The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln says Rick is ‘willing to die’ to defeat Negan

Ahead of the eagerly-anticipated new season of The Walking Dead, Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes in the hit zombie series, has revealed that his character is “willing to die” in order to defeat arch villain Negan once and for all.

The eighth season of The Walking Dead will return in the UK on October 23, having premiered the previous day in the US.

The first episode of the new season, Mercy, will also be The Walking Dead‘s 100th episode.

Speaking ahead of the show’s return, Lincoln has discussed his character’s frame of mind in the new episodes – with Rick set to lead his men into battle in a bid to defeat Negan and his followers.

“I think he’s ready for battle,” Lincoln said during a recent panel at New York Comic-Con. “I’ve always said that Rick is very much like a shark. He needs to keep moving, otherwise he dies. Giving him something to do with his grief and pain is essential. Kicking Negan’s ass is as good a reason as any.

“I think he’s very focused,” Lincoln went on. “You saw him in the beginning of the scene last season on his knees, but he’s a completely inverted Rick. He’s a man who’s willing to die. He’s free for all intents and purposes.

“This is the payoff for last season – certainly in Rick’s terms. The thing I love about the job after eight years and 100 episodes is that they keep pushing and pulling and hurting this man in new and unimaginable ways.

“This season, more than any other, I’ve been really nervous about certain scenes. To be nervous going to work after eight years is a testament to the writers really.”

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