The Walking Dead: Andrew Lincoln Addresses Future of Father/Son Relationship, and Negan's Influence
The Walking Dead is set for new life regarding its characters and its world, with Alexandria safe (for now) and yet Carl's world tragically torn apart in ways that promise a fascinating relationship shift between he and his father.
Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes, is excited about what the future holds for the show, sincerely hoping the show's future echoes its comic book source:
"I think it marks an interesting turning point in Rick and Carl's relationship," Lincoln told Independent. He’s a boy and with one eye, he’s an uncompromising presence, and certainly it’s hard enough parenting an adolescent (so he''s heard), in the millennium, let alone the zombie apocalypse."
Lincoln goes on to explore how Negan fits into the triumvirate, an upcoming villain he is openly enthusiastic about. "I also dig, particularly, the relationship — which is almost a triangle — between Negan, Rick and Carl. I think that’s a really interesting psychological battleground; the father figure and a parent that cares desperately about and would give his life for his son...
"... Whereas someone else may offer that, which is very interesting," alluding to Negan, who acts as an almost deranged father figure to Carl in the source material.
Lincoln explained laughing at the "impossible" scene the actors were asked to take on, though gave credit to his co-stars. "...Everyone just goes in and commits."