“Me and Jon Bernthal (Shane Walsh) on that road, doing the car block. Jon’s knee was busted so I had to drive him around Atlanta and I kept driving on the left-hand side of the road,” joked actor Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) about his first day on set.
The scene came straight out of Robert Kirkman’s comic book. Two Georgia Sheriffs created a car block (roadblock) with their vehicle. Then, a criminal came up and eventually shot Rick Grimes.
This led to Rick Grimes being in the hospital and awakening to an apocalypse.
Andrew Lincoln Frightened Jon Bernthal On Set
“Then I have to get in a car with him. We had to drive it 80 miles per hour and then stop abruptly. We shot that whole day and we looked like we were in a monsoon, because it’s Atlanta in the mid-summer,” said Andrew Lincoln at San Diego Comic-Con 2017.
“They said forget the makeup on this show…” he laughed. Ever since the first day, Andrew Lincoln has been forced to work in weather that often feels over 100 degrees. The Georgia heat is no joke.
Plus, he has to switch hatchets, run through the woods, and swim through old ponds and rivers. But he wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.
Creating 100 Episodes Of Zombie Chaos
“It’s very moving to hear 100 episodes. This has been the most incredible thing in my life. It’s been the most incredible experience,” added Andrew Lincoln. After eight seasons, he and the rest of the cast hit 100 episodes (now 107 in total).
Over the years, Rick Grimes has changed from a father and a Sheriff to a killer and a leader. This dynamic has allowed for the actor to change and grow over time, which is unusual for many shows on the air this long.
Generally speaking, the only real comparisons for long-term dramas are procedural, like Law & Order. Procedural means that every episode is basically its own story, so there’s no need to catch up. The Walking Dead is a serialized drama.
Therefore, the show changes and moves over time. Some of the best examples of serialized dramas include The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and The Wire. The problem today is keeping audiences interested in the show.
Unlike the four shows mentioned above, social media and fan interaction is so heavily involved that the show can actually change to fit the audience. At this point, no one knows what’s next but Lincoln is thrilled to be on the show.
Are you all caught up with The Walking Dead and ready for Season 8B?