One of the key players in ‘The Walking Dead’ comics and AMC live-action series is Rick Grimes and with Andrew Lincoln preparing to leave the show, many wonder how it can continue. The actor himself feels that the show will “continue to be great” without him and that it will spur things on to new heights. Of course, with the current ratings dips it will take a miracle to bring back the rapidly declining viewer levels, and it is hard to imagine that losing one of the show’s most recognizable characters will help this endeavor.
That being said, Lincoln feels that in actually leaving the series he’ll be helping it:
“There’s something beautiful in the original DNA of the show in that it is all about change. The show will live on, and it will continue to be great.”
As to why he feels this way he references another cast member leaving:
“We knew it was happening when Lennie left for the other show, and it was brilliant.”
Ratings might prove that untrue in that instance either. Still, Lincoln is convinced that this will help the show in the long run:
“What I don’t want to do is stay too long when I think the show will actually benefit from other people taking the reins and forging a new path. And that’s what I think is happening now. It’s beautiful watching and seeing my dear friends who are incredible actors doing extraordinary things and turning it into a new show. And that is enormously gratifying.”
The downside for the actor is seeing what happens after his departure:
“When they send me the scripts I do get a little upset because it sounds really cool.”
With how many spoilers surfacing these days it is hard to imagine an actor getting scripts of a series past where his part comes to an end. Of course, it is also hard to imagine ‘The Walking Dead’ without Rick Grimes.
Do you agree that it will “be great” for ‘The Walking Dead’ when Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes departs the series? Or will this be the final nail in the coffin to send ratings in an even greater downward spiral? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Source: Entertainment Weekly