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(WARNING: The following contains major plot SPOILERS for the most recent episode of AMC's The Walking Dead, right from the get-go. If you haven't yet seen this past Sunday's episode, "New Best Friends," then proceed with whatever level of caution that suggests to you is wise.)

Now, for fans of 's who prefer their post-apocalyptic wastelands to be full of less talking, and more brutally zombie-fied violence, the most recent episode of the show's seventh season was likely something of a revelation. After all, where much of Season 7 has focused on a gentle combination of moping, plotting and wandering around, this past Sunday's "New Best Friends" brought exactly the sort of giant pile of mildly silly ultra-violence that the show has long been beloved for.

Yup, that's right. 's was just forced to battle for his life against a spike-filled walker named Winslow in precisely the sort of "pit of hell" that you'd expect a post-apocalyptic wasteland to be full of (and which you can watch down below). And, because the internet is a thing:

Andrew Lincoln Just Opened Up About 'The Walking Dead's 'Pit Of Hell'

'The Walking Dead' [Credit: AMC]
'The Walking Dead' [Credit: AMC]

Specifically, Lincoln just spent a large chunk of a recent interview with EW discussing what it was like to fight a monstrous, spike-filled walker — and his response may not be quite what you'd expect:

"We got lucky with the weather and Atlanta took pity on us that day when I got thrown into the pit of hell and had to wrestle with my dear friend Gino, who played the spiky pinheaded monster there. It was insane. I lost my mind that day. It was so much fun. Mike Satrazemis, who does the camera work, loves getting hurt as much as I do, and he sent me a shot of me all bandaged and bruised and cuts and blood everywhere, looking as happy as I’ve ever been in the pit — in this dirty, smelly environment, and it’s just like, what a life! It was just such a gas, that whole episode. It was just a breath of fresh air. It’s insane."

'The Walking Dead' [AMC]
'The Walking Dead' [AMC]

So, if The Walking Dead winds up being full of similarly Mad Max-ian scenes of gladiatorial battling, it seems you can most likely chalk that up to Lincoln himself lobbying for them behind the scenes — not least because it seems that he wasn't the only one who had a good time during the scene's filming:

"Well, Norman came and there were quite a few people watching. And also the people at the top as I was climbing out of the thing, they were looking at me going, 'Wow, that’s a workout.' I was like 'Yeah!’ But it was such fun, man. It was such a wild, strange departure for this show — in a good way, in a really invigorating way, because it was pushing the envelope of what we’ve been known for. And the landscape and the characters, in all areas — it’s just flexing ourselves and seeing if it fit, you know what I mean? And I think the new guys that joined us were magnificent. I called them Kraftwerk. I kept looking at them going, I’m in some ’80s Kraftwerk movie! It was very strange."

Kraftwerk meets Mad Max meets The Walking Dead? Season 8 might just have a lot to live up to.

What do you think, though? Were you a fan of The Walking Dead's very own Winslow boy? Let us know below!

(Sources: EW)


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