Andrew Lincoln (Rick) is a dedicated actor with several intense scenes on The Walking Dead Season 3 as The Ricktator fell down the rabbit hole of grief. Obviously he, and the show in general, deserve more Emmys love, especially after such a raw, open wound of a season.
Andrew talked to TVLine about preparing for arguably his most emotional scene to date — when he learned his wife Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) had died during childbirth. "I just took myself away for a couple of hours while they were setting up and listened to a song and got into a place that wasn’t very happy,” Andy said. “[The song] was Snow Patrol and Martha Wainwright’s 'Set the Fire to the Third Bar.' Don’t listen to it. You might end up collapsing."
TVLine asked why he felt the Emmys have been slow to embrace the show. For example, TWD has been honored in technical categories (like makeup, sound editing, visual effects) but it has yet to be nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, never mind for acting, writing or directing. This anti-zombie bias will not stand, man! But actually, maybe it will stand since Andy isn't too fussed about the "snubs."
"I don’t really think about it too much, in all honesty," he said. "It was [former exec producer] Frank [Darabont] and everybody at AMC’s intention to elevate the genre. As soon as I mention the word 'genre,' people make an [assumption], don’t they? It never occurred to me that this would be a genre show. I think this is a family drama set in Hell. That’s what I see it as. It just so happens that there are zombies. I absolutely understand that this isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, but all I would urge people to do is give it a chance. There’s some incredibly bold storytelling."
Yes! Having said that, he admits he doesn't know which episode he'd single out for his own nomination. "You’d have to tell me. I don’t actually watch the show." But he was there at the time, so it's probably hard to relive it all again. At the very least, The Powers That Be should submit Andrew Lincoln and Sarah Wayne Callies for “Killer Within” (the Lori death episode) and push for Lennie James (Morgan) to win Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for “Clear.”
Hopefully we'll hear a bunch of names, including Andy’s, called out on July 18 when Emmy nominations are announced. Fingers crossed!