Rick has had to do some nasty shit during his time in the post-apocalyptic world. There was the time he shot a little zombified girl in the head, the time he machete'd a guy to death, the other time he machete'd a guy to death and of course the time he ripped out a guy's jugular with his teeth. However, as brutal as those scenes were, Andrew Lincoln has revealed another scene which he rates as one of the hardest he's had to film.
During the recent Walker Stalker Con London, Andrew Lincoln was scheduled to speak when his panel was delightfully gate crashed by Chandler Riggs. After welcoming his on-screen son to the stage, Lincoln revealed that the scene where Negan almost forced Rick to cut off his son's arm in the season premiere was one of the hardest he's had to film over the seven season run of the show. Lincoln said:
"That was one of the most appalling scenes I've had to do. I mean it was no joke, and grown men with tattoos who move heavy equipment had to walk away from set that day. It wasn't a pleasant experience."
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Lincoln went onto explain how that scene was particularly painful because of the sheer amount of takes required before director Greg Nicotero had what he needed for the episode. Lincoln added:
"It was awful... You have to do it all afternoon. I mean [the audience] at least see it once, but we're sort of pounding it out and having to wrench our guts and sort of spill them in front of the crew — there's about seven takes and the crew are just going 'haven't we shot this now? Please.'"
Fortunately since the premiere episode the scenes between Carl and Rick have been a lot more carefree, and given that he's suffered two gunshot wounds since the apocalypse, we can only hope Carl stays injury free for a long time to come.
The Walking Dead returns to AMC with Episode 13, "Bury Me Here" on Sunday, March 12
What did you think of Rick almost chopping off Carl's arm in the Season 7 premiere?