If you ask Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs), Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) has been kind of a crappy leader for The Walking Dead’s Atlanta-farm-prison “group.” But you know Carl, he’s never satisfied. Got that from Lori.
It’s now the second half of Season 4 and Rick looks and sounds like the walking dead; he can barely lead himself off the couch. Carl had to step up to help them both in Episode 9, but they should be in better condition now that Michonne (Danai Gurira) has found them. We don’t really know how long they’ll stay a trio — maybe they’ll soon reconnect with former Team Prisoners or meet new people out in the world.
But what do you think about Rick’s future as a leader? He abdicated his throne as The Ricktator and tried to be Farmer Rick, but now he’s just a wreck. He has natural leadership skills, and Carl is probably the only one who blames him for what happened with The Governor (David Morrissey) at the prison, so do you think he’ll end up leading again?
Andrew Lincoln sure thinks so. “Rick has the resilience of a hundred people,” he told TV Guide. "If ever there was a human being who could lead again, it's him."
Go Ricktator! Or do you think Rick should stay on the sidelines, maybe in an enforcer/soldier role similar to Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus)? Rick didn’t want to lead earlier this season, ceding authority to the prison council, but then he decided to banish Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) from the group, as if that was his call to make. She was actually on the council, not him, so she could’ve told Rick “thanks for the tip, but I think I’ll go back anyway” and take her chances with the others. But even Carol — the newly changed Carol — just naturally follows Rick’s lead. And of course The Governor forced Rick into a decision-making role in Episode 8; that wasn’t going to end well no matter what, but it might prompt Rick to shy even further away from group leadership.
TWD is based on a comic book series, and that story suggests Rick will indeed fall back into a leadership role. But there were never so many mini groups in the books, so we’ll have to see how the TV show combines all the loose strands. A while back, comic book writer/executive producer Robert Kirkman told Entertainment Weekly, “We definitely have a lot of individual stories and I would not expect the group to be getting reunited as quickly as they did at the end of Season 2. Or possibly ever. [...] We’ll just have to see if they come together. It’s entirely possible that there will be some parts of that group that just don’t quite make it back.”
We still have hope that most, if not all, of the Team Prison group can reunite by the season finale. But should Rick lead them? Should they go back to group votes, a prison council, or put it all on Rick and let him carry the burden? At the very least, when you have one leader, you have an easy person to blame when things go wrong. (Just ask every president we’ve ever had.)
If you think Rick shouldn’t lead, who else might be a good leader?
The Walking Dead Season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.
Source: TV Guide