FIGHT TO THE FIN­ISH

Who will emerge vic­to­ri­ous in the ex­plo­sive show­down?

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EVER SINCE Rick Grimes and his band of sur­vivors came up against ruth­less ri­vals the Sav­iors way back in sea­son six, the two groups have waged a bru­tal and mer­ci­less war against each other.

This week, it looks like one side will fi­nally emerge vic­to­ri­ous when sea­son eight reaches a dra­matic con­clu­sion.

Ac­cord­ing to An­drew Lin­coln, who plays Rick, the episode prom­ises to re­solve mat­ters once and for all, while also plant­ing seeds for what comes next.

‘This episode does feel like it com­pletes some­thing,’ says Lin­coln. ‘but it also feels that it of­fers a lot of in­ter­est­ing story arcs for the fu­ture, which is quite un­usual. It’s a smor­gas­bord. You’ve got ev­ery­thing in this one.’

THE SCENE IS SET

Lin­coln won’t re­veal any more de­tails, but hints that the show­down doesn’t come at any of the show’s usual lo­ca­tions, like the Sanc­tu­ary or the Hill­top. ‘The lo­ca­tion we shot at was phe­nom­e­nal and un­usual,’ says the 44-year-old. ‘i hope that it’s go­ing to look as good on screen as it felt when we were shoot­ing there. It’s quite an un­usual struc­ture, but it’s very emo­tional and epic.’

The sec­ond half of this sea­son has taken a huge emo­tional toll on Rick fol­low­ing the death of his son, Carl, and in re­cent episodes we saw Rick and Ne­gan, leader of the Sav­iors, show dif­fer­ent sides of their char­ac­ters.

MORE TWISTS

While good guy Rick mas­sa­cred a group of Sav­iors af­ter promis­ing them that he wouldn’t, the ruth­less and sadis­tic Ne­gan showed his vul­ner­a­ble side when he was briefly cap­tured by Jadis.

‘There have been lots of good­byes this sea­son,’ says Lin­coln. ‘And there are still some twists and turns that we have to nav­i­gate.’

One of them is the de­par­ture of Len­nie James. The Bri­tish ac­tor, who plays Mor­gan, will be cross­ing over to sis­ter show

Fear the Walk­ing Dead fol­low­ing Monday’s fi­nale.

How­ever, Lin­coln be­lieves it won’t be the last time that Rick and Mor­gan join forces.

‘I think that they have an in­tense habit of find­ing each other,’ he says.‘it’s al­ways been that way with them.’

LENNIE JAMES AND AN­DREW LIN­COLN AS MOR­GAN AND RICK

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