Before I continue with Part 3 of "Rick Moments", in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Andrew Lincoln had some insightful things to say about his character. Lincoln was asked about the season long arc of his evolution from a guy that wanted no part in being a leader, to being a guy ready to kick ass and do whatever it takes to keep his group safe. Lincoln had this to say........
".......It goes to the question of can we ever come back to be the people we once were, and certainly the first half of the season was about a man suppressing that, and suppressing his brutality for the sake of his son. And now you see a man totally accepting that side of himself, that brutality for the sake of his son. And it’s just a really neat play that you get a man who is completely at peace with the fact that he’s a man and a monster and he needs to be in this new world and he’s probably the most dangerous he’s ever been, but also the most capable he’s ever been. Which is why the final exchange is not anything but a call to arms. They have no idea who they’re dealing with."
He was also asked about the scene with Daryl, when He tells him, "Your my Brother." (I loved Daryl's reaction to this, too. He didn't say a word, but his face said a thousand words).
........Rick says that going through all of last night was worth it because we found you and we’ve got you back again. That’s how important it is that they found one another again for the sake of the group. And that’s the joy of it. It was such a laugh to play that scene, just because we don’t even have to rehearse. Me and Norman just sit down and start talking because we’ve lived with these people for so long.
'Rick Moments" Continued...
Season 2, Episode 9, "Trigger Finger"
Lori and Rick are alone in their tent. "We need to talk about Shane, " Lori says. "He thinks the baby's his. He's delusional. And he's dangerous. I think he killed Otis. She points out that as far as Shane is concerned, Lori and Carl are HIS family....and Rick is the lunatic who keeps putting them in harm's way. The look on Rick's face as the camera slowly pans in, says it all....
Season 2, Episode 10, "18 Miles Out"
While on the road with Shane, transporting Randall "18 miles out", Rick stops the car to have a palaver with Shane. He reveals to Shane he knows what happened with Otis and his affair with Lori...and he understands. He asks Shane if he believes Rick is unable to keep his family safe. Shane replies, "You can't just be the good guy and expect to live." Rick retorts, "That is my wife, that is my son, and that is my unborn child. I would do anything for them."
Back on the road, Rick tells Shane he will likely kill Randall, but he's still going to think it over. "That is my wife, that is my son, that is my child," he repeats. "You wanna be with us, you gotta follow my lead. It's time for you to come back." Shane will later regret his decision to not follow Rick's lead.
Season 2, Episode 12, "Better Angels"
The scene in the barn loft with Rick and Carl talking. "Everybody dies," he says to Carl. "I'm gonna die....your Mom.....there's no way we can prepare for it...." Very moving scene.
The final confrontation between Rick and Shane. Shane tells Rick he is a better Father than he is, and that him returning only messed things up. "Why don't we call this what it really is?" replies Rick. "Murder." Although Rick has no choice but to kill Shane, he becomes distraught as he tries to cope with what he has done.
Season 2, Episode 13, "Beside the Dying Fire"
My favorite "Rick Moment" from Season 2. Rick's end of season speech. While huddled around a campfire, some of the group starts to question Rick's leadership. When Carol urges Rick to DO something, he snaps back. "I AM doing something! I'm keeping this group together......and alive. I never asked for this! I killed my best friend for you people!" He explains how Shane staged the Randall incident to lure him into the woods to kill him. Shane gave him no choice. "Maybe you people are better off without me," Rick continues. "I say there's a place for us, but maybe its another pipe dream. But if you want to go....then GO. There's the door. Send me a postcard." The group looks at Rick in stunned silence. "No takers?" he asks. "Fine, but lets get something straight right now. This isn't a democracy anymore....."
As always, comments and insights are always welcome below.
(Sources, Entertainment Weekly, The Walking Dead Wiki)