Sunday night on a special two-hour live episode of “Talking Dead” that followed “The Walking Dead” Season 8 premiere, Andrew Lincoln considered what his life might have been like if he never got the role of Rick Grimes. “I may have been a cheese-maker,” he told “Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick at the Greek Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. Lincoln then added, “Or a pig farmer.”
Lincoln recalled that he and David Morrissey (The Governor) used to joke on set that “we were the only actors in British equity that hadn’t been in the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise. So maybe I would have been wizarding about Hogwarts. Or hobbiting about Middle Earth. And I’ve always fancied the idea of getting my hands around a light saber.” As the packed Greek Theater laughed and applauded, Lincoln conceded, “But probably a cheese-maker.”
In regards to the show’s 100th episode, titled “Mercy,” Lincoln said that it felt “like Christmas” when Rick finally got to wage war against Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). After a season where Rick was beaten down by the baseball bat-wielding baddie, Lincoln is happy to once again portray a character who’s on the offense. “I’m gonna unpackage pain in fresh and unimaginable ways on the doorstep of Negan,” Lincoln remarked with a smirk.
Lincoln was joined on stage by all of “The Walking Dead” Season 8 cast members, including Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Alanna Masterson, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Austin Amelio, Tom Payne, Xander Berkeley, Khary Payton, Katelyn Nacon, Steven Ogg, Pollyanna McIntosh and Cooper Andrews.
Former stars Sonequa Martin-Green, Scott Glenn, Emily Kinney, IronE Singleton and Michael Rooker also made special appearances on “Talking Dead” to celebrate the show’s 100th episode. Relive all of the most shocking “The Walking Dead” deaths in our photo gallery.