Viewers have met a brand new Rick Grimes this season on “The Walking Dead.” Following the time jump in the Season 3 premiere, we’ve learned that Rick has been hardened by the time the survivors have spent since leaving Hershel’s farm in the Season 2 finale. But has he lost his humanity? That’s something that remains to be seen.
Star Andrew Lincoln and executive producer Gale Anne Hurd held a conference call with members of the press Monday to discuss Sunday’s episode, “Seed,” as well as the rest of what they have planned season and CBR News was on hand to learn what we could about what plans to be the most treacherous season yet for Rick and the other survivors. The conversation lingered on the topic of this new, changed Rick, and Lincoln doesn’t seem to think the central “Walking Dead” character is as far gone as he might seem.
“His humanity is pretty intact, but I think his ruthlessness or his decision making has very much moved into a Shane point of view,” Lincoln said. “He is the most isolated within his group.”
The actor continued, “He is sort of coming apart, but is doing a very good impersonation of someone holding it together at the moment.”
Audiences can see that in his relationship — or lack thereof — with his wife Lori. Rick and Lori aren’t on great terms, and, according to Lincoln, that moment at the end of “Sick” where Rick reaches out and touches her shoulder is the first time the two have touched in eight months. But while Lori sort of understands where Rick is coming from in his need to alienate himself from those around him, it’s Daryl that Rick has the best connection with.
“There’s an incredible mutual respect between the two of them,” Lincoln said. “I think that out of everybody else, Daryl is the one who understands the burden of responsibility that Rick chooses to carry.”
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Viewers are thrilled to have “The Walking Dead” back on Sunday nights and last week’s premiere got off to an intense start. The showrunners have teased that there is a lot coming up this season, and that not everything will mirror the comic series. Friday, Oct. 19 TV Guide chatted with Andrew Lincoln, who portrays Rick, and got a few “The Walking Dead” spoilers fans won’t want to miss.
Andrew Lincoln shares that making the prison a safe place to live is a difficult task, but he knows the group is desperate and needs to make it work. He says, “There is a human threat obviously in Episode 2 which he deals with in an incredibly brutal way, but in his mind’s eye, a necessary way.” He adds, “You get a real sense of where Rick has gone and the extremities that he’s willing to go to in order to keep his family alive.”
Now that Shane is gone, there is no question among the others that Rick is the leader. Lincoln notes that Rick “will always lead to the weakest link, where Shane was not of that opinion.” However, the group now faces the Governor, which Lincoln says will be both physical and “A battle of the wits as well.” He adds that these two are the only ones that know what this burden of leadership feels like, and it sounds as if this will be an interesting storyline for “The Walking Dead” viewers to watch.
Lincoln notes that the group won’t split to join the Governor right now, but he thinks the possibility is there at some point. He notes that what he’s “really interested about what is Rick’s breaking point? I think we find it this season.” As for the significant issues between Rick and Lori right now, he thinks that the pressure they’re facing is ridiculous, but that they’re doing a pretty good job holding it together given the circumstances. Lincoln quips, “This is what I realize more and more: This is a family drama set in hell.”
Another part of “The Walking Dead” Season 3 fans are looking forward to watching is the group’s reunion with both Andrea and Merle. Both were left behind as the group scrambled for safety, and they each have their own perceptions of how it was handled. Lincoln says those scenes were fun to play and he’s excited to have Merle back.
As for the season as whole, Andrew Lincoln says, “I think every episode is crazy. You wait.” He thinks everybody’s been doing great work, and the season is “more brutal and severe” than the first two seasons. He adds, “Each week the audience gets slapped in the face, but it’s also got incredible moments of hope and emotion.” Viewers know based on other “The Walking Dead” spoilers that Season 3 will indeed be filled with a crazy roller coaster of fun and drama, and they can’t wait to throw themselves into it. “The Walking Dead” airs on AMC Sunday nights.
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Rick and the group need to make the prison safe to live. What are the difficulties in doing that?
Andrew Lincoln: If you had met these characters on the back of Season 2 and there hadn’t been the time jump or we didn’t have Lori’s baby being the time bomb, Rick would certainly have been the general and pushed them on, but I think he realized that they are so desperate. The silence of the [premiere] teaser says it all. They’re on the point of eating dog food now. They’re so desperate. They have to do this. He sees potential at this place, and he sees that it could essentially be the safe haven that they’ve been waiting for. It is their only solution and he realizes that. There is a human threat obviously in Episode 2 which he deals with in an incredibly brutal way, but in his mind’s eye, a necessary way. You get a real sense of where Rick has gone and the extremities that he’s willing to go to in order to keep the family alive.
How is Rick doing as a leader? Is anyone questioning him this season?
Lincoln: I think he’s proved himself. No one has died. The problem is the fact that mama and papa don’t speak. There’s a huge rift. They’re dying emotionally. No one’s calling into question his leadership. The Ricktatorship thing was a necessary tool to get them to survive. Everybody realizes he’s the man for the job and that killing Shane [Jon Bernthal] was a necessary evil to get the right guy leading the group. The thing about Rick is that he will always lead to the weakest link, where Shane was not of that opinion. He said, “We keep the strong, cut away the weak.” And that’s one of Rick’s enduring strengths and his humanity, but it’s also his weakness. And then you meet the Governor. Shane’s policy is where the Governor’s at. It’s what would have happened if Shane had been a leader a little bit further down the line.
Between Rick and The Governor, these are two very strong, very opinionated leaders who just want to keep their people alive. What does this war between them look like because it can’t all be physical.
Lincoln: A battle of wits as well. I mean, I think it is. It’s who they turned into because of this new world. I like the fact that they may be foes, but they’re also sharing the same experience. They’re the only people who know what it’s like to have the burden of leadership and responsibility to people’s lives that has been thrust upon you. Certainly the writers have come up with a really smart way of tying in the two worlds. And I think also, having the Governor is a really great way of opening up the world. You’ve been following the one man and his family and these group of survivors for so long. Season 2 was very much about the ideology within the group. Who’s going to be leader? Now it’s about outside of the prison and other humans. So it’s much more about the threat of humans.
Prisons are always grey, grim places – and a prison in the midst of a zombie apocalypse is even more depressing.
Imagine blood splattered over sparse, claustrophobic cells and decaying prisoners lumbering around in dull grey pyjamas.
But it’s in this unlikely haven that sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes chooses to shelter his pregnant wife Lori, their young son Carl and the rest of the motley crew that make up the cast of The Walking Dead.
When the Emmy award-winning show launches its third season on UK TV tonight, its cast – led by British export Andrew Lincoln as Rick – will still be filming in the countryside around Atlanta, Georgia.
Down the road from the studios where the prison set has been constructed in its entirety, in the idyllic town of Senoia, there’s a public notice to the residents that reads: “Stalwart films thanks the people of Senoia for not mowing their grass.” You don’t mow the lawn in a zombie apocalypse.
Senoia is doubling for the fictional town of Woodbury, which has managed to barricade itself against the ‘walkers’ under the direction of The Governor, a new character played by another Brit actor, David Morrissey.
The two main sets for this series – Woodbury, a picture-perfect throwback from the zombie-free past, and the prison, a soulless shell that simply aids survival – set up the main storyline for this season, as Rick and The Governor fight for supremacy.
“It’s fair to say, if you know the comic books, they are not the best of friends,” says Lincoln, 39, in a break from filming.
“I don’t want to spoil it, but suffice to say, it’s a clash of civilisations and ideologies.”
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After three seasons on “The Walking Dead,” Andrew Lincoln has finally been pushed to the edge.
It came the day he did a scene for the third season (8 p.m. Sundays, AMC) in which he was forced to chop off a man’s leg — or, at least, that was the way it appeared thanks to special effects.
The first take was “too graphic,” he says. So he was asked to do it again and again.
“It was one of the most shocking things I have ever had to do,” says Lincoln, a British-born actor who retained his American accent for this interview conducted between scenes.
“That night I couldn’t sleep. After work, I just got in my car and couldn’t fall asleep until 3 in the morning.”
As small-town-Georgia deputy sheriff Rick Grimes leading a band of human survivors during a zombie apocalypse, Lincoln has rarely been that jarred. He and the rest of the cast have been pressed particularly hard.
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So you’re here for Comic Con?
Yes. You know the funny thing: one of my friends was saying to me the other day, “What’s the difference between East Coast and West Coast Comic Con?” and I’m like, “You’re not starting a war – I need diplomatic immunity!” I love them both in their own special way.
Come on, pick a side.
(laughs) No! I actually do love New York, but the weather’s better over there. There’s pros and cons. I was here last year and it was crazy – the Comic Con outcrazied all of them because we were in the big hall and it was wild, like nothing I’d ever experienced.
How many Sheriff Ricks did you see?
The first season, I was very excited because I thought I saw two, but they were actually just cops. But the second season, out of 400,000 people there, I think there were three people dressed as me.
I thought that was a small triumph, frankly. And then this year, I was particularly enamored by a woman who had stubble and it was very moving that she went full Rick Grimes. And she gave me a little pendant.
Yeah. But there were quite a lot of Ricks. You know, Steven Yeun [who plays Glenn] generally gets lots of teenagers professing their undying love, and I just get people dressed as me, which is very unsettling and quite weird. But it’s just – I love it there. I mean, the first time I went to Comic Con, I was able to walk the floor because no one knew who the hell we were. I just remember going past a He-Man and there was a woman painted green and wearing very little, and I said, “Who are you?” and she said, “Skeletor with boobs.” And that was, like, within two minutes of being there. And I was like, “I get it. I get where we are. This is Comic Con.” But it was the first time I remember hearing when we played the trailer, and it was a big, big moment – you know, we’d been shooting for eight weeks of the first season, and this was the first time I thought, “We got it right, tonally.” They played the trailer and I don’t watch it, I don’t get involved in that, but you could just hear the audience and it was this boom of people going, “Yes, you’re getting it right.”
The Walking Dead recorded an all-time high for AMC last night (Sunday), pulling in 10.9 million viewers.
Remarkably, the zombie drama’s third season opener ‘Seed’ managed a 5.8 demo rating with 18-49 adults, outperforming all cable and even terrestrial launches this fall including The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family and The Voice.
The Walking Dead‘s huge figures represent cable’s highest ever rating for a drama series in US TV history.
Never previously had an episode of The Walking Dead topped the 9 million-viewer mark.
Charlie Collier, president of AMC, said in a statement: “Thank you to the fans for making The Walking Dead such a tremendous success. We are honoured and humbled that television’s largest adult audience resides on AMC.
“So many people on both sides of the camera worked tirelessly on this project, and I thank and congratulate each of them for their amazing contribution.”
Executive Glen Mazzara recently acknowledged that the show suffered from “pacing” issues in the second season, but insisted these were “long gone”.
Source: Digital Spy.
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