lincoln even said that when he read the script and saw what they had in store, he called Scott Gimple and asked if they were really going there. Once he was told they were, he apparently embraced it and went all out.
Fans should be braced to see Andrew Lincoln go through something more difficult and shocking than he’s ever had to go through before. There have been some hints via the comic book storylines about what this might entail, and fans are anxious to see how it will all play out on screen.
The TV show and the comic books don’t always follow the same paths regarding story, but it is sounding more and more like it just may go that direction in this case. If that is the situation, fans should brace themselves to see something pretty wretched happened to Carl in Sunday’s episode.
It has been said that much of the theme this season is that the characters are looking to see if they can ever once again become who they used to be. Lincoln said for Rick that question is answered in Sunday’s episode, and it doesn’t necessarily sound like the answer is a positive one.
Andrew added that this is an exciting episode for him and one of his favorites that he has worked on. He notes that Rick will be irrevocably changed in this episode in a brutal way, but he noted there is grace in some of the moments ahead as well.
What do you think happens to Rick in the season 4 finale? Will everybody survive to face season 5? It is expected that viewers will get a hint of where things are headed for season 5, and it is also expected there will be a big cliffhanger, naturally. Tune into the season 4 finale of “The Walking Dead” airing on AMC on Sunday, March 30.
They finally reached Terminus! Or at least some of them did. Glenn, Maggie, Tara, Bob, Sasha, Abraham, Eugene, and Rosita all arrived to a place with flowers blooming, crops growing, and a woman named Mary offering them a plate a food. So what now? Are the other groups (Rick, Carl, and Michonne…Tyreese and Carol…Daryl and the marauders…Beth) far behind? Whatever happens on Sunday’s season 4 Walking Dead finale, creator Robert Kirkman promises it will be intense. And he also says it will all come down to former group leader Rick Grimes.
“This last half of season 4 has been a character defining group of stories for everyone,” Kirkman tells EW, “but really, Rick Grimes — really finding what this guy is going to be able to do and how he is going to carry on, and is he going to get these people back together, and where is he going to go from here? And I think there are some big questions that are asked that are going to be answered in this final episode.”
Well, we’d expect nothing less. But before you assume that it’s going to be all sunshine and unicorns if-and-when the gang reunites, Kirkman issues the following warning: “This is Rick Grimes being pushed to his absolute limit. And if you think you’ve seen that before, you haven’t. And the Rick Grimes that comes out of this is really going to shock people.”
Whatever does go down, it appears it is going to leave a lasting impression, and is something that will have Walking Dead fans talking/sobbing for months after. “We’re definitely going to being bringing things to another level,” promises Kirkman. “And the anticipation for the next season after this finale is unfortunately going to be a lot more heightened than it has been between any other season. So it’s going to be a rough summer for Walking Dead fans waiting for us to come back in the fall.”
Uh-oh. Does that sound like a cliffhanger to you? What do you think is going to happen on Sunday’s season finale? Is someone going to die? And if so, who? Hit the message boards with your theories.