As if being lured by a crazy woman in the woods to be a meal for her zombified husband in the premiere wasn’t bad enough, Andrew Lincoln warned that things are about to turn a lot more ghastly on The Walking Dead. Lincoln stopped by the Entertainment Weekly Radio studios (SiriusXM, channel 105) to discuss the premiere episode of the AMC drama, and he teased that the new illness that has infected both Rick’s pig and Carl’s friend Patrick has no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
“I love this story arc,” said Lincoln. “You wait and see where it heads. It puts far more pressure on the group, and something terrible happens within this story arc that divides the group irrevocably.” Uh-oh. (Maybe if Daryl Dixon would stop licking his fingers and then shaking people’s hands they could at least slow down the spreading of germs. Where’s the Purell?!?)
Lincoln also discussed the change in tone and pacing that can be felt with new showrunner Scott M. Gimple now in charge. “I would say that every character has a very neat and very satisfying story arc this season,” says the star. “The theme could be summed up as a question, which is: Can we ever come back? Can we ever return from the things we’ve done? The brutality of the world? The horrors that we’ve seen? Can we ever love again? Can we ever be the people we once were for the sake of our children, in Rick’s case? But that is interwoven into everybody’s story arcs.”
To hear more from Lincoln’s EW Radio interview — including all the juicy details on how Norman Reedus enjoys pranking him on the road — just click on the audio player below. And for more interviews with The Walking Dead cast over the next few weeks, tune to SiriusXM, Channel 105.