Each season, Rick, played by Andrew Lincoln, seems to go through changes. As viewers saw on the season 4 premiere of "The Walking Dead," he has turned in his gun and stepped down from leadership. He is no longer the protector of the group, but is instead taking an active role in raising his children, Carl and baby Judith. He is spending his time tending to the livestock and is even growing crops. But things are not going to stay serene. On Oct. 18, The Hollywood Reporter spoke to Andrew Lincoln to discuss if Rick will remain passive or not this season.
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Rick renounced his leadership and turned in his gun to focus on his children. He has completely stepped back. He is not part of the council and doesn't even go on supply runs anymore. The group will be put under enormous pressure and it will cause the group to start splitting and to get paranoid. But Rick will be pulled back in and fans will see it in episode 3.
On Katie Couric's talk show, "Katie," Andrew hinted that there was going to be a romance this season. While no names were mentioned, it seemed that they were hinting it could be Rick and Michonne. He told The Hollywood Reporter that he is sad that she still won't be a part of the group and stays as a loner, doing her own thing.
Andrew Lincoln also said that Hershel (Scott Wilson) is important to Rick because he has become his mentor and guide. Rick is repressing his demons, but he is healing from losing Lori.
Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) will realize that the group is weakened now that Rick has taken a back seat to things. He believes that Beth's boyfriend wouldn't have died if Rick had been there, if there were more survivors of Daryl's caliber. While he respects the decision that Rick has made, he will also try to convince him to come back to the group.
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