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.”