We know the world is in ruin, and the surviving humans are scattered targets for an ever-growing army of flesh-eating zombies. And everything former sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) fought for – the salvation of his family – seems lost with the death of his wife, Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies).
I think for Lincoln, who plays Grimes in the critically acclaimed genre drama The Walking Dead, it is fertile ground for exploration. In emotional terms, his character has been brought to the brink of an emotional abyss, with little to hold onto, and nothing to lose. Or, from another perspective, everything to gain.
In fact, his next steps, Lincoln says, are about recovery. “The thing that always fascinates me about human beings is that we are here for such a short time, and we go through such trauma in our lives, but we recover.
However, the capacity to heal is enormous, to deal with trauma, grief, death, birth, new life,” he told. “Do not get me wrong I love putting cowboy boots on and pretending to be a cowboy for my day job, but the things that I really love are the touching human moments where somebody says something unexpectedly that helps you through the day. That’s what happens in life. “Rick was driven initially by family, that is how he survived. He found his family, and then he built another family around his family. And then he lost his wife. But he has a new nuclear family. In a way it’s like The Magnificent Seven. These people don’t belong together but when they form a group, you go yeah, come on, you can do it.”
But in creative terms, The Walking Dead enters its fourth season at something of a crossroads. It was born as a classic genre drama, paused on the letter Z – for zombie – on the genre drama rolodex. It was complex and textured, but its leitmotifs were classics of the subgenre: flesh-eating crazies, and a lot of gory deaths.
Although Lincoln concedes that as the drama matures, something more is needed. Created by Frank Darabont but steered by producers Greg Nicotera and Gale Anne Hurd, it has emerged as one of the most complex character dramas on TV. Not bad for a genre show, particularly one which features zombies. [ smh.com.au ]