If you could sum up "The Walking Dead" Season 7 in one word, it probably wouldn't be "fun." Depending on your perspective, it might not even be printable. The season ended on a high note for Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and allies, but it was a rough batch of episodes for the fans and the actors.
Andrew Lincoln has been candid about not enjoying his role as Rick, at least in the first half of Season 7, but he's also pumped about what's ahead in Season 8.
Here's what he recently told ComicBook.com about what's ahead in All Out War:
"This has been one of the more unpleasant aspects of [Rick's] psyche, this submissive version. [C]ertainly the first eight would be not a pleasant experience, but it was a great challenge. A good acting challenge. And certainly I enjoyed having a bit more bite, bit more grit in my belly, sharing scenes with Jeffrey Dean Morgan [Negan].
I think it's going to be a lot more fun, Season 8, pitted against him with a bit more push back."
Fans do enjoy seeing Rick in Ricktator mode, and we're ready for him to show the Saviors they're effing with the wrong people.
Showrunner Scott Gimple recently said Rick is willing to suffer any loss, including his own life, to keep his people free from Negan and the Saviors. Many fans interpreted that as a threat to kill Rick, but it's probably closer to a warning that Rick's favorite people are not safe. He was even willing to part with son Carl Grimes in the Season 7 finale, which was a hint to how much he's toughened up.
Speaking of Carl, actor Chandler Riggs offered a mini tease of the Season 8 premiere when revealing he'd received, and read, and liked the first episode script.
Barring any complications from a writers strike, TWD should start filming as early as next week at the start of May, down in Georgia. Season 8 premieres in October on AMC.
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