Lori Grimes (Sarah Wayne Callies) died halfway through Season 3 of The Walking Dead, and even though almost a year has gone by since her character passed, people are still talking about it. Lori’s death resonated with audiences not only because her son Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) was forced to shoot her after she died during childbirth, but because Rick Grimes’ (Andrew Lincoln) reaction to her death was so raw and real.
Andrew still receives praise for that particular scene, and during Walker Stalker Con last weekend in Atlanta he opened up about how he prepared for the pivotal sequence.
“The great thing about this show is since we’ve been doing it for so long and we spend so much time, so many hours with these characters and also with these people as friends. And you’ve gone through so much already,” he started, noting that the close relationships he has with his co-stars makes it tougher to say goodbye.
But for Lori’s death scene, as Andrew pointed out, there was already so much in the script for him to draw from.
“Some scenes just look after themselves, and this one I kind of just took myself away, listened to some music, and just got into the zone, which wasn’t very happy, as you can imagine, and just, I was helped by Chandler Riggs," he continued. "When he came out and Emily as well holding the baby, it sort of plays itself.”
Andy continued to heap praise upon his co-stars, saying that the show is ”lucky” to have “so many strong actors." As for his one request of the day? “I just asked Sarah not to be on set. That was my request for the scene, just because I didn’t want her to see it.”
We agree, that likely would have been too much for Andrew’s on-screen wife to handle. We still get choked up when we watch it! And since we’re already well into Season 4, we know more pain is still to come. As Andy revealed last month, “There’s been one scene that was pretty painful to do — it’s always the midseason finale!”
Start speculating on that painful scene now!
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Reporting by Nicole Pomarico.