The Walking Dead Season 7: Andrew Lincoln Promises “A lot More Levity”

Andrew Lincoln says fans should expect "a lot more levity in Mr. Grimes" in the second half of The Walking Dead season 7.

Perhaps aware of how draining it was to watch the first half of The Walking Dead season 7, actor Andrew Lincoln has promised “a lot more levity” in the season’s back eight, which will see Rick Grimes and his crew rise up against the tyranny of Negan and his Saviors. It’s true that the aftermath of the season 7 premiere played out in a pretty unexpected way, with a weakened Rick forced to do Negan’s bidding for the few episodes the former Sheriff’s deputy was actually in. Yet the midseason finale delivered a tiny bit of hope – the group back together after weeks of being ripped apart, it seems Rick’s gotten his groove back. 

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lincoln talked a bit about how the tone of the show will change again in the second half of season 7. It’s no secret, after all, that The Walking Dead loves to reinvent itself every eight-episode cycle.

“It’s probably the opposite of what you just witnessed,” said Lincoln of the upcoming eight episodes. “Certainly from Rick’s point of view. You see a man in action again with some of the members of his closest family.”

Rick’s can-do attitude will certainly affect the tone of the show, as we go from almost BDSM-levels of torture by Negan to the “Alexandria strikes back” tone we’re used to. 

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“There’s a lot more levity, if you can believe that, than you’ve ever seen before in Mr. Grimes,” Lincoln added. “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.”

Much has been said about the tortured process of making such dreary episodes of The Walking Dead. There’s no shortage of stories about Lincoln feeling sick on the night of a particularly depressing or gruesome episode. But this time around, Lincoln sounds genuinely excited to go to work every day. 

“There are several episodes that I loved being involved in and it certainly feels very much more like a show that I knew and recognized in the back eight,” he said. “I loved the episodes that I was in.”

If you haven’t quite gotten the sense that the back eight episodes are one long victory lap for Rick and friends, this is how Lincoln describes it:

“It’s The Magnificent Seven in the back half. Rather, the magnificent eight episodes. Wait till [episode] 16. I promise you, there is one beat in 16, I dropped my script and started punching the air and did a little jig.”

The tone change will certainly make reviewing this show every Sunday easier… More on The Walking Dead season 7 as we learn it!

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