Spoiler warning! Don’t read on if you’re not completely caught up with ‘The Walking Dead‘.
Ready? Don’t say we didn’t warn you. During last night’s episode, audiences were treated to the revelation that Judith isn’t actually Rick’s daughter. She’s Shane’s. Andrew Lincoln explained to Entertainment Weekly the quiet heroism behind Rick’s decision to keep this secret to himself.
“It’s one of those watershed moments that happens, certainly between the two lovers, between Michonne and Rick, that brings them together. It’s a very important moment in understanding his psyche and going, “This is what I’ve been doing for the last two years. I’ve accepted the situation and I will accept the situation if it’s going to save lives and if it’s going to protect the people I love. I will take it.” It’s another perfect kind of quiet heroism. You know, he’s a stepdad and it doesn’t stop him loving his child, but he kind of has accepted that it’s not his.”
He also looked back on when he told Jon Bernthal, who played Shane in the first two seasons, the secret of Judith’s true parentage on the show.
“I told Jon Bernthal [who played Shane] that, in the pool with his kids — I hadn’t seen him for a while — I said, “Dude, you’re never going to believe this,” and he was like, “Oh, my God, no. What?” It was hilarious because he was like, “No. What… you… really? Really?” And he took it all so perfect. It was so Jon. It was beautiful because it was almost like he wanted to replay his scene again.”
What do you think about Rick’s “quiet heroism”? It certainly shows that the writers are fully developing his character in a way we haven’t seen this far. It looks like Negan really is breaking him down.
‘The Walking Dead‘ airs on Sundays at 9PM on AMC.
Source: Entertainment Weekly