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The Walking Dead did not disappoint with its season five premiere, prompting many to compare it to an action movie and the second episode followed suit with poor Bob becoming a victim of the Terminus cannibals, but just when you question how it could possibly get anymore shocking, lead star Andrew Lincoln says he is “really worried” the upcoming episode three could have pushed the boundaries.
Viewers are anxiously awaiting to see the aftermath of episode two’s climactic ending, with Bob getting his leg sawed off and eating by the cannibals speared on by leader Gareth, and with Daryl and Carol heading off into the night to track down Beth, expectations are high that it’ll all hit the fan when the rest of the group find out three of their members are missing in the latest episode. Andrew, who plays group honcho Rick, says viewers will need to brace themselves for Four Walls and a Roof, which airs next week.
In a lengthy and very teasing interview with Details, Andrew says of the fast-paced style of the new season: “It’s an Indiana Jones thing. I love that we go that way—that we go fearlessly into moments where you just think, Really? But you know, they’re big popcorn moments! The balance between playing the brutal leader and the charismatic leader and the righteous leader. It’s a plate-spinning act. Be advised: Episode 3 is very, very . . . well, we’re going into uncharted waters with this episode, and I’d be very intrigued to know what you make of it. I wish we were having this conversation next week, because I’d be very intrigued to know what you think.”
He added to the reporter: “Watch it, and then call me up and tell me if you think we’ve overstepped the mark! [Laughs] Because I’m really worried. Honestly, I am, I am very concerned about this one. What did you think about the last episode? Because it had to be softer, you had to see where the characters were. But it still has that incredible thing – Bob’s leg being eaten at the end, you know what I mean?”
At the moment, it feels as though anyone could get bumped off with the season appearing to be the most daring so far, so naturally, tensions must be high between cast members about who will turn into zombie dinner next, but Andrew remains coy about his future on the comic book series despite the fact he is a lead character and is most likely safe. “Well, I hope that is true. You speak to the writers’ room and tell them that. Honestly, though, this is the greatest job I’ve ever been involved in. Just carrying this incredible story. A really fine actress just joined our cast, and she’d never seen the show before, and she texted me and said, “It’s mythological. It’s extraordinary.” She said, “It’s devastating, this story.” Those words really rang true: It’s mythological. And you’ll see with my beard—it’s biblical, where we’re going,” he explained.
“There’s something very primal about the story we’re telling this year. I said it in jest, but it was a conscious decision, maybe two years ago, to push ourselves and make us look as feral as we can. That’s why we’re gonna need a bigger beard. I’m really thrilled. It’s full of surprises, this season, but it’s full of all the classic ingredients. But this season, more than ever, the scale of it is just mind-blowing,” Andrew added.
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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.