For the past eight seasons, cast members of The Walking Dead both past and present have spoken of “the last supper” dinners they all share when an actor is being killed off the show. It’s a way for everyone to get together and say goodbye to their fallen comrade before they take off on a new adventure, but the question is, how did they say goodbye to the one actor they never thought they’d have to – Andrew Lincoln? While speaking with Comicbook.com Cooper Andrews, who plays the lovable Jerry on the show, revealed whether or not Andy got his own “Death Dinner”.
Perhaps they were imitating Negan?
We can’t imagine how hard it must have been for everyone to say goodbye to their fearless leader, who will wrap up his turn as Rick Grimes midway through season 9, but for Andrews, his relationship with Andy goes way beyond working together in front of the camera. He actually worked on the crew as a boom pole operator before moving into the acting realm, so he was able to experience working with him from both sides.
Throughout the thousands of interviews and conventions The Walking Dead cast has participated in, it’s clear just how much of a Superman Lincoln is viewed as on set. From Austin Nichols’ touching letter describing the pure dedication and heart he put into every scene, to new cast members always saying he was the first one to welcome them on set, Lincoln has left behind a legacy they’re all hoping to carry on as the show continues without him.
While no one knows just yet how Rick Grimes will leave the show, we are wishing that he leaves on his own accord and isn’t killed off. Even though his family on the show wouldn’t be able to throw him a pool party per se, we do hope that they would all get the chance to say goodbye and see him off much like the cast in real life.
The Walking Dead will return for season 9 on Sunday, October 7th on AMC.