When The Walking Dead returns this Sunday, the group of survivors will say their goodbyes to Carl, who was shockingly revealed to have been bitten by a walker in the mid-season finale. However, Andrew Lincoln says that even though Rick will be mourning the loss of his son, he did enjoy filming the second half of the season. “I got to play with a lot of the old guard,” Lincoln told Entertainment Weekly exclusively.
“I got to lean back in with Michonne, with Morgan, with Daryl, and it just felt that there was some interesting movement in the back eight episodes. And unexpected storytelling. I also got to hunt Negan with an ax, which is always great fun.”
He went on to say that the next eight episodes will be a “much more character-driven, psychologically challenging journey for Rick and what he’s standing for” as well as what’s in store for the survivors now that the Saviors seems to be on top again.
“It was like The Empire Strikes Back in that last episode. A lot of it now is about consolidating, licking their wounds, and trying to find some way to strike back and win the war. It’s a mad scramble. It’s a much more balanced second half. Rather than it just being one-way traffic, and then a retaliation in the last episode of eight, this is much more skirmish and guerilla warfare. For me, it was certainly the most emotional and challenging eight episode I’ve done in quite a while. There’s still the rallying of the troops and a war to be won, if indeed that’s the outcome.”
What are your predictions for the last episodes of the season? Do you think the survivors will suffer another loss? If so, who?
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