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.”
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.
“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.
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.
As one of the stars of AMC’s The Walking Dead, Norman Reedus is used to dealing with zombies on set. But he wasn’t prepared to come face-to-face with one of them in real life — which he did when costar Andrew Lincoln and viral Vine prankster Nick Santonastasso pulled off a hilarious (and carefully orchestrated) zombie stunt during one of the hit show’s promo stops in Tokyo.
Santonastasso, 17, is a Walking Dead superfan who was born with a rare condition called Hanhart syndrome and has one arm and no legs. He’s recently become something of a social media sensation thanks to his “zombie prank” Vines, which involve him painting himself in zombie makeup and then scaring unsuspecting strangers in public.
As part of Fox International’s new social media campaign “#getFOXed,” New Jersey native Santonastasso was flown out to Tokyo to pull one of these pranks on Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon on the AMC smash. His partners-in-crime? Cast member Lincoln (Rick Grimes) and TWD special effects expert Greg Nicotero.
“Norman is gonna kick our asses,” Lincoln jokes in a video about the prank, which took place in a hotel room in Tokyo.
As seen in the clip above, Reedus enters the room prepared to film a promo for The Walking Dead. Once he’s alone, Santonastasso emerges from under a room service cart. Reedus’ reaction? Priceless.
“Good job, you jerk,” he quips afterward.
Watch the entire hilarious prank above!
TBS’s Conan, starring Conan O’Brien, will welcome the cast of AMC’s smash hit The Walking Dead on Thursday, Feb. 6, for their first-ever joint interview in late night. Joining O’Brien in the studio will be Andrew Lincoln (who plays Rick Grimes), Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon), Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene), Steven Yeun (Glen Rhee), Danai Gurira (Michonne) and Melissa McBride (Carol Peletier). The cast is making this exclusive appearance in anticipation of the mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead on Sunday, Feb. 9.
Since its debut in October 2010, The Walking Dead has become the most-watched TV drama in cable TV history and is now the #1 show on television among adults 18-49. The season four premiere in October set ratings records for the series and became the most-watched non-sports telecast in cable history, with 20.2 million viewers and 13.2 million adults 18-49 in Live + 3 delivery, according to Nielsen.
The show will go on – with or without him.
So says British actor Andrew Lincoln, who plays leading protagonist Sheriff Rick Grimes in the massively popular TV series The Walking Dead.
The 40-year-old believes his character’s death is bound to happen at some point – and that both he and the show would be okay with it.
“I’ve always maintained that if and when I die, which is an inevitability in the show… as long as it pushes the story on, I’ll go with it,” said the likeable British star at a media conference in Singapore on Monday.
Lincoln and fellow star Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon, were in town to promote the show – currently on a break midway through its fourth season – which has become a global phenomenon.
Part of the show’s secret sauce is its knack for killing off characters at crucial junctures – but Lincoln is hoping for Grimes to stick around a fair bit longer, and hinted that the second half of the season will provide answers as to why.
“I don’t want to go just yet,” the 40-year-old laughed.
Lincoln added: “In the next eight episodes, you’ll see a very different tone, pace and you’ll be rewarded by it as well.”
“It’s almost like a magnifying glass on the rest of the survivors,” he said, referring to where the show left off, with the “prison gang” scattered and left in disarray after an attack by their enemy, “The Governor”.
“It’s a really different back eight and if we continue to keep doing that, he (Grimes) has got a few years left.”
The rest of the session, however, was decidedly less sombre, with Lincoln and Reedus holding excellent court through playful and hilarious banter, much like their previous appearance on Saturday, where they sportingly entertained hundreds of local fans at the LaSALLE College of the Arts.
And if the duo were in an even better mood, it was because of a newfound appreciation for their Singaporean devotees, according to Lincoln at least.
Reedus, 44, was relating a story of how a nasty fan riled him up on an airplane when his co-star jumped in to comment on how “it’s different in Singapore”.
“People here stand away from you. They know it’s you, then they’ll ask, then it’s an invasion and you’re swarmed,” Lincoln joked.
“But yes, it seems to be there’s a politeness before that, whereas sometimes (elsewhere) it’s a feeling that you’re behind a cage.”
The stars also gushed about Singapore, especially when it came to – what else – the food.
“Spicy crab” was “delicious” and “amazing” to both Lincoln and Reedus, who also found time to try the prickly durian.
“You open it, you look at it, you think fruit,” said the effortlessly cool Reedus. “And it tastes nothing like fruit!”
He later described the durian as a “great” weapon of choice during a zombie invasion, to the delight of those in attendance.
But the loudest guffaws came when the duo were asked to play a game of “shoot, shag, marry” – with the choices being a zombie (or “walker”) and Lincoln and Reedus themselves.
“I’d shag a walker,” said Reedus. “And marry Andy, because then I can continually shag you.”
“If he does that, can I shoot myself?” Lincoln replied.
But Reedus had the last laugh, banking on the TV show’s plot to fire back, saying: “You’ll come back as a Walker and I’ll shag you again!”
Andrew Lincoln may be the leading man of arguably the biggest show on TV now, but he hasn’t watched a single episode of his own TV series.
“I don’t watch the show. I don’t need to. I get to live it everyday,” said the 40-year-old English actor who plays sheriff Rick Grimes on AMC’s The Walking Dead, based on a graphic novel where zombies (or “Walkers”) have over-run the earth.
The series, currently in its fourth season and fresh from a win at the People’s Choice Award for Favourite Cable TV show and Lincoln for Favourite TV Anti-Hero, has become a global phenomenon, sparking renewed interest in zombies and all things undead.
Asked to elaborate further, Lincoln — who arrived in Singapore on Saturday and will be here until Monday to promote the show along with fellow star Norman Reedus — said he became self-conscious after watching himself in previous TV shows he’d done.
“I just don’t watch myself. I wouldn’t like this or that. It wasn’t helpful to me and since then, I stopped watching myself”, he said, adding that he would never direct an episode of the hit show if offered the chance for the exact same reason.
So true to his word was he that during the two-hour meet-the-fan session held at the LaSALLE College of the Arts in town, Lincoln covered his face and ears when two clips of the show were aired.
His confession was among precious tidbits of the show — currently on a mid-season break in its fourth season — over 500 fans and student actors were treated to as Lincoln and the irreverent Reedus held court.
Among other gems — actors are not allowed to keep any TV scripts for fear extras would steal or lift them out of the bin and leak spoilers and that the show would be back with a big bang next month.
“There are three episodes in the second half of this season that are the best we’ve ever done. You see the prison family at their most vulnerable and they are slowly breaking down on their own, ” said Lincoln, who labelled the TV series a “family drama set in hell”.
“Long may I survive. I could be dead already,” he cheekily added, in reference to the show’s notorious reputation for killing off key characters at a moment’s notice.
Meanwhile, the playful fan favourite Reedus — with whom Lincoln shared an obvious and deep camaraderie — delighted the crowd by peppering the session with matter-of-fact one liners.
“I saw a Walking Dead porno the other day. I can show you when we get back to filming,” said the trim and toned 44-year-old, winking at Lincoln.
Earlier on, both stars seemed to be genuinely taken aback by a crowd of 250 mostly teen and young adult fans who had gathered at LaSalle for a close-up look at their favourite stars. But they quickly got over their surprise and won the raucous crowd over by posing gamely for countless “selfies” and autographing all manner of figurines, comic books, posters and photos.
“It’s crazy. We live in a bubble because the show is shot in the middle of nowhere. And then we come here and get assaulted,” Lincoln said to laughs.
Walking Dead Season 4 returns on Monday, 10 Feb at 1130am (right after its US telecast) and 8.10pm (same day encore) on Fox Movies Premium on StarHub Channel 622.
AMC has announced it will air two back-to-back marathons of its Emmy Award-winning original dramas Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. A four-day Breaking Bad marathon, which kicks off at noon ET/PT each day from Fri., Dec. 27 through Mon., Dec. 30, will feature every episode from the series’ critically acclaimed five seasons, making AMC the only destination for cable subscribers to watch every Breaking Bad episode for free. On New Year’s Eve day, Dec. 31, at 9AM/8c, AMC will air a two-day marathon of The Walking Dead. Beginning with the pilot, episodes will air back-to-back in chronological order until 5AM/4c on Jan. 2, 2014.
From acclaimed writer, producer, director Vince Gilligan and produced by Sony Pictures Television, Breaking Bad follows the story of a desperate man who turns to a life of crime to secure his family’s financial future. The series capped its historic run on Sep. 29, delivering a series-record 10.3 million viewers, including 6.7 million adults 18-49.
Breaking Bad has garnered ten Emmy Award wins – including the 2013 Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series – and a Peabody, and been named to the American Film Institute’s (AFI) list of the “Top 10 Programs of the Year” (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012). Heralded as “one of the greatest dramas in TV history,” (The Hollywood Reporter), Breaking Bad stars three-time Emmy Award-winner Bryan Cranston; two-time Emmy winner Aaron Paul; Emmy-winner Anna Gunn; Dean Norris; Betsy Brandt; RJ Mitte and Bob Odenkirk.
The Walking Dead continues to be the #1 show on all of television among the coveted 18-49 demographic and remains the highest-rated series in the history of cable television. The first eight episodes of its fourth season delivered an average of 13 million viewers and 8.4 million adults 18-49.
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, The Walking Dead tells the story of the months that follow after a zombie apocalypse. The series Entertainment Weekly called the “greatest thriller ever produced for television” stars Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Emily Kinney, Chad L. Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green and Lawrence Gilliard Jr. The Walking Dead is executive produced by showrunner Scott M. Gimple, Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Emmy-winner Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse.
The Walking Dead will return for the second half of its fourth season at 9/8c on Sun., Feb. 9, followed by a new episode of Talking Dead at 10/9c.
It’s going to be a long few months. AMC announced the midseason return date for The Walking Dead, which once again is in February.
The horror-action drama will return Sunday, Feb. 9.
On Sunday’s winter finale post-show The Talking Dead, star Andrew Lincoln teased the back-eight episodes as “the boldest, bravest and most exciting this show has ever attempted.”
“Very intense,” agreed executive producer-writer Robert Kirkman.
The rest of Kirkman’s comment, beware, contains major spoilers for tonight’s episode.
“Not only have these people lost Hershel, they lost the prison, but they also lost each other,” Kirkman says. “They’re out on their own, they’re in different groups. There’s going to be a lot going on with these different people as they try to survive in the next half of the season.”
That’s good news for fans who have been frustrated with the pacing of season 4, though perhaps Sunday’s episode proved to some doubters that the show can still crank up the intensity. Here’s our four reasons why The Walking Dead‘s fourth season has been an improvement upon on the past couple seasons. Notice that with tonight’s winter finale, my three gripes in that post linked above were seemingly wiped out: No more being stuck at the prison, with little action, and too much time with minor characters.
The showrunner breaks down season four’s deadly mid-season finale and previews what’s to come when the AMC zombie drama returns in February. Since the interview features a lot of questions, most not specific to Andrew or his character, I have chosen a few questions that are about him or are somewhat associated with him. To read the entire interview, you can click the link at the bottom.
Rick and Carl (Chandler Riggs) presume baby Judith is dead. There’s a lot of blood in that car seat. Is she really dead?
There are a lot of walkers around there as well. It did not look good, and I don’t want to say one way or another but what you see tells a story.
How will Rick handle his grief this time? We presume he won’t see visions of Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) or give up his gun again.
This is an unthinkable amount of loss: Hershel, Judith and the prison. Of course it’s going to affect him unbelievably, and it’s a huge part of the story we’re moving into. He’s definitely not going to see visions of Lori. This is a different loss and will affect him differently. When he lost Lori, he was at a place surrounded by fences with brick buildings. One could argue that he had time to mourn or deal with it — or not [deal with it] as he did. He’s messed up physically from that fight with the Governor and now he’s off in the world, that’s where we left him. He’s in a very different situation, where there’s going to be some very direct demands upon him of survival.
The group was forced out of the prison and is on the road again. Where do they go from here?
I can’t say. If you know the comic, there are a lot of differences from the comic that we do and a lot of differences that we have to do. There’s going to be a lot of familiar stuff, brand-new stuff and remixed stuff. There are some things where you will totally know them and hopefully be expecting them, and then there will be stuff that’s brand-new that you have no idea if it’s coming but it will circle around to moments from the comic. It’s very much like these eight. Comic fans once again will absolutely see a lot of iconic moments.
Will there be a time jump when season four resumes in February?
Not much! There’s a lot that happens after the prison. Everyone seems pretty scattered. There’s a lot to tell in the aftermath of what just happened.
Season three moved at a breakneck pace, but season four was more of a slower, character exploration. Will the back half of season four have the same pacing as the first eight episodes?
The back half of the season has a wildly different structure to it. It’s a very different set of stories, and it’s very unlike the first half of the season. I can’t say without giving stuff up, but it’s very different. The same story priorities apply; there’s a lot of character exploration but in a very different way. In some ways, the story moves quicker but in a really different manner. As soon as you see the first episode, you’ll figure out why and how. Episode 10 [the second one in February] has a super unusual structure that I’m very excited for people to see. It’s very different than the first half.
And it comes down to this: Eight episodes of new zombie threats, an infection that threatened to wipe out the entire prison group, and a bitter rivalry with the Governor comes to a head in the “Walking Dead” midseason finale.
Series star Andrew Lincoln, who finished filming Season 4 last weekend and is back home in London reading movie scripts before he heads back to begin Season 5, talked to Yahoo TV on Thanksgiving eve about this season’s unique storytelling formats, and what promises to be a shocking and sad midseason finale.
He also hints that the second half of the season, which premieres in February, is even more of a departure from storytelling of the past, and teases that it features an episode he considers the series’ most controversial ever.
Before the Season 4 premiere, you told us that the midseason finale, which airs this weekend, was the most ambitious episode the series had attempted. Do you still feel that way?
I’ve just done the season finale, so I’m not so sure anymore. [Laughs.] This is quite a big episode coming up. But then I think from this episode onwards, it spins off into a different orbit, the show, which for everybody concerned has been thrilling. It’s so neat that we’ve just … [viewers] don’t get to see it obviously until next year, but the season finale is just, it’s so clever what [showrunner Scott Gimple] and the writers have done. It’s just really clever.
We do have a tendency to try and up the ante. I will say that the story, as you can tell from the structure of the first seven, the Governor and our people are about to meet proper. I really can’t go into great detail, but it is probably the biggest we’ve attempted in every aspect, the midseason finale. Saying that, the last episodes this season, I’m still recovering from. But I do think loyal fans of the show won’t be disappointed by this midseason finale. I think it’s a showdown that we always promised. I think this time we certainly deliver.
This showdown between Rick’s group and the Governor and his new group is different this time. We have more perspective on the Governor, how he became this man he is. Does that make for a more intense, more personal showdown?
It’s funny: Before I got the midseason finale from Scott, I was reading a book, and there was a quote in it that I really liked. I think it’s by a philosopher called Hegel. It says, “Tragedy is when right collides with right.” I texted it, because I do a silly thing where I text Scott and share things like that with him, thoughts of the day. [Laughs.] Or quotes that I like. He said, “Oh my God, that is very much the mini arc within the bigger arc … it’s where I wanted it to finish,” which is Episode 8.
In answer to your question, I absolutely think that Scott did a very smart thing by filling in a lot of spaces in the backstory of the Governor and not sympathizing with the man, but certainly asking the audience to understand him a little bit more. One of the things I dig about the show is the fact that you can be rooting for a psychopath. You can feel sympathy for a man that has lost everything, and yet he collects heads in fish tanks. That’s the strength of the writing this season and also David [Morrissey]‘s portrayal.
I think that what you’ll find is, it’s a man wrestling with two parts. It’s a very similar story to what Rick is going through. There’s the beast in Rick, and then there’s also the love in Rick. I think there’s a man inside the Governor that he’s trying to contain, or at least trying to diminish. Whether that’s possible is another thing.
The last time we saw Rick, he was about to tell Daryl what happened with Carol. Before this showdown happens, will Rick have had a chance to talk to Daryl and Tyreese about Carol?
Certainly you’ve identified something that needs to be addressed, and fear not. I think you won’t be disappointed. I really don’t want to spoil anything. But I will say that I was in my trailer with a few of the actors — Norman [Reedus] and Steven [Yeun], and a few others. I won’t mention too many names, because obviously you’ll know who may or may not be alive. [Laughs.] But we were so excited, because there’s so much drama this season. There were so many open-ended, extraordinary storylines that even our mouths are drooling at the prospect of what’s going to happen in the future.
I think that’s been one of the most satisfying things, shooting this season, is realizing that Scott, who is orchestrating all these 16 hours, has really gone to town with the most dramatic combination of characters and circumstances, because you can tell he loves the story. He’s honoring, as a fan of the comic books, some of the most extraordinary and challenging and controversial story arcs in the comics, and playing them out in a new fashion in the TV show. So rest assured, Rick’s call with Carol … it’s there.
You are less than a week out of finishing Season 4. How do you feel?
[I’m in] an incredible place. It’s relief, mixed with sadness, mixed with excitement, because we now know the full shape of the season, and it’s an extraordinary season. It’s one of the most exciting and diverse and bold and brave seasons we’ve done since the first. Also, it’s a tough seven and a half months. It’s strange how, instantly, you get back a couple days and have a couple of good nights’ sleep, and you start missing it. It’s such an intoxicating job, and also the people … a lot of them have been on it for four years, as I have. We’ve got this incredible bond. Also, it’s made all the more exciting by the fact that the world is watching it as it goes out. It’s a real thrill ride, actually.
You also aren’t filming this on some air-conditioned soundstage. This is full immersion, filmed on location, in Georgia weather.
That’s right, and famously it is one of the most beautiful places on the planet in the fall. But fall lasts for about two weeks. Then it just gets cold. [Laughs.] It goes from extremes of brutal summer heat and sweating to desperately trying to scavenge some long-sleeved jacket. It’s an amazing place. I agree, I think it’s one of the strengths of the show that we [film it] on one location. We shoot on 16 mm film. We’re one of the last shows to keep doing it. We have this extraordinary film crew who lug and put the camera everywhere. It does give that extra sense of authenticity, I think, being on location.
Before this season, you mentioned there was an exciting and very interesting new way the stories were going to unfold. We’ve seen what you were talking about, with episodes that have focused in on certain characters. What did you think when you first heard this was how the story was going to unfold?
I was thrilled. I think it’s bold, and I think it’s a necessarily thing. We’re four years into a show. We’ve been blessed with incredible [ratings] throughout those years. I think we owe it to the fans to change it up a bit. One of the things that attracted me to the project was always the fact that it was a story that kept changing. Not only the cast keeps changing and recycling and moving forward, but the story. It’s a very, very smart move by Scott and the writers and AMC to do this. As for me, reading the script, and I hope the audience has the same reaction, I was always behind. It was always ahead of me. I couldn’t second-guess it. I think that that’s a brilliant sign that the writers are still able to do this at this stage in the show.
I will stress this as well. You haven’t even seen the half of it yet. The back eight is more radical than ever before. It’s almost a tale of two seasons. It really is that radical, the difference between the first eight and the back eight.
The show is always incredibly intense, and while it’s hard to believe we’re already almost through eight episodes, so much has happened, so many huge things, that it feels like we’ve seen 20 episodes.
I’m glad you say that, because we wanted to get the balance between action, horror, and character. There was anxiety when we were filming it: “Are we slowing it down too much? Is there going to be enough of that?” But then you realize just in the first two episodes how much you learn about characters that have been in the show for maybe a couple of seasons. The storytelling and the character development by the writers this year has been magnificent. I’m so thrilled you say that, because I feel the same way. I feel that so much is learned.
And really, trust me, I think that three of the strongest episodes we’ve done this season are yet to come. Probably four. There are two episodes that I absolutely adore in the back eight, one of which I think is going to be the most controversial episode that we’ve probably ever been involved in, and that’s saying something. [Laughs.]
“The Walking Dead” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC.
Some actors enjoy watching the fruits of their labour – to see where they can improve or just out of vanity – but not Andrew Lincoln. It’s no secret that the actor, who rose to prominence playing Sheriff Rick Grimes on AMC’s gory, but entertaining The Walking Dead, doesn’t watch the show. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, he explained exactly why that is. “The original reason is the fact that I don’t actually enjoy looking at myself,” Lincoln said.
He continued, explaining that he can’t stop himself from criticizing all the little pieces that could have been done differently – like most great artists, probably.
“And also because of the directorial choices that possibly, because I’ve done it, make you go, “Oh, there’s a take that blah-blah-blah.” But mainly because I did it for a while, I watched it, and it’s a self-conscious thing of watching myself and going, “Oh I like it when I do that. That’s kind of cool.” And then, “Oh, I don’t like it when I do that.” And that defeats the object of what I want to do as an actor, which is to try and be in the role and not be self-conscious. I watch great actors, great actors that I admire beyond all things and I see them replicate, and it’s very hard not to. I don’t want to do that. I just want to leave myself alone as much as I can.”
Apparently, the actor is so deeply invested in his work on the series, that he doesn’t even watch the episodes, in which Rick Grimes isn’t featured. In the EW interview, Lincoln went on to say about the rare episode he doesn’t appear in: “I don’t even like watching that. I kind of step back from it all. The fun bit for me is doing it. I love that. That’s the exciting thing for me. “I don’t think it’s that unusual if you ask a lot of actors, because it’s the same thing as not reading press or reviews. You can’t do both.”
We see why Lincoln stays away from TWD after his bit is done, but nothing can stop the show’s legions of fans – when it comes back on air that is, which won’t be until October 13. A wait like that could almost turn us into walkers.
Season 4 of the AMC hit “The Walking Dead” is fast approaching and more details about the new episodes have surfaced.
Executive Producer David Alpert revealed plenty of information to AMC in a Q&A session, and here are some of the highlights:
Q: If Season 3 was about the human threat, what would you say Season 4 will be about?
A: What we really have here in Season 4 is we dangle the carrot that civilization can be rebuilt…The notion that there’s civilization and the notion that there’s the possibility of there being laws and a sense of normalcy. I think we’re going to see an evolution in the walkers – there’s a whole bunch of new walkers – and we’ll see an evolution of the threat of human-on-human. Dangling the possibility of civilization will make people much more desperate and willing to do things that would have previously been unthinkable.
Q: What’s been the toughest character for you personally to lose from the show?
A: The great thing about this show is that literally every character is on the table… We have no one that is untouchable… One of the hardest things was killing Shane. In the comic, it happened much, much earlier, and Robert had said he wanted to give that character a little bit more space to breathe. So trying to figure out what was the right place to kill Shane was really difficult… In the screening room here in production, there’s a wall that says ‘Our Grateful Dead,’ and it’s got pictures of all the characters who’ve been killed off over the seasons. It’s kind of insane: One, it’s kind of touching, and, two, we’ve killed a lot of people on this show. [Laughs] It’s hard to say which one was the toughest.
Q: Are you planning to add any characters to that wall in Season 4?
A: Oh, there’s going to be a whole bunch of people added to the wall.”