Yes, it seems that Andrew Lincoln has been seen walking around amongst the living without Rick Grime’s full grown beard. So many a Walking Dead fan is wondering whether or not this means that Andrew Lincoln the actor, is free from his contract with Robert Kirkman, AMC and The Walking Dead!?
At a recent Walker Stalker Convention a fan asked Mr. Lincoln about the significance of his missing beard, to which Lincoln, Norman Reedus and Walking Dead producer/director Greg Nicotero responded with the following exchange:
Reedus: “You know what’s crazy, is I have his beard in a ziploc bag in my refrigerator. True story.”
Lincoln: “This is for real. He said to me, and he just went, when we had to do this…are we allowed to talk about it?”
Nicotero: “You can’t talk about that.”
Lincoln: “Whatever happens…when I died from the show this season,” He says, “I want Andy’s DNA.”
Rest assured however, we will not be seeing the death of Rick Grimes, but rather we will see another incarnation of Rick Grimes in the post-apocalyptic world of the zombie apocalypse, in which Rick may very well become a policeman once again of a walled Virginia/Washington D.C. community.
Proof of this theory would go back to the cover of issue #70 of The Walking Dead comic series, where Rick is seen walking the streets of a gated community in a nicely pressed police officers uniform with a clean shaven face.
As recent as November 30th’s Talking Dead, Robert Kirkman confirmed that fans of the television series can read past issues of the comic series in order to get a hint at where Rick and his group will be going. He also indicated that a character who will be introduced in the next half of season 5 will be an openly gay character. This also follows along the story line in which we will see Rick as a clean shaven police officer once again as the openly gay character recruits Rick and his group to join the gated community, which fans will be introduced to at some point in the next portion of the Walking Dead’s fifth season.
Interestingly however, we may also see Rick’s beard coming back if in fact the show once again fast forwards into the future as is currently happening in the comic series. We may also see a story line a year or two so in the future, in which Rick has helped to create a thriving group of communities in which he is somewhat of a living legend. In this future Rick will not only have a full beard again, but he may also have very short cropped hair along with a prosthetic arm.
But while only time will tell, fans should not worry for several reasons; the first of which are leaked photos from future season five episodes as indicated above, featuring a walled community.
Likewise, in the Walker Stalker exchange above we see Andrew Lincoln say “This is for real. He said to me, and he just went, when we had to do this…are we allowed to talk about it?” ‘. . . when we had to do this . . .’ implies that it was in the script or a contractual obligation of sorts.
Lastly, Robert Kirkman has indicated many times in the recent past that Rick and the group are beginning a new portion of their journey akin to a new story, which follows what has transpired to some extent within the comic series. This most likely means that Rick will lead his troops into the heart of Washington D.C., with fans of the show getting to see another Dead city reminiscent of Atlanta in the recent AMC story arc. So rest assured fellow Walking Dead fans, Rick Grimes WILL NOT DIE this season!!!
I would bet my Geek card membership on it!!!
Written by: Tye Bourdony
Tye Bourdony is a Sci Fi cartoonist and creator of ‘The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi’, as well as a science fiction reporter and the U.S. based content editor for Sci Fi Pulse. Tye is a graduate of the Barry University School of Law, SUNY Purchase and H.S. of Music & Art, and he currently works in Florida’s 9th Circuit as the Staff Family Mediator. Tye also serves on the Board of the Legal Aid Society of Osceola County and also has a regular self-published column in Sci Fi Magazine and you can visit Tye on Facebook as well as at www.thelightersideofscifi.com. You can also send him your thoughts and story/article ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.