The upcoming season 6 finale of “The Walking Dead” is too dark that actor Andrew Lincoln felt “sick” after reading the script for the episode.
“I felt sick to my stomach when I read the script,” Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes on the hit AMC series, revealed to Entertainment Weekly. “It was the first day in the whole six years of working on ‘The Walking Dead’ that I was late for work because I woke up in the middle of the night and I couldn’t get back to sleep. I was so angry and frustrated and I felt sick. And that was just after reading it.”
Apparently, Lincoln wasn’t the only one who felt that way. “Andy talks about being late to work; I didn’t want to go to work that day,” Lauren Cohan told the news outlet. “It took a really, really long time for everybody to feel okay again after the finale, let’s put it that way.”
The actress, who portrays Maggie Greene on the zombie drama, added: “[Hearing] the word ‘finale’ gives me a physical reaction because it’s the hardest day on set that I’ve ever had in my life. I never even imagined that as an actor you could have that experience. It’s one of the most raw experiences that I think any of us have ever had.”
Lincoln and Cohan’s co-star Ross Marquand also talked about the finale script in an interview with ComicBook.com last November.
“I was just talking to Andy about [the finale] the other day and I looked at him because I hadn’t seen him since I read it and I said, ‘What’d ya think?'” Marquand said at the time. “We both literally just threw our hands up in the air and we were like, ‘This is the craziest thing ever, right?'”
“I think it’s probably the most rot, like emotionally rot, and dark episode I’ve ever read, regardless of this show or not,” added the actor who plays Aaron on the series. “I’ve never seen or read an episode that is so dark and so compelling in my life and that’s the God’s honest truth.”
In fact, the Marquand said that the script is too twisted that he had to stop reading several times.
“I told Andy, I don’t normally get so affected by scripts that I have to put them down, but I had to stop reading this at three different times,” he revealed. “I couldn’t read it, it was messing me up. It was tough to read. It’s phenomenal writing but it’s just so emotionally dark and twisted that we had to put it down several times.”
While Lincoln, Cohan and Marquand didn’t specify what exactly makes the finale emotionally dark, the impending introduction of the comic book villain Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) may have something to do with it.
“The Walking Dead” midseason premiere, titled “No Way Out,” airs on Sunday, Feb. 14, at 9 p.m. on AMC. Check out the synopsis and trailer for season 6, episode 9 below:
“While trying to escape Alexandria, Rick and his group meet trouble when sudden noise draws walkers towards them with what could be fatal consequences.”