The Walking Dead: Andrew Lincoln’s View On Recasting Rick Grimes


Back in 2010 on the 31st October, Rick Grimes story in the TV series The Walking Dead began. Waking up from his coma, he struggled to come to terms with the world. After finding a pizza delivery boy named Glenn (Steven Yeun) and a few others Rick travels with them back to their main camp just outside of the city. Finding his family Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) and Carl (Chandler Riggs) Rick had only one purpose in this post-apocalyptic world, which was to protect his family at all costs (But we all know how that turned out, poor Rick!).

But what would happen if Rick’s role was to be recast to a younger actor? Andrew Lincoln tells THR that he would be perfectly ok with a recasting of Rick.

“Why not? I think the possibilities are endless.”

“It’s an extraordinary environment and landscape, the mythology that Robert Kirkman has created, and I love that. I want to see that with Negan. That’s a backstory that I want to see on the mothership, I’m fascinated by it. But this franchise can pull people backwards and forwards. I would love to see Michael Rooker [who played Merle] back on screen in a miniseries. With these kinds of shows, we are afforded the opportunity to bounce around narratively and be able to play with time.”

We did see Rick work with his preapocalyptic and apocalyptic partner Shane (Jon Bernthal) one last time on Ricks final episode of The Walking Dead, which aired on the 4th of November 2018.

“It was a bit of a fever dream.”

“To have Bernthal show up with his Punisher hair straight from set felt both like so much time had passed and that no time had lapsed. We fell back into the same relationship. It was amazing to work with him, Sonequa Martin-Green and one of my favourite people, Scott Wilson. To have the privilege of working with him yet again was magnificent. There were three times this season that I came home and it just felt like this is why I became an actor. It reminded me of the early seasons and how much fun and how satisfying the whole journey has been.”

The Walking Dead airs Sundays in the US at 9/8c on AMC, as well as 9pm Monday’s on FOX in the UK.


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