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Rick Grimes has had a rough old few months, but it seems like he can expect a little bit of R n' R in The Walking Dead Season 4. caught with Zap2It to discuss the direction of Season 4, and how Rick's character has developed since the tumultuous events of Season 3. He started out by expertly explaining the underlying themes of each Walking Dead season. He stated:

I don't think it's spoiling anything by saying that. I can say this: The first season was very much about the man discovering this new world and searching for his family. The second season was a struggle for leadership, an ideology, which was Rick vs. Shane... pragmatism over morality.

He continued:

The third season was very much a clash of two civilizations, and I suppose the fourth season can be summed up in a question, which is, 'Can we ever come back from the horrors that we see or perpetrate?' Can we return to the people we once were? Can Rick ever be the man he once was, for the sake of his two children?

In order to achieve this, Lincoln claims Rick has taken on a new role:

[Rick has] relinquished leadership and stepped back from the brutality of the world. My wife — along with the show's crew — saw the first screening of the first new episode, and she said, 'It's so nice to see Rick Grimes laugh!

I know what you're thinking: I hope Rick he isn't laughing too much. As nice as it might be to see Rick get some therapeutic rest, it's not exactly the reason that makes millions of people tune in each week. However, Lincoln explains that there might also be some trouble on the horizon:

I think one of Saul Bellow's characters said, 'What would be the use of war without love?,' and there is absolutely something to be said for that. What is the point of fighting, if not to heal and begin again? Don't get me wrong, I'm not sure if it's going to last very long; most of Rick Grimes' plans tend not to work in an ideal fashion ... but for the time being, there is sanctity and safety.

So, there you have it. Rick has a bit of fun, but I'm sure it won't take long until he's back to some good ol' fashioned zombie stomping. What do you think? Do you like the sound of this direction, or has it left you a bit underwhelmed? Let me know below.


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