Warning: Spoilers for The Walking Dead TV and comic series ahead. Beware!
Last night's episode of [The Walking Dead](series:201193) was an amazing mid-season premier! The episode was another heart-wrencher (we should be used to that by now), however among all of that the episode included something very cool: Andrew Lincoln's real accent!
Picking up 17 days after Beth's death at Grady Memorial, and 500 miles out of Atlanta we mostly followed Rick, Glenn, Michonne, Noah and Tyreese as they explored Shirewilt, Noah's walled-community. Unfortunately for Tyreese, Noah's little brother, now a walker, snuck up on him and made a meal out of his arm just moments after Tyreese noticed a picture of the kid throwing some serious shade, seriously check this kid out:
He's basically licking his lips.
After Tyreese was bitten, Noah went to find help, and Tyreese was left bleeding profusely and hallucinating. During his hallucinations he saw many faces from the past, as well as hearing a radio broadcast from a clock radio in the bedroom.
The radio broadcast is read by a British announcer, and that 'announcer' is none other than Mr. Rick Grimes, Andrew Lincoln himself! For those who may not know, Lincoln is English and obviously speaks very differently in real life than he does in the show. During last night's The Talking Dead, the director of episode 9, Greg Nicotero, and host Chris Hardwick both confirmed that the voice was in fact Andrew Lincoln's.
The broadcast that Lincoln read out was quite dramatic:
At least 68 citizens of the republic have been killed in four deadly attacks along the main coastal district. The group has continued their campaign of random violence, moving across the countryside unfettered with the republic's military forces in disarray.
…then terrorizing the village by night, carrying out revenge attacks involving hacking innocents with machetes and, in some cases, setting them on fire.
There have been troubling reports of cannibalism having broken out in refugee camps along the republic's transportation corridor. And despite the string of victories by rebel forces, there are disturbing reports of increasing the brutality of their tactics including the wholesale destruction of villages, burning down local prisons, targeting of civilians, and even the widespread mutilation of children and young mothers. And this seems like only the beginning of their campaign that they label as an endless war against…
The broadcast was a great device used in the episode, as early on Tyreese had been discussing with Noah how his father had always wanted him and Sasha to listen to the news, even when it was bad. In reading the transcript of the broadcasting, you can see it describes pretty well some of the events from the series, indicating that Tyreese was not always at ease with of a lot of the actions taken by not only other survivor groups, but his own as well.