A dead­set gen­er­a­tion-crosser

Stars are puz­zled by its ap­peal, write and

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FTER two sea­sons of zom­bie drama The Walk­ing Dead, Chan­dler Riggs’ char­ac­ter Carl Grimes was ready to shake off be­ing ‘‘the sher­iff’s kid’’ and show view­ers what he was made of.

That in­cluded tak­ing the sher­iff’s hat his fa­ther Rick (An­drew Lin­coln) wore and claim­ing it as his own.

‘‘It shows that I’m grown up, it’s some­thing to part me from sea­son one, when I’m a lit­tle kid,’’ the 13-year-old ac­tor says dur­ing a set visit in Los Angeles to dis­cuss sea­son three, be­ing fast-tracked to Aus­tralia on FX.

De­spite the re­al­ism the ac­tors en­counter ev­ery day on set (the ef­fects team re­cently won an Emmy for Best Pros­thet­ics) Riggs says it takes a lot to hor­rify him.

‘‘I play a lot of zom­bie-killing video games . . . there’s a lot of de­cap­i­ta­tions in games like that so I’m kind of used to it.’’

The apoc­a­lyp­tic drama, based on a se­ries of graphic nov­els, has a broad ap­peal in Aus­tralia and the US, which puz­zles some of the adult cast.

‘‘This is some­thing cross-gen­er­a­tional, which is unique, that I’m kind of per­plexed about, ev­ery­body watches it,’’ Lin­coln says.

It cer­tainly sur­prised Sarah Wayne Cal­lies, who plays Lori, Lin­coln’s on­screen wife.

‘‘I thought this was go­ing to be a re­ally great cult hit that maybe if we were lucky a mil­lion peo­ple would watch and we could be proud of it,’’ she says.

Lau­rie Holden, who plays An­drea, says the gen­er­a­tional spread of view­ers is un­usual.

‘‘I’m al­ways amazed when I come across older peo­ple, el­derly peo­ple, who say, ‘I love your lit­tle spit­fire char­ac­ter’.’’

Sea­son two ended with the group who’d come to­gether los­ing touch with An­drea, one of its core mem­bers.

Holden says it’s dif­fi­cult for her char­ac­ter be­cause An­drea doesn’t know if the group went off with­out her or tried to search for her.

‘‘That was her fam­ily, she had a lot of love for them and I think she’s also con­cerned for them and hope they made it out OK,’’ she says.

All the cast are tight-lipped about where the story’s go­ing but the small band of sur­vivors that are still to­gether are headed to­wards an un­likely but prac­ti­cal safe house – a prison.

Lin­coln loves the fact that Rick calls it home.

‘‘He’s a good leader in that he is con­tin­u­ally try­ing to look to the hori­zon and I think he re­alises that this could po­ten­tially be the an­swer.’’

But while the prison might be safe, Steven Yeun (Glenn) says it’s not the most com­fort­able of sur­round­ings.

‘‘It’s mis­er­able, cold and claus­tro­pho­bic – it’s gnarly,’’ he says.

Yeun is en­joy­ing the re­la­tion­ship Glenn is de­vel­op­ing with Mag­gie (Lauren Co­han), but says it’s hard for the two to get lovey-dovey in their sit­u­a­tion.

‘‘You not only have to deal with the tra­vails of be­ing in a re­la­tion­ship, but you also have to worry about the rats, and liv­ing and eat­ing and very ba­sic things.’’

So how would the cast them­selves re­act to the zom­bie apoc­a­lypse?

‘‘I would be ter­ri­ble . . . I’mnot very prac­ti­cal. I can cook,’’ says Lin­coln. ‘‘Zom­bies ter­rify me,’’ Cal­lies says. ‘‘I might just drop dead of a heart at­tack the first time I saw one. Holden thinks she would do bet­ter. ‘‘I’ve learnt some things from An­drea. I cer­tainly know how to fire a gun.’’

7.30pm, FX.

Tuesdays,

An­drew Lin­coln, Madi­son Lintz, Melissa Suzanne McBride, Sarah Wayne Cal­lies, Chan­dler Riggs, Robert Sin­gle­ton, Steven Yeun, Lau­rie Holden Jef­frey DeMunn, Nor­man Ree­dus and Jon Bern­thal.

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