Andrew Lincoln Discusses His Reaction To S7 ‘Walking Dead’ Premiere

The wait is almost over Walking Dead fans. Audiences were left on a massive cliffhanger during the season six finale.  The finale found many of our Dead characters finally interacting face-to-face with Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and not everyone will be coming out alive.

Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) recently discussed his reaction to the season seven premiere. After reading the opening script for season seven, Lincoln was faced with an incredible acting challenge.

“I didn’t fully take on board how hard it was going to be until the read through, and then it was…We’re going to have to do this. We’re going to have to do this episode. It’s one thing reading a script. Then there’s actually having to do it. You get a sense of the summit you have to climb.”

Lincoln added that saying goodbye to anyone on the set is extremely difficult.

“It’s the greatest television job I’ve had in my career, and it’s also the hardest because you know you’re saying farewell. It’s unique in that way. It’s one of the excitements in that it keeps evolving. It has to by definition. We’re telling a story, and the story has to move forward.”

Entertainment Weekly, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman talked about how the show is expanding with the addition of Negan and the new locations. Here’s what he told the site:

“I mean, the word is epic. The show is expanding. We’re introducing the Kingdom, we already have the Hilltop, we’re going to be exploring more of the Saviors and the Sanctuary that they live in and more of what goes on around Negan, what his average daily life is, which is extremely interesting.”

Kirkman then added that season seven will also explore some of the groups that have been around as long as Rick and his crew, so it will be interesting to see what’s going to happen once they cross paths with the ones they haven’t met yet:

“What we’re finding is there’s a lot of civilization out there. There are smaller groups here and there that actually have been thriving and it gets to be a little exciting because we’re going to be seeing how they’ve been surviving, and a lot of them have been getting by in a much different way than Rick and his group. So we’re meeting these people that have lived in this apocalyptic situation for as long as Rick Grimes and his crew, who we’ve been following since day one, but we haven’t seen their evolution and their progression. And so some of them grow to be like Negan’s group, some of them grow to be like Ezekiel’s group, some of them grow to be like Gregory’s group at the Hilltop, and the differences between these groups, and their ways of life, is going to be a lot of fun to explore this season.”

What do you guys think? Are you excited for the seventh season of The Walking Dead? As always, be sure to sound-off your thoughts in the comment section down below.

The Walking Dead will return on Sunday, October 23 at 9/8c on AMC.



Chelsea Lewis

Chelsea Lewis

Chelsea Lewis, TV division, joined Heroic Hollywood in 2016. Prior to joining the team at Heroic, she worked for covering everything from music to...