This season of “The Walking Dead” is going to be huge, but the biggest part will definitely be star Andrew Lincoln’s beard, as MTV News found out when we visited the Atlanta-based set of the show earlier this year.
“What can I tell you?” Lincoln said when asked about Rick’s progression in season five. “I’ve been growing my beard. I decided this season we’re gonna need a bigger beard. It’s all about the beard this season. I’m just waiting for them to tell me to stop growing it.”
Okay, so not the most spoilery thing an actor has ever said – and believe us, there were plenty of juicy spoilers for the upcoming season on display that we can’t divulge at this time. But the busy actor – Lincoln is in most of the scenes that were being shot while we visited on set – still thinks that this will be the best season so far.
“It’s been incredible,” Lincoln said on filming the newest set of episodes. “I think the returning episode is one of the strongest we’ve ever had. When we all read it, we just thought it had everything.”
Having seen the season premiere, “No Sanctuary,” we agree that the episode has everything you’d want from the show. But beyond the action-filled opener, it seems like things won’t let up from there.
“It’s been brutal, my voice is going – which is a good sign,” Lincoln continued. “It means I’m obviously doing something right. It’s the most ambitious season we’ve ever attempted. If we’d started the show with these two episodes, I don’t think we’d be here today. But we’ve earned those two episodes after the four and a half years of the story we’ve been telling. I’m really, really excited to see how the world reacts to it.”
Lincoln will see how they’ll react on Sunday (October 12). Head back to MTV News over the next few days for plenty more from our exclusive set visit to “The Walking Dead.”
The AMC zombie drama, which returns Sunday at 9 p.m. ET, has become the No. 1 show on television in the adults 18-49 demographic for the last two years, a feat almost unheard of for a cable show.
“We could not be more excited for October 12th as we share new episodes of The Walking Dead with fans around the globe,” said AMC President Charlie Collier in a statement. “In advance of Sunday’s season five premiere, AMC proudly confirms a sixth season order of this extraordinary series. Thank you to Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, the terrific executive producers, and the entire team who brings this compelling world and these rich characters to life. There’s plenty more Dead ahead thanks to their impressive, collective effort.”
Gimple is slated to return as showrunner alongside executive producers Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse. The news comes on the heels that AMC also ordered a pilot for a companion series to The Walking Dead based on a new story.
Today is Andrew’s birthday so a very happy birthday Andrew!
Andrew is featured in October’s issue and I have added scans and LQ photoshoot, if anyone has the photoshoot please send it in =]