It’s summer, isn’t it? Means it’s time for the cast of AMC‘s The Walking Dead to suffer through the grueling filming of Season 4 in HOT-lanta. And recently, a few on set snapshots are makinf us all a little concerned for the survivors’ leader, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln).
Now, comic book readers know exactly what happens to Rick, but if you’re also an avid watcher of the TV series you know they’ve done their best to stay away from the continuity of the comics, keeping all fans on their toes about what’s coming next. But having read the comics, you might be thinking what I’m thinking when you look at these set pics.
Due to potential spoilage, you’ll find the photos in question below the cut.
So in the comics, Rick loses his hand when The Governor decides to cut it off for shits and giggles, but creator Robert Kirkman has already told us we won’t see the same fate befall Rick on the TV show (via The Stir),
One thing I’m adamant about is I don’t think that we should cut Rick’s hand off [on television]. When I’m writing a comic book, I don’t think about what I’m doing. I go, ‘Oh, it’d be pretty cool if they cut his hand off right now. That’d be pretty shocking, right?’. Then I do it, and five issues later, I write ‘Rick opens a can of beans’ and then I look at the script and think ‘He can’t do that now’. I didn’t even think that through.
Can you imagine what a pain in the ass having Rick handless would be for the cast, crew, etc? It’s just not feasible, in the same way Tyrion losing his entire nose on Game of Thrones wasn’t going to happen. And besides, they’ve already kind of covered the amputation quota with Merle and Hershel.
But in those photos, something has definitely happened to Rick’s hand. An injury? Possible a few digits lost in a nod to the comics? We won’t know for sure until The Walking Dead returns in October, but what do you think happened?