Outside of Grey’s Anatomy, there’s arguably no other show that likes to toy with fans’ emotions more than The Walking Dead. So, when Rick Grimes appeared to be looking over two new graves at the start of the Season 8 premiere, fans understandably had no chill — are we about to find out we’re losing two more survivors?
Don’t fret just yet, y’all. Andrew Lincoln, who plays the fearless leader, just set the record straight.
I mean, in all honesty, what he had to say still feels like a punch to the proverbial gut, but just not a new one. Rather, this is a wound fans have been nursing a while… since the Season 7 premiere, to be precise.
Did you guess yet? The two graves Rick stands near belong to fan favorites Abraham Ford and Glenn Rhee, both of whom had their skulls bashed in by Negan’s barbed-wire-covered baseball bat last season (damn you to hell, Lucille!).
“I think it’s a key moment when Rick is by the graveside of two of his dearest friends. It was a very powerful moment of harking back to the beginning of last season and the brutal way they were taken from us. I don’t think he’s ever recovered from that. I don’t think any of them have,” Lincoln explained in an AMC featurette.
By “any of them,” Lincoln clearly must mean the fandom, too. ‘Cause, trust, we still lose sleep over that grisly premiere and the subsequent loss of two heroes.
But let’s look at the silver linings here. For starters, those graves aren’t filled with characters whose deaths we’ll have to come to grips with soon — we get a brief reprieve from death. And, second, Rick and his crew apparently won’t rest until they see justice for Abe and Glenn.
Said executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, “It really is going to be an all-out war with Negan and to avenge those deaths.”