TVLine's Performer of the Week: Andrew Lincoln

A new feature in which we spotlight the past week’s shining star

THE PERFORMER | Andrew Lincoln

THE SHOW | The Walking Dead (AMC)

THE EPISODE | “Killer Within”

THE AIRDATE | November 4, 2012

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THE PERFORMANCE | After Lori’s farewell to her son, we weren’t sure how much more we could take — which was just about the state that Rick was in, too, when Carl and Maggie came trudging out of the prison with the new baby.

Lincoln’s eyes at first — and only briefly — registered incomprehension: Why did they have a newborn… and why weren’t they with Lori? Then, as the awful truth came crashing down on our hero, his portrayer acted that agony, bit by dreadful bit, with every inch of his body.

First, Rick dropped his axe; it was as if his hand had ceased to remember how to hold onto it. Then, his mind rejecting what, deep down, he knew was true, he tried to pass Maggie to set off in search of Lori. Finally, he looked at Carl, no longer at all the little boy he’d seemed to be only hours earlier. Then and only then, he couldn’t deny it anymore. Destroyed from the inside out, he collapsed, Lincoln letting loose the wail that, just about then, we were all feeling.

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HONORABLE MENTIONS | Sarah Paulson for that gut-wrenching aversion therapy sequence in Wednesday’s American Horror Story: Asylum, and Sarah Wayne Callies for Lori’s tearful farewell to son Carl on The Walking Dead.

Which performance knocked your socks off this past week? 

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