The star of AMC’s zombie drama says the remainder of the season will explore if the survivors can integrate with a new society.
[Warning: This story contains spoilers from episode 511, “The Distance,” of AMC’s The Walking Dead.]
AMC’s The Walking Dead arrived at the gates of a key location from its comic book counterpart during Sunday’s episode, but the path to get there wasn’t as easy as Rick and company would have expected.
After being introduced to Aaron (played by new series regular Ross Marquand), the Alexandria recruiter gets quite a welcome from Rick — who punches him in the face and insists the group properly vet the newcomer after the horrors they’ve encountered with Woodbury and Terminus.
Ultimately, the idea of a sanctuary that Aaron offers to the beleaguered and defeated group becomes something nearly everyone is on board to see for themselves — creating a clash between the increasingly cautious Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne (Danai Gurira), the most outspoken of the group.
They wind up agreeing to a compromise that, after a brutal walker drive-through, leads them to reunite Aaron with his boyfriend, Eric (played by newcomer Jordan Woods-Robinson) and to the gates of Alexandria, the longest-running location in the comic series that the AMC zombie drama is based on. There, Rick’s stance seems to soften as viewers see Lincoln’s ex-sheriff hear the sound of children safely playing for the first time in years.
The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Lincoln to get inside Rick’s head, preview what to expect from Alexandria and the characters viewers may encounter going forward.
Why was Rick so hesitant to trust Aaron? What was his worst fear after his experiences at Woodbury and Terminus?
I think you find a man who just had two of his closest friends die because of calls that weren’t made by him. He’s on hyper alert and hyper vigilant at this time because of Terminus and all of the people he’s met since the prison have either been dangerous, organized or brutal people or a combination of all three. On the back of [the deaths of] Tyreese (Chad L. Coleman) and Beth (Emily Kinney), Rick is almost borderline neurotic and a control freak as a result. He’s absolutely adamant that the group not lose anybody else. They’re relying on him but Carol says, “You were wrong but you were right,” and that is what is necessary now a days in this new world.
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