[SPOILER ALERT: Read on only of you have already watched Sunday’s “Try” episode of The Walking Dead.]
Going on set as a reporter seems glamorous, but here’s the reality: It can also be super tedious. You sit and watch the same shot, filmed over and over, and then watch that same shot filmed over and over again from multiple other angles. What seemed cool the first time may not seem so cool the 30th. This isn’t a complaint, mind you, but rather an illustration of the reality of what most set visits are like. But occasionally you see something truly extraordinary. And I was fortunate enough to be on set last November for the filming of the big climactic fight scene between Rick and Pete that ended season 5’s penultimate episode and aired this evening. And I could have watched 100 more takes and been riveted every single time.
There is a reason fellow cast-members fawn over Andrew Lincoln. The commitment that guy brings not only to every scene, but every rehearsal when cameras are not even rolling, is truly stunning. I was honestly blown away by what I saw as Lincoln went full animal mode for this scene, bursting with physicality while teetering on an emotional ledge. And he stayed in that headspace all throughout filming, even in between takes and new camera set-ups. (Just ask Corey Brill, who plays Pete, and had to listen to Lincoln cursing into his ear just before cameras started rolling.) It was super impressive stuff (and yes, maybe a little bit scary).
I spoke with Lincoln after he filmed the intense sequence to get his take on how he prepares for such a scene, and our chat offers a pretty fascinating window into how the star of the highest-rated show on TV goes about his job.
EW: That was such a physically and emotionally charged scene. How do you get yourself ready for something like that?
ANDREW LINCOLN: It feels like the story’s been heading to this point for a few episodes. When I read the script I knew that there was a big thing that needed to be tackled with pretty much everything that I had—like you say, physically and emotionally. It’s amazing how playing this guy for five years now and also having relationships with a lot of the principal cast that go beyond the story—they’re very deep relationships with crew and cast. I mean you can feel it on set. It was funny because one of the new actresses whose joined us, she came up to me after the day and she said, “I haven’t been on a set like that. That’s a film set you’ve got going on because the crew are silent.” I think the crew is silent because they know that I’ve got to do my job, you what I mean? They know that there’s a big scene. In fact, that scene could have been, and we spoke about it, it could have been the season finale just because of what happened in the context of the story.
Can you offer any scoop on what Alexandria is like on The Walking Dead? — Kaelyn
It’s definitely a stark contrast to what they’ve been living with for the last few years. Alexandria seems a little too good to be true, which, of course, makes Rick very guarded. But he may find a new ally in town that could change his mind.
The major villain could be coming now that the AMC zombie drama has arrived in Alexandria.
[Warning: This story contains spoilers from The Walking Dead comic series.]
Two things could be coming soon to AMC’s The Walking Dead: sanctuary and a new dastardly villain.
During Sunday’s episode of the zombie drama, based on Robert Kirkman’s best-selling comic series, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his beleaguered group arrived at the gates of Alexandria — the longest-running location featured in the series.
With their arrival comes sanctuary — and the hope of a fresh start — as the survivors will be tasked with seeing if they’re still human enough to fit in with a new society of people who also have weathered the zombie outbreak. And for fans of the long-running comic series, it also warns of imminent danger with the potential arrival of villain Negan, who was first introduced in the landmark (and devastating) 100th issue of Kirkman’s Image/Skybound series.
For non-comic readers, Negan is the leader of a group known as The Saviors who uses fear and violence to control other colonies — including the Alexandria Safe-Zone. Negan has physically and mentally tortured the community outside Washington, D.C., where Rick and company lived for three years. After a bloody battle for the community with the Saviors, Negan captures Rick, Carl, Glenn, Maggie, Sophia, Michonne and Heath and takes control of Alexandria — at a price: one of their lives. (More on that heart-wrenching reveal here.)
Star Lincoln told The Hollywood Reporter after Sunday’s episode that Rick’s group will encounter “some intriguing people” as the series pushes into its Alexandria storyline. But could Negan be one of them?
The Walking Dead’s season five finale will be an extended 90-minute episode airing March 29 at 9 p.m., AMC announced Wednesday. In the finale, Daryl finds himself in trouble while out on the run. Meanwhile, in Alexandria, Rick and his group continue to feel like outsiders as danger lurks near the gates.
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