“I don’t think anyone can say enough good things about Andy,” suggests The Walking Dead’s Ross Marquand (Aaron) in a farewell video for series lead Andrew Lincoln, who makes his final appearance as Rick Grimes in Sunday’s “What Comes After” (AMC, 9/8c). Nonetheless, the actor’s past and present castmates give it the old college try.
After Lauren Cohan (Maggie) calls her longtime co-star “kind and generous,” Avi Nash (Siddiq) seconds that emotion, recalling that Lincoln “ate lunch with me the first day I was here.” Norman Reedus (Daryl) says that his on- and off-screen buddy “taught me to be a better father, a better friend, a better actor,” and the late Scott Wilson (Hershel) expresses his delight at having gotten to appear with Lincoln in his last episode.
Also included in the clip are shout-outs from, among others, Danai Gurira (Michonne), Steven Yeun (Glenn), Lennie James (who now plays Morgan on spinoff Fear the Walking Dead), IronE Singleton (T-Dog) and Josh McDermitt (Eugene). But it may be Michael Cudlitz (Abraham) who offers up the most memorable quote. “We appreciate [Andy’s] leadership,” he says through a mustache that has to be seen to be believed, “but… he’s a really terrible actor.”
Press PLAY on the video above to check out the sweet, sincere and silly farewells, then hit the comments. Do you think you’ll keep watching The Walking Dead without Lincoln and Rick front and center?