The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln Lobbied For Rick Grimes To Lose His Hand


Much like, say, Game of Thrones, AMC and the creative team implemented various changes in the transition from one medium to another when adapting Robert Kirkman’s comic juggernaut, The Walking Dead. Without straying too far into spoiler territory, arguably one of the more prominent plotlines that was subject to the editing scissors revolved around one Rick Grimes; though if Andrew Lincoln had his way, the network’s interpretation would have remained true to the source material.

We’re referring to Rick’s lost hand, of course. Upon his encounter with the Governor – portrayed by David Morrissey in AMC’s series – the weathered survivor is tortured by the demented leader, culminating in him cutting off Rick’s hand. Initially, though, Lincoln petitioned for the show’s writing team to incorporate the defining encounter into season 3, though the financial reality of rendering a stump for The Walking Dead‘s lead character was simply asking too much.

The British actor revealed the interesting nugget to, going on to tease some of the conflicts and dangers that lie ahead for the group for the remainder of season 6.

“You know, I campaigned two seasons ago when the Governor was around… I was saying, ‘You’ve gotta do the hand guys!’ And Victor, who was in charge of special effects, just said, ‘No, no no no. Anybody else but not you. It’ll cost a fortune with green screen and blue screen,'” Lincoln explained. “But you know, I’m of the opinion that certainly with where the story seems to be going this season, no one is safe of any long term damage. It’s an extraordinary season because it’s very intense and insular for the first few and then we lift our eyes up and it feels like there’s a whole new horizon out there and it feels like it’s very thrilling but also it’s very dangerous.”

Due to return on AMC this Sunday, October 11, The Walking Dead season 6 has garnered a lot of excitement – though our own Mitchel Broussard was less than impressed by the show’s lethargic return.