The fact that is a 39-year-old Englishman believably playing diehard southern survivor Rick Grimes in AMC's The Walking Dead means that he should be getting more critical recognition than he is. However, TWD is a horror show based on a graphic novel. Genre material has always had trouble being taking seriously from an awards standpoint. In a really great Q&A with Deadline, Lincoln was asked whether or not the Emmys have been slow to embrace the show. Here's his thoughtful, intriguing response:
I don’t really think about it too much, in all honesty. It was (former exec producer) Frank (Darabont) and everybody at AMC’s intention to elevate the genre. As soon as I mention the word “genre,” people make an (assumption), don’t they? It never occurred to me that this would be a genre show. I think this is a family drama set in Hell. That’s what I see it as. It just so happens that there are zombies. I absolutely understand that this isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, but all I would urge people to do is give it a chance. There’s some incredibly bold storytelling.
Lincoln also admitted that he doesn't watch his own show. He didn't give reasons why. He doesn't say why, but it's pretty interesting. It could be that he hates looking at himself. It could be that he hates hearing his voice. Most likely, he wants to spare himself from the emotional trauma we feel each week because TWD is that horrifying.
What's TWD moment that made you give up on humanity?