Spoiler Alert! If you haven’t watched Sunday’s Season 4 finale of “The Walking Dead,” stop reading now and come back after!
In order to save his son, Rick Grimes went primal on Sunday’s “The Walking Dead,” biting out the neck of zombie apocalypse predator Joe (Jeff Kober).
On the season finale of “Talking Dead,” Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick, revealed that Greg Nicotero (executive producer, who also does the special effects) gave him options on what he would find when he went in for that chunk of Joe’s neck while filming the scene.
“He said, ‘Chicken or Beef?’ And I was like, ‘I suppose everything apparently taste likes chicken, so I’ll shoot for the chicken.’ And he went, ‘Cooked or uncooked?’ And I knew it was a test and I just went, ‘Well, what would be the closest to real flesh?’ And he went, ‘Uncooked.’ And I went, ‘Well, that’s what I’ll be doing,’” Andrew told show host Chris Hardwick. “And at 4:30 in the morning, with a mouthful of blood and raw chicken — it was the wrong call. My gag reflex…”
Andrew explained that the Rick bite moment in the show was actually one he was worried about, prior to talking to showrunner Scott Gimple.
“I didn’t know it was based on the comic book, sorry Robert [Kirkman], and I read it and I called [showrunner Scott Gimple] up and I said, ‘Scott, we’ve always been very responsible with the violence on the show. There’s a line in the sand. Do you think we may be crossing it? And he said, ‘Which bit?’ I was like, ‘The bite, for goodness’ sakes.’ And he went. ‘Well, no. I think it’s justified,” Andrew recounted.
“And the funny thing was, like most things that [Scott] says, they turn out to be true,” Andrew continued. “I did the scene, I saw the attack on Carl and everything going on, and it was kind of a seismic shift in his psyche, and as soon as the night happened and it was 4 in the morning and it was crazy, and it made sense, like most things that [Scott] has written.”