The Walking Dead Season 7 finale is almost upon us, and things are really kicking off for Rick and his fellow survivors. Weapons have been gathered, alliances have been forged, and a clash with the Saviors is imminent. But as prepared as they might be, there's no telling what might go down.
In a recent interview with the LA Times, Andrew Lincoln gave a sneaky hint at what's to come for Rick Grimes on #TheWalkingDead— and it involves Shakespeare. After one hell of a harrowing season, Lincoln convinced Scott Gimple to let him work some of the playwright's works into the script for the finale:
"All through shooting the season, I kept telling Scott, 'As long as you give me a "Henry V"-St. Crispin’s Day speech at some point in the future, I’ll take it.' So that will be coming. There’s your spoiler."
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What Is The St. Crispin's Day Speech?
The St. Crispin's Day speech is a rousing address made by King Henry V of England in Shakespeare's play Henry V. It was delivered to the English army shortly before battle against the French.
Take a look at Kenneth Branagh reciting the speech as King Henry in the 1989 Henry V:
The St Crispin's Day speech has featured in quite a few movies and TV shows, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to a deleted scene in X-Men: The Last Stand.
It's interesting that after such a nightmarish season, the only thing Lincoln insisted on for the finale was to recite Shakespeare. It might be that the English actor has a soft spot for The Bard and his classics, or perhaps wants to bring a little theatrical finesse to The Walking Dead. Maybe that's what the viewers need after all this head-smashing and weird CGI?
However, considering the events of Henry V and the events of St. Crispin's Day, it's exactly what Rick's group might need to help them, as Lincoln claims, "come out swinging."
What Does This Mean For The Finale?
The Battle of Agincourt is a real historic event, though its use in Shakespeare's play is fictionalized. If you're a little rusty on your Shakespeare, here's the context of that St. Crispin's Day speech: the English army are about to battle it out with the French. Henry V wanted to motivate his troops and inspire them to victory, and he achieved just that.
So how is this relevant to The Walking Dead? Well, it's not so much the speech itself but the context. Henry V was trying to assert his right to the French throne. This is exactly what Rick is trying to do: overthrow Negan and take his throne. Sorry, Ezekiel— looks like there might be a new king in town!
Do you think Rick's group will come out victorious from their battle with the Saviors?
(Source: LA Times)