EW reporter Dalton Ross recently speculated what The Walking Dead would be like without titular character Rick Grimes. It appears that Andrew Linclon and Robert Kirkman have also considered it.
Ross spoke to Lincoln recently, and he told Ross that “I was talking to James Badge Dale about acting, and we were just talking about completing stories. I think that there’s an innate feeling and certainly in me that I love doing a play or doing the film because you get to put a period on the end of it and you get to do it nightly, which is really exciting. TV is different. The format is different because it is about sort of a continuum. But, you know, there is a sense to me that really needs some… it sounds like I’m in a shrink’s head, but there is a completion thing that I think I deserve for doing it for so long. And also probably the audience would like some completion.”
When asked about his on-screen son Chandler Riggs taking over the role of the central character in the series, Lincoln responded by saying “Absolutely. It’s beautifully set up for that — for the camera to be certainly his story, and then it just shifts off. If ever there was a landscape or an environment to do that, it’s our show. But whether or not that’s this season… well, you have to find out, don’t you?”
Kirkman was a bit more measured in his response to the same questions, saying that “I think it could. Andy is the leader of this show and his dedication to the show is absolutely inspiring. Everyone just looks up to him and he’s a huge part of this show. But we have a very strong ensemble, and there’s a lot of characters that could carry the show. The Walking Dead is a story very much about a world and a bunch of people inhabiting that world.”
However, Kirkman did add that he doesn’t think “…we have to worry about that any time soon.”
The Walking Dead returns for Season Eight on October 22 .
Be sure to come back to Horror News Network after the debut for an “explosive” stream of consciousness review of the the first episode of the new season.