The greatest fear for every Walking Dead fan is the death of their favorite character. But what if you are that character?
Last night at the Egyptian Theater, Andrew Lincoln – who plays the main character Rick Grimes in AMC’s The Walking Dead – told the panel who were there for AMC’s Emmy push, he would set fire to his trailer if Rick ever died. He cited the death of the character Tyreese (played by Chad Coleman) during his speech to the panel moderated by Deadline’s Dominic Patten.
“It is inevitable that we’re all gonna get it at some point and the manner in which you deal with that is the mark of who you are. When I watched [Chad] in that episode, it was extraordinary. He gave an acting performance that was like a master class… And of course we’re all gonna get it, but there’s this culture on the show, and I think it’s unique, that as long as it serves the story, none of us mind… But don’t get me wrong, if they kill me off I’m gonna burn my trailer down.”
Also included at the panel were other Walking Dead actors Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon), Steven Yeun (Glenn Rhee), Danai Gurira (Michonne), Melissa McBride (Carol Peletier), Chad Coleman (Tyresse) and Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha). Joining them were the executive producers of The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple and Greg Nicotero.
While none of the actors wants their character killed off in The Walking Dead, part of that reason might come down to working with Andrew Lincoln. While he threatened to burn down his trailer, he has nothing but praise for his other Walking Dead cast mates. It is a favor they return, often gushing about how much they enjoyed working along side him. It seems Andrew has such an affinity for his fellow actors he will, at times, according to Scott Gimple, approach the producer when he knows a character has reached their expiration date on The Walking Dead.
“It really takes your breath away to see how the actors support each other. And of course, the ultimate compliment is that Andy will pull me aside and say ‘I don’t think we should kill him, he’s a really good actor.'”
Also broached at the panel was the use – or lack of use – of the zombie word in The Walking Dead. Robert Kirkman explained their reasoning for omitting the iconic word.
“We decided very early on that there’s a lot zombie fiction out there, there’s a lot of zombie movies, and that leads to a lot of questions. Why are these characters never going ‘oh yeah, you gotta shoot them in the head, because I saw that on Night of the Living Dead‘. And so we decided if we just strip that word out, and have this show set in a dimension where zombie movies just didn’t exist, it would kind of make things a little more believable.”
And now all Walking Dead fans have to do is wait until October to find out if Andrew Lincoln will be burning down his trailer any time soon.
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