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.”
Source: Coventry Telegraph.
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.
He should play the game! Its much worse.
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.
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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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