THE WALKING DEAD | SEASON 4 DVD GIVEAWAY & RICK GRIMES INTERVIEW

There is little I need to say about one of the most addictive shows on TV – this is a show in the league of BREAKING BAD and GAME OF THRONES (and for me TEEN WOLF :)). It is epic, it is zombies and if you are at this article you have seen it already, you have a pay TV subscription or you are a lawbreaker because NO ONE WAITS FOR THE WALKING DEAD! Now we can help you – you can OWN IT!!! You will want a Darryl tattoo and think Rick is a great man but high chances you want Carl to die (shame on you!). Michonne is a goddess warrior and Carrol has your back but DO NOT GET BIT or she will end you. I can just keep on going and going and going but that is not why you are here – we have an interview with Rick that I cannot take credit for – it was obtained for us from our good friends at eOneANZ (it should be noted that the cast rarely give interviews). eOneANZ are also giving us 3x copies of the entire season 4 on DVD to win – so please – destroy each other, trip your friends in front of zombies and win this amazing prize – WE HEART THE WALKING DEAD!!!! See down below on how to win and enjoy the interview – it’s a good one – oh and alllll the way down the bottom you can find the full length trailer for the upcoming season 5 – get excited – death and zombies and a lot of people that need a shower will be back soon!

 

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Andrew Lincoln interview – The Walking Dead, Season 4 by Lee Howard

It was a natural move for Rick Grimes, a sheriff before The Walking Dead apocalypse struck, to take over as leader of his band of survivors. He took leadership to a whole new level at the end of season 2, announcing, “This isn’t a democracy any more.”

But by the end of season 3, after the death of his wife Lori and other crucial losses to the group, Merle and Andrea, Rick was in no state to lead. He’d also taken his eye off the ball when it came to parenting. In last season’s finale, Carl (Chandler Riggs) shot a young fighter who was possibly about to put down his gun in surrender. What kind of people will the children of the apocalypse like his daughter Judith and son Carl grow up to be?

Posing this question, season 4 begins several months after the end of last season. Rick’s group is now sharing the prison with former Woodbury residents, including Tyreese (Chad Coleman) and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green). The prison has changed to accommodate the new arrivals with a makeshift canteen between prison blocks. Pots and pans hang from the rafters and nearby a garden and crops have been planted.

How long will this relative domestic bliss last when the show returns with the premiere, 30 Days Without an Accident? Zombies are gathering in greater numbers, rival groups of survivors hunting for food and supplies are out there and a mysterious threat has been hinted at for this season.

Everybody pitches in among the survivors and although Rick is no longer the leader he once was, Lincoln reveals that he has taken up a new job: farming. In fact, Rick is deep in the mud rearing pigs.

The Walking Dead is known for its well-kept secrets so that its shocks and surprises remain just that. So, the mysterious threat remains mysterious until the new season starts and Andrew Lincoln can only reveal so much. Will Rick step up, relax his farming duties and lead once more? “You know that my chair explodes if I answer a question like that!” laughs Lincoln, talking on The Walking Dead set just south of Atlanta, Georgia.

 

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Q: Has Rick improved his parenting skills this season? He’s created a monster in Carl!

AL: Yes, he has. (laughs) I like to think my parent skills have improved vastly this season. You have hit the nail on the head, certainly where we left the group last year, the death of Andrea and also the boy murdering another ‘child’ certainly brought him round. Those two factors were major in him actually opening the gates to Woodbury, and I think that he realized where he had been a lot of last season was a place that was obviously he had lost one of his main engines that drove him – his wife, in the apocalypse, and taking that away was like taking an appendage away, and he was out in the wilderness for a lot of last year. I think we find Rick in a completely different space. I think he has renounced leadership, he’s turned his back on the brutality of the world and he is putting his energies, his efforts into farming and his children, so I have got pigs this season!

Q: What is the message of this new season?
AL: I think this season probably could be summed up in a question and the question is, do we ever get to come back? Do we ever get to come back from the things that we have done, the things that we witnessed? Can we ever be the person we once were before this hell started? Can we ever love again? Can we live again? Can Rick be the father he once was to these children? Maybe he once wasn’t such a good dad; maybe this has improved his relationship with his son. And I think that overriding question filters in to all of the characters this season, is that, can we ever return?

Q: Return to mental recovery as well, because season three was about trying not to lose your mind really.
AL: I think so. I think he was struck by grief and I think that put him out in orbit, and I think he was lost for a lot of episodes.

Q: After Rick’s wife Lori died he had visions of her. Have the visions of Lori stopped this season?
AL: Yeah, I have visions of crops growing and (laughs), and healthy pigs. That’s what we do.

Q: What are the new threats this season to Rick and his group? Is the Governor still a threat?
AL: I think that the threat obviously is that we have been in a relatively safe place and we have been for a while, we don’t know what happened to the Governor. For all intents and purposes he could be a threat. I have heard that he has been around (laughs). But, there is something that the writer’s room has done that is very interesting, which puts an enormous pressure on the group from the outside, but also it’s a divisive threat that splits the group dynamic as well.

Q: Who does the dirty work now that Merle is no longer alive?
AL: Many, many people.

Q: How do the new characters affect things?
AL: Just that the group dynamic is radically different than anything you have seen so far.

Q: You said renounced leadership but does he step up and take control again?
AL: You know that my chair explodes if I answer a question like that! (laughs)

Q: What about his relationship with Michonne? She forgave him at the end of season 2. Is that going to be explored in a different way?
AL: Forgave him for what?

Q: For nearly sacrificing her to the Governor but then he changed his mind.
AL: She doesn’t know that. I didn’t tell her that and I trust my family not to disclose secrets!

 

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Q: Would you like Rick to be darker, more of an anti-hero? There are some great ones on TV these days, in Breaking Bad, for example. Rick has so many flaws, but he is a good guy…

AL: Yeah, I think it’s a very good point. I think that there is such a cynicism, there seems to be such an interest in anti-heroes. The anti-hero thing is interesting, there is something incredibly compelling about two sides to a coin, isn’t there? To see someone’s modus operandi and actually what they are presenting to the world, that’s really exciting to play as an actor. I think, certainly last season Rick found a darkness within himself that scared him and probably scared a lot of the family, the family unit. But I do think he is a good guy, and he is driven and maybe the world is ready for some heroes again. Something I have always enjoyed about the show, there is an honesty to it; you pull away all the gizmos and the electrics and you are confronted with human beings talking to one another without any artifice and I think you get a real sense of who the human being is and what drives them when their life is threatened or the lives of those around them are threatened.

Q: Talking of gadgets, you have a phone there but it’s not a Smartphone! [Lincoln has a basic flip phone on the table in front of him]
AL: This is the technology that I am currently using, and it doesn’t even work. This is the phone they give me out here. (laughs) I was talking to a First AD (Assistant Director) about technology and I suppose I am making a conscious decision not to do this, because I am playing an apocalyptic cowboy. They other day, (laughs), my publicist asked me, “Could you cut and paste something?” And I said, “Forgive me, that’s nowhere near my skill set.” I said I can forward something or I can reply to an email, but that’s about it.

Q: I’m imagining you with some scissors and glue, cutting and pasting!
AL: Cut and paste… yeah! I do that with my daughter! So they got the right guy for the job.

Q: The show gets people back to basics without the gadgets, people surviving on just their wits and skills.
AL: Yes, you can distil humanity in this show, because you pull away all the distractions. And actually the moments I love to play in this show are the simple moments when you don’t have that conflict, when you try to hold onto that normalcy of everyday life. That’s brave. Brave is not stabbing somebody, or shooting somebody. Brave is actually trying to do right for your child, or being selfless. This is an incredibly brave thing that Rick is doing. It may be construed as foolhardy, because he is a good leader despite some of the decision-making. People fall behind this guy, but he is willing to sacrifice leadership and the brutality of the world, and being a very vital cog in that machine for the sake of his children.

 

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Q: One of the most compelling things the show gets to ask: what about the kids? You have the kids that grow up in this world who are much more vulnerable and you’re shaping their values.

AL: Because they don’t have anything to anchor, they have no history to anchor themselves to, and I think in some ways that is liberating to them, and in other ways it is terrifying, morally.

Q: Does this make you think about yourself as a dad as well?
AL: Of course it does. That was one of the great attractions to this show, was the fact that I wasn’t the man with no name. I was the father and a husband, and those were his motivational forces in this show. Not because he was badass, or anything as superficial as that but the fact that he was a dad and a husband and that’s what gave him fortitude and strength to keep going. You have hit the nail on the head, the journey between the father and the son and the daughter this season is for me, the most captivating area that we are exploring – and I can’t say anymore, I am sorry. But, it is exactly that. That is the stuff that I am interested in, and I think we explore it.

Q: There are now a few apocalyptic shows. Obviously, you set yourself apart from other shows by asking all of these interesting questions. But can you make sense of why post-apocalyptic scenarios are so fascinating to people?
AL: I don’t know, I wish I knew. A lot of people always ask about the show’s success and I think it’s chance. I am one of these people that believes sometimes you capture something that people just want to see, and it strikes a chord in people’s hearts and minds.

Q: Why is that, do you think?
AL: Well, I like the fact that it’s like a Trojan Horse. We come in under the guise of a zombie show, and hopefully we make you cry, because of a character losing somebody, or you feel an engagement with a character that you wouldn’t otherwise imagine you would be doing watching a zombie show. When I phoned up my agent and said, “It’s a zombie survival horror, are you aware of this fact?” (laughs), and they said, “Yes, trust us, it’s AMC…” And I said, really (incredulously), this is after 18 years of acting, it’s time for zombies? They said, trust us, it is AMC. I looked at the credentials of the people involved in it and they said Frank Darabont, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero – these are practitioners at the height of their game, so I had to take it seriously, and I read the script, and when I read the script I realized that it was when sci-fi and fantasy are good, they can be cautionary tales, they can say something hopefully a little bit bigger about the human condition that you otherwise don’t get to do in a law show, or a cop show. Hopefully, if the storytelling is good, and the acting is good, and the production values are good, you can sometimes make people watch something and reflect upon their own existence by watching it, and that’s how it was explained to me. They said we are trying to make a Lord of the Flies…

 

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Q: It’s part of the zeitgeist, the show launched during the recession, after a period of people living on credit, having too much stuff, which some lost…

AL: Pick your apocalypse, what do you want? Do you want a religious one? Do you want an economic one? Do you want a social apocalypse? A financial one? I was reading a very interesting book about apocalyptic thinking in modern American recently and it says, ever since you can track it back to the Millennium Bug (1999), that was the first time people started to go, “oh, it’s all going to end!” and they did a pretty good job of rectifying that. But suddenly it catches fire. Maybe the apocalypse [trend] is the same sort of thing.

Q: Do you ever find yourself fantasizing about how you would fare in a situation like this? Not so much as a leader but more along the spectrum between Merle and the Governor believing: kill or be killed, or Andrea who just wanted to try to save everybody?
AL: Yeah, that’s interesting, that’s the area I like exploring in the show, the fact is, do you choose morality or pragmatism? It’s those two things, isn’t it? And it is never that simple, it is never one or the other, and a lot of military people come up to me and they seem to watch the show and they enjoy this show and it was explained to me by one of the guys I had a flight with the other day, and he said, “The thing I love about your show is that it is a combat scenario you play out.” They are impossible decisions that you have to make. That’s why I think a lot of people respond to it because they go yeah, in a firefight or in a battle you make instantaneous decisions and some of them are great, and some of them are blurred, but they are still valid decisions in that moment. It’s that question: who are you? You don’t know how you will react until something terribly bad happens to you. Or shocking, you do not know what kind of a human being you are. And everybody wishes, I mean damn, I wish I could be Rick, because in spite of everything he is willing to put himself in the firing line. I am not sure that’s me, that’s why I get to pretend to be him.

Q: You play a man who goes through so many permutations of his own character and so you play different aspects of humanity. Does that actually take shape in your own life as well or is it an illusion, all make believe?
AL: I think we all pretend. My brother is a teacher and his job is to educate these young people, and he says he does more acting that me every on an average day. Think about it, we present whatever we choose to, to the world, so that is the fascination to me. I get to do it for a sort of living, it’s dressed up as acting, but actually what I am doing is, I can’t pretend to access parts of myself that don’t exist. That way madness lies…maybe I am (laughs) a little off the wall, but I think every aspect of this character is somehow informed by my imagination, or me, or the same thing. But I agree with you, sometimes you carry bits of it home and sometimes they stay with you for a while. My wife banned me from watching relatively disturbing movies halfway through last season, because I couldn’t sleep. She said, “You are not sleeping. Stop watching these things that are kind of generating a kind of madness.” So I suppose there is a point where you have to turn off, but that’s the fun of it as well. You get to see who you are sometimes.

Q: Before this show, people knew you from Love Actually…
AL: There’s not many zombies in that show, huh? (laughs)

 

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Q: If you compare yourself as an actor when you did that movie, to the guy, the actor you are now, have you changed in anyway? Has this show changed you in anyway?

AL: I hope every job that I take on changes me, or I learn something as an actor. That’s the fun of it really, that you get to work with all different ages and experiences and I think that I love working with younger actors that come in as well, because they bring a new perspective, as well as working with Scott Wilson (Hershel Greene), who has 51 years in this business and one of the great practitioners and craftsmen that I have ever had the good fortune of working with. So there is no point in exploring a new person unless you hopefully explore areas of yourself.

Q: What is different from Andrew Lincoln in Love Actually, and the actor that you are today? They way you see it yourself?
AL: I am a lot greyer! I have got more wrinkles. (laughs) I think this show, and the nature of leading a show, or being the busiest person in a show, puts another responsibility and a pressure on, which you don’t have in an ensemble film like Love Actually. I think that, certainly, playing a part for four years is completely different than doing a film role which has a beginning, middle and end, hopefully, this is like a marathon, this is the long game, and hopefully what happens is you get to look at different parts of the person and play different parts of this person, and explore different areas of this person over – unless I get bitten – a longish space of time. I have never lived with any character for over four years.

Q: You have done four seasons of the show now and the cast and crew are close. Did they throw you a 40th birthday party in September?
AL: You know, I was home for that. Thank you for asking. It was very sweet. Last year, I was on set and we were filming in Griffin (Georgia). We were doing Lennie’s (Lennie James) episode called Clear, and on my birthday he delivered that extraordinary performance where (his character) Morgan had been, and I said, “That’s the best birthday present I could have wished for!” Front row seats for some amazing acting. When I walked outside, some fans were outside on the train tracks and they all started singing happy birthday. It was so moving.

Q: And this year you had time off and you went home?
AL: It was my daughter’s birthday actually, I flew home for her 6th birthday. She’s hijacked my birthday for the rest of my life, she’s a few days before mine.

Q: You were working in Britain before and then you were transplanted from rainy London to the South and the hot summers in Georgia to shoot The Walking Dead. This year has more like a British summer in Georgia: lots of rain!
AL: We relish this kind of summer, filming The Walking Dead. Obviously we have had to have cover sets, but it has been a lot cooler. It hasn’t been as intense this summer, so we will take that any day of the week!

Q: But it’s brought out all the insects and you have palmetto bugs flying around, apparently.
AL: There has been a lot more bites. I had some tick incidents, and especially hanging around a lot of pigs. They attract… have ticks on them. I had a day when I was up close and personal with a lot of pigs and no one sat next to me on set, because I stank to high heaven! And I had a crowd of flies around my crotch for most of that, I looked like Pig-Pen (dirty character from Peanuts comic strip). And I got home after this ridiculous day full of blood and pig poo, and got in the shower and just to top it all off, I had the biggest tick in my chest that I had to pull out and it was just like – eww… that’s my life!

 

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Q: You really are into farming this season!

AL: You know what, we moved out of London, and we have a farm, and I have been planting trees back in England.

Q: Because of the series?
AL: No, they just thought, oh well, he is a Method actor, just get him farming (joking), that’s what he has been doing! (laughs)

Q: It’s the longest show in your career so far, as you said…
AL: Yeah, it is. I did two years, full contract on This Life, and Teachers and another show Afterlife and then I did a couple more episodes in season 3 of Teachers, but I directed as well.

Q: With a lot of characters dying, does death cross your mind and the show coming to an end for you?
AL: Yeah, it does. For everybody.

Q: You’re pretty safe though. You and Norman Reedus are the safest on the show.
AL: What makes you say that?

Q: Because you are the lead and you guys are so popular…
AL: You ask, what is the attraction of this show? And I think one of the great attractions is that, certainly, I have seen movies recently that are exciting, action-packed movies and fantasy movies, but you feel no jeopardy for the characters. You look at it and you go, they are all going to be safe. But for this show, they built a very, very smart device, which, hopefully, keeps people on the edge of their seat and, hopefully, routing for the character that they love in this show, because we do kill them off. Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead writer) set the precedent in this graphic novel, he said, “Nobody, absolutely nobody can be safe in this world,” and I tend to agree. I am one of those people that says, if my time is up, and it serves the story, so be it. Let’s tell the best story we can tell for the sake of the fans.

 

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