The Walking Dead has never been a series filled to the brim with hilarity, but last night’s episode was a particularly dark and sullen one, with several characters each trying to find a clear path through depression and mourning. Rick was arguably the most vocal about his feelings, and the epic speech he gave not only tied the series’ title into the show’s outlook on humanity, but it also served as an emotional catalyst for star Andrew Lincoln.
Rick’s speech was about his WWII veteran grandfather and how he dealt with his overseas hardships, and the moody monologue spoke to Lincoln in a way that went far beyond just post-apocalyptic fiction. Here’s how he explained his connection to the scripted words in an interview with EW.
It seems like kind of a weird point to bring up in the midst of a fight, but then I’m not trying to act like I know what Andrew Lincoln’s life has been like. Plus, this show’s dismal subject matter has often left the actors in dark places, and it obviously doesn’t all revolve around other characters meeting their makers.
The episode “Them,” which Lincoln has been eager for fans to see due to how comparable to Cormac McCarthy’s The Road it is, sees the group at one of its most dour points. The deaths of Beth and Tyreese still weigh heavy on everyone’s minds, and the grief is compounded by torturous traveling without an ample supply of food or water to keep the survivors going. Rick’s speech, which he gives as everyone is huddled in a rain-pelted barn, is actually one meant to inspire the group. Here’s how Rick compared his grandfather’s fatalistic attitude to his current state of mind.
A pretty powerful thought process to be sure, but one that Daryl doesn’t have time for, since he’s all human being. Luckily, the group will probably soon be finding a semblance of the humanity that they once knew, thanks to that mystery character at the end of the episode.
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