It's lonely at the top of the zombie apocalypse hierarchy.
Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) was in a coma for the first part of The Walking Dead's walker revolution and was a new addition to core group of humans, after Glenn (Steven Yeun) saved the clueless former sheriff in Atlanta. But now, on Season 3, he is the democracy-crushing Ricktator, last seen clearning the prison from Episode 2's human prisoner threat.
But he's alone. He still has his wife, Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies), but they don't talk. Apparently a guy killing his best friend over their shared love for the guy’s wife is the kind of thing that can damage a marriage. Rick still has his son, Carl (Chandler Riggs), but Carl has always preferred to run off and do his own thing — and now that thing involves killing walkers and crushing on Beth (Emily Kinney). Rick is slowly becoming more ruthless like Shane (Jon Bernthal), who also would've shown no mercy to the human prisoners. (Leaving that one guy for the walkers? Shades of Shane with Otis on Season 2.)
As Andrew Lincoln recently told TV Guide, “I said to the writers that I'm really interested about ‘What is Rick's breaking point?’ I think we find it this season.” Andy also told Fangoria Rick’s humanity is never fully taken away from him, “although as we go through this season it diminishes and diminishes, and that’s all I will say.”
Well, that’s not all he’ll say.
“[Rick] is aware of a certain unrest within the group and — it’s very difficult and I’m hesitating because I don’t want to give anything away that happens in the next few episodes but yes, I wanted to sow the seeds of doubt in the first two episodes,” Andrew said. By the way, the name of the first episode this season was “Seed.” “There is some decision making that is quickly irrational and choices that he makes that, like in a classic Greek tragedy, come back to haunt him. He is sort of coming apart but doing this very good impersonation of someone who is holding it together at the moment. I’m interested in seeing where his breaking point is.”
Do you think his breaking point will be related in some way to pregnant Lori? He also has to deal with Hershel’s (Scott Wilson) lack of a leg. That will slow everyone down and potentially become a liability. Will New Rick, with his ruthless Shane side, be able to sacrifice Hershel, if it comes to that? Or will his breaking point involve The Governor (David Morrissey), whom we’ll meet this Sunday on Episode 3? There’s no way The Ricktator is going to stand for a second alpha male.
Sources: TV Guide, Fangoria