WARNING: Spoilers for the latest “Walking Dead” lie ahead.
Like winter in Westeros, war is coming for the cast of “The Walking Dead.” On one end of the battlefield is Rick Grimes, the former lawman rapidly losing his sanity as he tries to keep his fellow survivors alive within the walls of a semi-secure prison. On the other end is the ruthless Governor and his walled-in community of Woodbury. Blood has been spilled on both sides of the conflict, leading the two leaders to their first-ever face-to-face sit-down in the latest episode of “Walking Dead,” titled “Arrow in the Doorpost.”
During their encounter, the Governor offers Rick a solution to their mutual problem: in exchange for a ceasefire, Rick must offer up Michonne, the sword-slinging survivor who destroyed the Governor’s eye and killed his zombified daughter, Penny. But even as Rick seriously considers the offer, the Governor is already preparing plans to betray and slaughter the leader of the prison and his people.
With much on his mind — including visions of his dead wife Lori — Rick’s stress levels are at an all-time high, and his sanity is quite possibly at an all-time low. To hash things out further, MTV News reached out to “Walking Dead” leading man Andrew Lincoln for more on Rick’s current situation and the inevitable showdown in the final few episodes of season three.
MTV: After building up to this moment all season long, it was very exciting to finally see Rick and The Governor in the same room, face to face. What was your reaction to their initial meeting?
Andrew Lincoln: I’ve been champing at the bit since [Governor actor David Morrissey] arrived on set. The first time we even saw each other on a filming day was the episode where he shot Axel. The only bit of filming I witnessed was him spraying his gun and bullets in the air as he rode away. I just looked at the rest of the cast and crew and went, “What an a–hole. I hate that guy.” [Laughs] It was great to finally get a chance to work with David. I’ve been a huge admirer of his and, like [Morgan Jones actor] Lennie James, I never had the chance to work with him in my own country, so we did it here in America. It was thrilling. The script was not what I anticipated; I thought it would be much more combative, almost closer to the Shane-Rick confrontation, much more of a clash. But it turned into something really interesting.
There were more mind games, two men sizing each other up, and trying to come to some semblance of an agreement. It was fun. We didn’t really talk so much when we were working together because of the nature of the atmosphere in the room, but it was great to get these two men in the same room, to see how they respond to each other. There was almost a bond of common understanding; these are two leaders who have had leadership thrust upon them, for whatever reason. In spite of all of the conflict and confrontations, they can speak to each other like they can speak to no one else in their world. It was quite an enjoyable experience to play around with that. I think it was vital that Rick almost, almost, has sympathy for the guy.
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If the previews are anything to go by, this week’s episode of “The Walking Dead” will finally feature the long-awaited face-off between Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes and David Morrissey’s The Governor.
“There is a face-off coming,” Andrew told Access Hollywood last Friday at the PaleyFest 2013’s event honoring the show. “The writers have done a terrific job in just making a few twists and turns that you wouldn’t anticipate.”
David also hinted the face-off likely won’t go down the way viewers might predict.
“I think the main thing to say about that is what the show has done in the last half of the season is been full of surprises and twists and turns and I think people have been pleasantly surprised about how the show develops, and it’ll carry on in that way,” David told Access, when asked about the face-off back in January. “So the meeting that I think you’re expecting – it might have a little bit of an edge to it or something different anyway. It won’t be exactly the meeting you were hoping for.”
For Andrea, who is currently back in Woodbury, and sleeping with the enemy, she may return to her pre-zombie apocalypse roots to try and help both groups, following her failed assassination attempt of The Governor.
“Let me just be clear, she was sleeping with the enemy in [Episode 311] because she’s working on the inside. She did not sleep with him because it was like, ‘Oh, you’re so handsome, and I’m having a weak moment,’” Laurie Holden explained to Access on the PaleyFest red carpet. “She really thought that she could pull off what Carol asked of her — and that was her intention — but Andrea’s never killed a human being before and it’s very different to think that you can kill someone in cold blood and then actually stand over someone when they’re sleeping and slit their throat. So I think that you’re going to see in future episodes that she’s going to try for peace in the ways that she knows how. She was a lawyer prior to the apocalypse.”
Michonne certainly seemed to finally get a foothold in the group after going on the supply mission with Rick and Carl in last week’s episode, “Clear,” and to keep her spot going forward and inch her way toward becoming a fully-fledged member of Rick’s camp, Danai Gurira said her character will need to work on herself.
“I think working her way into the group is a lot about working on herself,” Danai told Access. “[For a long time], she was on her own, she developed her own survival skills, which she’s very dependent on. She learned how to live without human attachment, except when she took Andrea in, so the idea of having to open up to a group — and she knows that this where she should be — but it’s that journey into really embracing somewhat of her old self really, who she was before the apocalypse, because she became quite a different chick. But now it’s about being that formidable woman, but also going back to the woman she was before and trusting that it’s safe for her or worth the risk for her to let that part of her out.”
And could Merle have found a friend in Hershel? Asked if they’ll become pals – of sorts – after sharing a moment over scripture in Episode 311, Scott Wilson, who plays Hershel, hinted Merle might not be unwelcome in his prison bed any longer.
“It was an interesting scene. I think it shows how multi-dimensional Merle is. A lot of people have been surprised by his finishing off a verse in The Bible and knowing chapter and verse,” Scott said. “He’s a very interesting, entertaining character. I think it’s just interesting how all of the characters are evolving and sometimes they bump into each other. But then, they’re still in this same mix and they’re still pulling for each other”
Source: Access Hollywood.
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AMC announced today that the cast and crew of “The Walking Dead“ return to Atlanta, Georgia on Monday, May 6th to begin production on season four.
AMC also confirms Scott M. Gimple as showrunner and executive producer for the series’ fourth season to premiere in October with 16 episodes. Gimple has been on the show’s writing staff since season two. Co-Executive Producer, Emmy Award-winning Special Effects Makeup Supervisor and Director Greg Nicotero and Producer Tom Luse have also been elevated to executive producers. “The Walking Dead” is based on the comic book series created and written by Robert Kirkman and published by Skybound, Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics. Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert continue to serve as executive producers for season four.
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“Scott has been an essential part of this show since he came aboard at the very beginning of season two. He’s contributed to guiding this show in a substantial way that has resulted in a lot of the key scenes and storylines fans have dubbed signature moments of ‘The Walking Dead,’” said Kirkman. “I am thrilled to begin work on a brand new season of ‘The Walking Dead’ with Scott at the helm, and I truly believe we could be embarking on what will be the best season of this show yet.”
“Scott’s voice has been an integral one since he joined the show. Greg Nicotero is a true artist whose work is simply brilliant. And, Tom Luse has really created the machine that allows this very large show to get made week to week. We congratulate all three in their new roles on the series and look forward to ramping up production on season four,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s EVP of original programming, production and digital content.
“I’m thrilled to continue the tradition of the spectacular, cinematic, horrifying, exciting and emotional storytelling of ‘The Walking Dead,’” said Gimple. “I’m a huge fan of the comics, and started with the show on the other side of the set, as an avid viewer. Over the past two years, it’s been an incredible privilege making such great television with the best cast and crew I’ve ever worked with – I can’t wait to make some more.”
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BEVERLY HILLS – It’s hard to complain about anything when the entire world appears to be suffering through a zombie apocalypse, but any viewer of “The Walking Dead” has to feel for series hero Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln). The former law enforcement officer awoke from a coma in season one to find Atlanta overrun by zombies. By season three his wife Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) has passed away giving birth to a child which likely isn’t his own. Add on the constant stress of zombie hordes and an ethically challenged “Governor” and it’s not surprising Rick’s gone a little off the deep end this season.
Lincoln spoke to HitFix before “The Walking Dead’s” PaleyFest Q&A Friday night in Beverly Hills. The 39-year-old actor warns viewers that Rick’s trauma is not something that’s going to magically disappear overnight.
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“I think he’s had a complete breakdown and I think he’s suffering from post-traumatic sleep disorder, grief,” Lincoln says. “And all of these things are playing on him and he’s just — the scene with Hershel. Hershel realizes as a doctor as a man of medicine that [Rick] needs to process. That’s the thing about the show. The show moves so quickly that people don’t have time catch up with the trauma of what’s happened to them. So, I think for the first time the audience is living the trauma with Rick and I think it takes time. Anybody who has lost anybody, I’m sure you know. It’s not an instant overnight fix. And certainly in this environment, this hell it’s even harder. And of course they are all have the added complication of [The Governor] trying to kill them.”
And as for the threat that any “Dead” character can fall victim to any number of dangerous forces in this alternate universe? Well, every job has it’s drawbacks. Recently, Rick had to relive Lori’s death once more with his seemingly departed co-star.
“It’s a tough damn show and the only downside about it is that you lose such great friends and such great actors,” Lincoln admits. “And interestingly, I witness her death, but then we had to do it again. In sort of my own mind, so it was really hard and painful and exactly what you see on the screen. No one really wants to leave the show.”
Source: Hit Fix.
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