Andrew Lincoln on Dealing with the Never-Ending Cycle of Death on The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead is universally known for its chopping and changing cast, and Andrew Lincoln discussed living through the 'trauma' of an ever rotation group of friends, as his colleagues are killed off around him.
"As I go along, we keep losing incredible friends and characters. It sort of kills me doing this job - but in a beautiful way. It's a great story. But every day is unique, and that's one of the things that keeps me coming back for more and wanting to keep pushing this guy and pulling the rest of the cast along with me to create this broken fairy tale."
Lincoln mentioned an encounter he had with Sarah Wayne Callies (who played Lorie, his onscreen wife), in which he declared that "it's still the most beautiful job, but it's kind of heartbreaking". This answer was to a simple "how's it going" from Callies. His answer probably wasn't what she was expecting.
In any case, being the central character of such a series brings with it a safety net not shared by other bloodthirsty drama's such as Game of Thrones, for Lincoln at least.
I imagine it's a bittersweet existence. Plenty of job security, but it'd be like changing classes at school every year. You don't know who you'll be with next year, for better or worse.