According to a new report, Andrew Lincoln, formerly the star of The Walking Dead as Rick Grimes, will be coming back on the set, but not for a cameo as his old character. Andrew, 45, who portrayed the lead since the very first season, revealed he was leaving the show over the summer.
Reportedly, Mr. Lincoln will be back on the set in Georgia to direct his very own episode. During a chat with reporters from Entertainment Weekly, the star said, “I’m going back.”
The 45-year-old small-screen star said he will “shadow a director,” and he intends on directing sometime next year. There’s no question Mr. Lincoln is fully capable of sitting in the director’s chair, considering he’s been on the set since the very beginning of The Walking Dead.
Andrew, in the same interview, said he is very “invested” in it, and cares a lot about the continuity of the narrative. He added, “I can’t be that far away from it, I can’t bear it.”
The Walking Dead is arguably the most popular survival horror TV series since Zombie-Nation first began in the late 2000’s. Since the show began in September of 2010, TWD has turned into a franchise of its own, sparking several spin-offs.
In the beginning, critics loved it, but as the series progressed, the reviews became more mixed. Regardless, fans loved the way in which Rick’s character developed through its time on the air.
In the beginning, Rick was more benevolent, almost to the point of naivety. Eventually, he had to take out his best friend, Shane Walsh, because Walsh believed Rick was weak and unable to grasp the evil of human nature. However, later on, Rick slowly became Shane in both outlook and action.
Another star of the show to receive critical acclaim on account of character development is Carole Peletier, played by Melissa McBride. Initially, her character was a victim of abuse, but slowly became one of the most fierce characters on the show.