Season 4 of The Walking Dead ended with a massive cliffhanger — Team Prison trapped in a train car! — so we know that Season 5 will likely begin by addressing how everyone plans to escape. Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) and the rest of the TWD cast may have no idea how they’re going to get out of this pickle, but the Brit did preview a “messy” time ahead.
In a post-Season 4 finale interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Andy explains where he’s coming from.
“We're trapped by these guys, and I imagine it'll get pretty messy. Frankly, there's nothing I like more than playing crazy badass Rick Grimes — and he is pissed at the moment,” Andy noted. “I don't know what Scott has planned, but I've been texting other cast members, and we should improvise a few scenes because these kids — we call those who live at Terminus the Termites — are going to get it!”
After about half a season playing lame Farmer Rick, we bet that Andy is more than ready to channel his character’s tougher side. However, it doesn’t sound like Papa Grimes will be going anywhere beyond where he was forced to go in Episode 16: “A”, when Carl Grimes’ (Chandler Riggs) life was threatened by the marauders.
“None more dark than we've just seen,” Andy tells THR with a laugh when asked how much darker Rick will get. “We've had these ridiculously grand and Greek tragedy kind of moments in our show — the death of Lori, Sophia coming out of the barn and having to be put down — and you think, ‘No way can we buy this.’ That's been the scale of the writing on the show; they find a way to make it justified. When I bit Joe's throat, it made sense to me when I did it. It may not have made sense on the page, but the intention of it was telling everybody that he's like a wolf; he's so primal. It was so guttural and animalistic.”
We’ve been told to brace ourselves for a “completely different” version of Rick, but we actually have a hunch that our protagonist is in a better place going into Season 5 than ever before. He may have bitten a guy to death, but he’s come to terms with the fact that he did what needed to be done. And now that he’s reunited with most of Team Prison, he’s re-energized and ready for a fight.
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The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October 2014 on AMC.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter