The Walk­ing Dead ED­I­TOR’S CHOICE

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As the zom­bie drama re­turns, Rick Grimes (An­drew Lin­coln) is try­ing to build bridges be­tween ri­val fac­tions.

The walk­ing dead

mon­day, FOX Hd, 9pm

SO, IT’S OF­FI­CIAL. Af­ter eight sea­sons of play­ing every­body’s favourite apoc­a­lypse sur­vivor Rick Grimes, British ac­tor An­drew Lin­coln is pre­par­ing to de­part The Walk­ing

Dead dur­ing the new se­ries on FOX. Lin­coln’s de­ci­sion to leave the show was leaked to the me­dia over Sum­mer, and he says his only re­gret is that the news has ru­ined the sur­prise exit for the zom­bie drama’s le­gions of fans.

‘The Walk­ing Dead has been so much a part of my life. I’ve breathed it for 10 years,’ he says. ‘I still re­gret that the story broke, be­cause I be­lieve the new sea­son would have been even greater if it wasn’t spoiled to a de­gree.’

How and when Rick bows out from the Alexan­dria homestead re­mains to be seen (see the panel on the right for our guesses), but the 45-year-old star in­sists he doesn’t want the at­ten­tion to over­shadow the new se­ries.

‘What we have in store this sea­son is truly re­mark­able, and I’m very proud of the work that we’ve done,’ he says. ‘This has al­ways been an ensem­ble, and it will con­tinue to be an ensem­ble. No one is big­ger than the story, and the story this year is un­be­liev­able.’

When we last saw Rick, he had fi­nally suc­ceeded in cap­tur­ing arch en­emy

Ne­gan (Jef­frey Dean

Mor­gan) af­ter a fe­ro­cious bat­tle be­tween Rick’s band of sur­vivors and Ne­gan’s ruth­less gang, the Sav­iors.

As we re­join the show, two years have passed and

Rick is try­ing to build bridges be­tween the ri­val fac­tions while

Ne­gan re­mains im­pris­oned.

‘It’s a dif­fer­ent

Ne­gan,’ ex­plains

AN­DREW LIN­COLN gets set to leave The Walk­ing

Dead – as the sur­vivors face a new threat

Mor­gan. ‘He’s in a predica­ment and he’s hav­ing to face some stuff both in­ter­nally and out­side that he hasn’t had to deal with be­fore. He’s try­ing not to go crazy.’

The new se­ries also sees Rick, Maggie (Lau­ren Co­han) and Jadis (Pollyanna Mcin­tosh) lead a run to a dec­i­mated Wash­ing­ton DC, brav­ing even more walk­ers, as they con­tinue to look for fuel and sup­plies.

‘We’re see­ing that na­ture is tak­ing over,’ re­veals the show’s new showrun­ner An­gela Kang. ‘Man-made struc­tures are fall­ing down and that pro­vides chal­lenges to the group, and we also see how in­trepid they are in deal­ing with th­ese new chal­lenges. We will see some sur­vivors try­ing to re­build civil­i­sa­tion and grap­ple with what that re­ally means.’

One of the big­gest threats to the sur­vivors’ fu­ture comes from a no­madic group, the Whisperers, who dis­guise them­selves in zom­bie flesh – a tac­tic that al­lows them to move among the un­dead and am­bush the liv­ing. British ac­tress Saman­tha Mor­ton has been cast as the vi­cious leader of the Whisperers, Al­pha.

‘It’s a new chap­ter of the story,’ con­tin­ues Kang. ‘And this be­ing

The Walk­ing Dead, there’s still dan­ger at ev­ery turn.’


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