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Those of us who wasted no time catching the return of The Walking Dead may have been surprised to see a 'return' of another kind. Obviously, I'm going to be talking about some pretty major plot points from the last episode of The Walking Dead. If you want to save yourself from spoiler infection, I suggest you run away from this article now, preferably while screaming.

OK, for those of us who saw it (or for those sadists who don't mind reading spoilers) the sudden return of Lori (played by ) was a major shock ending to the mid-season premiere. Unfortunately for Rick — but perhaps fortunately for the scores of fans who hated Lori — her 'return' was all in Rick's damaged psyche. We've had some indications that Rick is going a bit mad, but this is perhaps the most reliable evidence yet that he has lost at least some of his marbles.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Sarah took the opportunity to explain at length her renewed involvement. Perhaps most importantly, it turns out she prevented the developers from introducing a pretty ridiculous concept. Check out what she has to say below:

The idea for this last scene went through a certain amount of geneses. I remember at a certain point instead of the way that it happens in the episode, there was talk about Lori showing up as a zombie, but her being a hallucination. And then she and Rick would have a conversation about something. And I remember being pretty vocal about that. I was like, "I think talking zombies is bad for the show." So there are a bunch of ideas that kicked around, but we ended up here. I think the thought behind the wedding dress is, if he's going to hallucinate his wife, he's going to picture her the day he remembers her being the happiest. His mind is going to cast about for the most idealized version of Lori. And in a way, what is true is that I have never played Lori Grimes again after that death scene. Because everything I'm doing now — from the phone call to this wraith like appearance — I'm not playing Lori anymore. I'm playing Rick. And that was an interesting switch, to realize it's not about who is Lori? It's about who does Rick’s diseased mind need Lori to be right now? So Andy and I did a lot of talking about that kind of thing because it's not about, let me come with my ideas as an actor. It's more about, "Andy, tell me what to do because this is your character I’m playing."

You can mess around with the zombie canon a little bit, but talking zombies (even imagined ones) should never exist! Yeah, that's right, I'm looking at you Warm Bodies! She also revealed that her return to the set had some similarities with the new mental-delusion variant of Lori:

I think my experience of playing Lori is a lot like my experience of coming back to set. I am a ghost. I am kind of a phantom, and a reminder of things that have come before and the era that contained and . I'm a reminder of the pilot days, and it's both comforting and unsettling — for me to be there, and for the cast. There's a lot of big emotions that are involved with leaving a show, and coming back can be complicated. Because in some ways you've healed those little holes in your heart. And you come back and they kind of start to open back up.

What do you think? Were you shocked to see Lori again? Will Rick ever recover? Give us your opinion below.


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