Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln claims second half of season 7 is “the opposite” of first half
The Walking Dead‘s Andrew Lincoln has promised an action-packed second half of season seven.
The first half of the season received criticism from fans at the end of last year its slow pace, as the characters spent hours of screentime reeling from the brutal actions of new villain Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and exploring new communities.
However, Andrew Lincoln – who portrays leading man Rick Grimes on the hit series – has promised that the upcoming second part of the season is nothing like the first.
He told Entertainment Weekly that the back half of the season was “probably the opposite of what you just witnessed”.
He continued: “Certainly from Rick’s point of view. You see a man in action again with some of the members of his closest family.”
Rick spent most of the first half of the season a broken man, traumatised by Negan’s brutal murders of Glenn and Abraham followed by his attempt to cut off Carl’s arm.
However, in a surprisingly heartwarming finale, Rick finally came to his senses after realising that submitting to Negan could not stop the horrors of the Saviour leader’s reign. He rejoined the rest of his group, now scattered in different colonies, with the promise of fighting once more.
And according to Lincoln, Rick is back and better than ever before.
Lincoln said: “There’s a lot more levity, if you can believe that, than you’ve ever seen before in Mr. Grimes.
“There’s sort of a freedom in him, a feeling that comes from losing everything, and also the thrill of the fight. It’s the thrill of the fight again. He’s back in. All I’m saying is that the band is back together.”
Lincoln added that the show “feels very much more like a show that I knew and recognised in the back eight” and that he “loved the episodes” he was in.