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.”
Source – NY Post
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?
Oh, yeah. Everybody’s going crazy. All the people
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.”
I know. I’m
with you. I love it. It’s rare that you get the chance to have that levity on our show. It’s a lifeline for this guy. It’s funny, I was signing something at a convention, and the person said, “Sign your favorite line from this season,” and I just said, “It’s for you.” They asked what episode that was from, and I said, “You haven’t seen it yet. Wait.” That was Robert Kirkman. Robert Kirkman wrote that episode, and I thought he did a beautiful job.
“The Walking Dead” Season 4 finale airs Sunday, March 30 at 9 p.m. on AMC.
Source – Yahoo
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.
“As a party trick back in England, I give my old
scripts to people who are half-drunk and they do the worst southern accent,” he jokes.
Catch The Walking Dead Season 4 finale on AMC on Sunday, March 30, at 9 p.m.
Source – On Air with Ryan Seacrest
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.
Source – Examiner
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.
Source – Entertainment Weekly
Normally foreign promos for The Walking Dead share the best spoilers. But this one for the return of Season 4 in Japan doesn’t show a single piece of new footage. It’s still awesome, though, since it showcases two of the best things about the series: Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon) and Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes).
The bromance buddies were in Tokyo last month, after visiting Singapore, and on February 3 Norman shared a tea ceremony photo from what must’ve been this promo shoot.
The video, labeled “Sound of Silence,” shows our boys in traditional Japanese attire as they drink their tea. Then they look at each other, Andy squints, and apparently they go off to be superheroes since they leave the room and the promo ends with the announcement that Season 4 is coming. Norman tweeted that it’s premiering March 2 on FOX Japan. It’s worth the wait, guys!
What’s better, getting a special promo like this featuring two of the main stars, or getting a promo that shares scenes from the upcoming season? Tell us which you prefer below!
In America, The Walking Dead Season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.
David Yates, director of the Harry Potter movies, has enlisted actors Bill Nighy, Clémence Poésy and The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln for a short satirical video calling for a Europe-wide banking transaction tax.
Known as the Robin Hood tax, the film coincides with a meeting of European finance ministers this week to discuss the introduction of the tax, which could help ease poverty in developing countries to the tune of £20 billion.
The film is set in 2024, celebrating the ‘anniversary’ of a 2014 decision to introduce the financial transactions tax. Lincoln begins: “So, ten years from what some people refer to as the ‘miracle tax’ started…”
“We look back on it as a profoundly important moment,” Poésy says. “It’s been good for business and it’s brought billions for jobs in Europe.”
Nighy’s character, British banking CEO ‘John Bostock’, mocks the country for refusing to enact the tax like other European countries. “As you know, we didn’t do it in the UK…” he says bitterly “We haven’t seen any benefits in terms of money to fight extreme poverty…jobs…no…public services…no…climate change…oh leave it alone.”
The Book Thief’s Heike Makatsch and Bad Education’s Javier Camara also appear on the panel.
Yates described the Robin Hood tax as “a simple yet brilliant idea”. “We need to learn the lessons of the financial crisis and ensure that banks and hedge funds work in the interest of society, not the other way around,” he told The Mirror.
Nighy, who starred in Christmas rom-com Love Actually alongside Lincoln, notes that France, Germany and nine other European countries are about to introduce the “tiny tax that could do so much good”.
“It would be deeply regrettable if the rest of the world were caught on the wrong side of history,” he added. “Introducing the tax alone will not be enough, the billions it will raise need to be invested in tackling poverty at home and abroad and fighting climate change.”
Source – Independent
Warning: This article contains spoilers. If you haven’t watched Sunday’s mid-season premiere, you may not want to read below this line.
Has Rick Grimes ever looked worse? Seriously, homeboy is MESSED UP! His face looks like it was on the receiving end of a relentless barrage from a one-eyed maniac…which, technically, it was. The guy can barely walk. The guys can barely breathe. What CAN the guy do?!? In tonight’s Walking Dead midseason premiere, the answer was pretty much nothing. And Rick’s failure to protect both his family and the prison finally wore on young Carl, creating a tension between the pair as they sought safety and shelter. Combine that with Carl’s feelings of teenage invincibility and you have an episode that tested the father-son dynamic like never before. We spoke to star Andrew Lincoln to get his take on the episode, which also included a freaky Michonne flashback dream and an even sadder end for Hershel than we could have ever imagined. (Also check out our midseason premiere Q&As with Danai Gurira and episode writer Robert Kirkman.)
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: There’s really an interesting shift in the father-son relationship here in terms of Rick not being able to take care of Carl. It starts at the very beginning with Rick not being able to keep up with Carl and then continues when Rick can’t kill the walker and his son has to save him.
ANDREW LINCOLN: It’s almost shot-for-shot from the comic, and it was always the most emotional part of the comic when I read it. I think everybody relates to that. Every man relates to that story because someone said to me years ago, “You never get bigger to your father.” That’s the secret to a happy life, but everybody has to. So much of being a teenager is about finding your own voice, finding your own way, including your parents. So I loved it, I felt charmed by it, it was very moving to be involved in it. I spent most of my time on the couch — it was beautiful! I kicked back and let the kid work. I’m hoping this is my future! [Laughs] But it was an amazing moment, this child turning into this young adult. And you see the crew all watch him and have these satisfied smiles and see this young man lead the show. It was a very cool experience.
EW: I liked the way Robert Kirkman wrote it and Chandler played it – he’s doing it the way teenagers do, feeling reckless, thinking he’s bulletproof.
LINCOLN: I loved it. That’s the thing that Robert’s got in him, it’s a real, bulletproof cynical humor. He’s actually a sweetie. He’s got a very soft heart and he really taps into that in the graphic novel. And I thought it was a wonderful script, so balanced. And also the story of Michonne in there as well and the extraordinary dream sequence which we’ve never done before and I’m curious to hear what you thought about.
EW: I talked to Danai, and it’s so interesting the way it was done, because not only is it a dream sequence, but it’s jumping around in time. It takes you a moment to figure out what’s going on and to see her in that environment — or several environments intersecting at once, actually — was fascinating.
LINCOLN: That’s what I’m excited about with this back eight — there’s a boldness to some of this storytelling that I haven’t seen before and it’s really thrilling. For us, the actors that have been on it for four years, to have that and be able to play these things on a tangent is really exciting stuff.
EW: What about this scene at the end when Rick tells him “You’re a man, Carl.” Has there been that fundamental change in their relationship?
LINCOLN: Yeah, I think so. It’s a massive thing, to feel that you’re a failure in your son’s eyes. And behind all the fear and leaving him behind is the fact that he knows, he calls him out. He knows exactly what the boy thinks: He thinks I’m a failure and that I made the wrong call again and I cost everyone’s lives. Of course, he carries it. That’s Rick, that’s what he does. He takes responsibility for everything on the planet. It’s part of his curse but also his strength. That’s why people follow him. But yeah, in that beat, I think that’s what I loved about the episode — it’s come the full circle. Throughout all of this, he has this fear, and he realizes he can’t kill him. But I do think there’s an unspoken space between them and both of them are willing to concede. That’s what I love about this back eight, there’s so much space in it, but it’s all filled.
EW: I loved the line at the very end to Carl after you see Michonne at the door: “It’s for you.”
LINCOLN: It’s one of my favorite lines. Someone asked me what my favorite line was in Atlanta, at a comic convention, and I said, “It’s for you.” And they said “What?” And I said, “Wait, you’ll see.” It’s the perfect line. It’s the f—ing perfect line! The only problem with perfect lines is that you can only f— them up.
EW: It was so rough watching the whole Hershel death scene in the last episode, but what was even worse was seeing the decapitated zombie Hershel head here, just to know that he indeed had to suffer that terrible fate.
LINCOLN: That was always the intention, that we return and that’s what left. And it’s beautiful, when I read the script…its so moving, you have to kill somebody twice. It’s a degrading kind of hell that you’re left in. But I agree, I’m just fascinated to see how people view these back eight, because there’s something so incredibly beautiful and soulful. I mean, it’s still badass as anything, and there’s crazy s— up ahead, believe me. There’s a couple of things where I went to [showrunner] Scott Gimple and asked “Are we gonna do this? We’re really going to do this?” And Scott said, “Yep, we’re gonna do this!” But I do think there’s more poetry in this back eight than we’ve had in awhile.
Source – Entertainment Weekly
“This is the first time since Season 1 where they don’t have any protection,” The Walking Dead EP and director Greg Nicotero said tonight of the remainder of the show’s fourth season. “You get a sweeping sense of the world again, and our characters are thrust back in it,” he added without giving away any more than that.
Just days before the AMC series comes back from its midseason break, Nicotero was joined at the TV Academy by creator/executive producer Robert Kirkman, EP Gale Anne Hurd, EP and showrunner Scott Gimple, EP Dave Alpert, stars Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Steven Yeun and other members of WD’s main cast. Unlike a similar appearance at the TV Academy around this time last year — when recently exited EP Glen Mazzara was suddenly a no-show — there wasn’t any controversy, but there was another notable absence. Lead Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes on the show, was scheduled to be there tonight but ended up missing the evening due to a cold. “I am so sorry I’m not to be able to attend this event, but I am currently the walking dead tonight,” the actor said in a note to the audience read by Gimple in a terrible British accent.
Other than Nicotero’s comments about the overall arc of the rest of Season 4, it was primarily show-and-tell night, with the assembled cast revealing and discussing their favorite clips from the first half of the cycle. “Good bloody gory memories,” actress Lauren Cohan said to a big laugh in the packed Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre.
This has been a record-breaking season for the blockbuster zombie apocalypse series so far. The Season 4 premiere of Walking Dead on October 13 garnered a stunning 16.1 million viewers. With numbers like that and a couple of sacks of NBC’s NFL Sunday Night Football in the key 18-49 demo last year, it’s no wonder AMC renewed WD for a fifth season on October 29 last year. The remainder of the fourth season premieres February 9 after a more than two-month break — a break that started on a record-breaking high. The December 1 midseason finale pulled in 12.1 million viewers, a midseason finale record for WD. There’s no NFL more NFL competition this year, but Walking Dead will be facing the Winter Olympics on NBC for its first couple of Sundays.
One issue that was certainly not addressed was former WD producer and series developer Frank Darabont and CAA’s multi-tiered lawsuit against AMC for profit participation payments not received and wrongful termination. AMC are expected to reply to the producer and the agency’s complaint sometime later this month.
Source – Deadline
The good news for Rick Grimes is that he is still alive. Annnnnnnnd that’s pretty much it. He had a front row seat to the execution of his good friend Hershel, the Governor beat him within an inch of his life, the prison has been overrun with zombies, and, oh yeah, as far as he knows, his baby daughter Judith just became someone’s afternoon snack. So not exactly what you’d call the best of days so far for Mr. Grimes. (I mean, just look at the photo above for chrissakes!) What happens next? We’ll find out when The Walking Dead returns with season 4’s final eight episodes Feb. 9 on AMC. The first episode back features a battle of wills between Rick and Carl as they seek shelter and safety. We spoke with Papa Grimes himself, Andrew Lincoln, about what to expect in episode 409 and beyond.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So with the prison gone, everyone is going to be splintered off in these smaller groups and we’re going to see people having to fend more for themselves. What can you tell us about what’s in store?
ANDREW LINCOLN: I’m really excited about the back 8 episodes. I think there’s a different tone to the back 8, and I think you’re going to see a lot of characters that you haven’t seen under the microscope as much all have their chance to shine. And people are putting in some tremendous performances. I think there were three scripts that were some of my favorite that I’ve ever done in the back 8. But it’s different, and that’s what’s so admirable about it with Scott Gimple’s vision. It’s a very different tone for the show and I think you learn a lot. It’s very character driven, very soulful — much more reminiscent of the first season, I think, just because they’re all out and alone and they’re much more vulnerable. And also because they’re apart from each other you realize that without each other their family is dying. It’s almost like vignettes; it’s like character studies in all of the characters. The underpinning of all of this is the great hope they can find each other again.
EW: For the most part, everything we’ve seen on this show has been as a big group, albeit with scattered separations here and there when smaller groups go on runs or what have you. But now we’re going to have a lot more individual or smaller group stories since everyone is scattered out. Is that a nice change of pace?
LINCOLN: I think so. It’s not only a change of pace but what it does is it rewards the audience that perhaps doesn’t know about certain characters’ backstories and histories. There are some very witty pairings is what I will say. Really, really witty.
EW: At this point, after seeing that empty bloody car seat, viewers are wondering: Where’s baby Judith? What is Rick assuming as far as Judith?
LINCOLN: She’s gone. I think, as you’ve seen in the episode, she’s gone. That’s it. That’s the feeling for Rick and Carl. Rick is has been putting so much of his ideology and hope and change on Hershel and the prison. Now these people have been ripped away from him. The back 8 for him are very much a story of self-discovery for him, of finding himself knocked to the floor and finding yet again another way of picking himself up again. And it’s about fighting to be a father. I think episode 9 very much explores that — about becoming a man and a man accepting that fact. It’s a time-honored story. But it’s set under these incredibly difficult circumstances. There’s a heck of a lot bubbling for all the characters. They’re at the weakest they’ve ever been probably since I woke up in the coma. Of course, they’re incredibly tenacious survivors. Bear in mind, the only other people inhabiting this world who aren’t behind walls are also tenacious survivors as well.
EW: What about the aftermath of seeing Hershel executed? Especially for Rick, because Rick was the one negotiating for his release and ultimately failing in that. How is that going to weigh on him?
LINCOLN: Man, he never gets a break. It’s not an easy guy to play. There aren’t many calls that he makes that go right, let’s be honest. That was the death knell to that way of living. That’s done, that compromise Rick was attempting to make and had made with the offering of peace to the Governor. Hershel was a father figure and a mentor, he was the bedrock for everybody, he was the moral conscious. I think that Hershel’s spirit lives on always. Everybody that has an impact in your life you carry with you always, but I do think that Rick is in a very low ebb. And I think physically, in episode 9, you’ll see a man who is frightened for the first time in a long, long time. He’s frightened not for himself but for his son because he’s weak. He’s very, very weak and that makes him belligerent and aggressively challenging towards his son because he’s scared. So he’s physically weak, spiritually he’s lost, mentally he doesn’t quite know where to begin because he’s just seeing his home demolished. He’s in the worst place he’s been.
Source – Entertainment Weekly