The beginning of season 7 of The Walking Dead has already been devastatingly brutal, and considering we’re only two episodes in, this season is bound to become even more brutal. Entertainment Weekly sat down with Andrew Lincoln, who portrays Rick Grimes, to see how the events so far will impact the group and the rest of the season.
Lincoln was asked what Rick was going to do from this point on, and if Negan had succeeded with making Rick submissive. He responded:
“My huge concern in this episode was to tell the story of a defiant man being turned into an obedient man due to grief and trauma. That’s why it plays around with time, because they wanted to start with a man saying, “I’m going to kill you one day,” and then end up with a man begging him, in fact even thanking him, for sparing his son’s arm. It’s Abraham and Isaac, isn’t it? That’s it. Negan is the omnipotent one. He shatters.”
He also shares that Rick will be changed forever, after the season premiere’s devastating events:
“…guilt is never very far from Rick Grimes’ shoulder. It comes with the package. He’s a man who takes his responsibilities very heavily, not lightly. And I think that makes him somebody that people want to fall in behind, or alongside. It’s also his strength, it’s also his weakness. This is shattering, what happened to him. I do think that it’s going to change who he is forevermore and through the end of the season.”
Finally, Lincoln was asked about how the people of Alexandria will react when Rick returns and reveals the new rules:
“All I will say is that this is a rocky road. It’s a shocking beginning to a season, but it is the beginning of a season. That’s what people have to remember. This is where we begin, after the quake. This season is about rebuilding and about characters dealing with the trauma and grief of this brutal attack, but also this new regime that they are now a part of. And each reacts in their own individual ways. It’s more Lord of the Rings than Lord of the Flies this season.”
What’s your opinion of this season of The Walking Dead and the brutalities that have come with it? Let us know in the comments or on our Twitter. The Walking Dead airs on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET on AMC