It's time for a new season of "the Walking Dead," AMC's top-rated zombie apocalypse drama, and star Andrew Lincoln hopes the few months off has given you enough time to get over his whole jugular-biting routine from the Season 4 finale. "Ah, yes .The 'love bite scene,'" Lincoln laughs, remembering when his character, Rick Grimes, went teeth-first into a captor's throat in order to stop a gang of thugs from violating his teenage son, Carl (Chandler Riggs). "I think that was the least conflicted a person could be about protecting your son. 'I don't have anything on me so I’m going to bite."
More than 15 million people tuned in to see that finale, so Lincoln had good reason to worry the act might put some viewers off. "I was worried about the scene when I read it because I was concerned about the violence," he says. "I understood the metaphor — the walkers [what the show calls zombies] bit people, now humans bite people. Rick Grimes, the cop, bites people. I get that. But I was concerned that it wouldn't track. Then I did the scene and it made complete sense. That's the beauty, that's what I love about the show. You can push really the extremities of some of the scenes as long as there's hope and a reason for it."
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episodes were incredibly edgy. And I think we're moving into territory this season, we're going into the heart of darkness. This is a grown up show. A very brutal show."
The new season picks off literally right where the last left off, with Rick and Carl and company imprisoned by the creepily friendly — and potentially cannibalistic — folks at Terminus, a rail yard turned human stronghold. "There is a thing that I am discovering this season, is that if you stand beside Rick, you are family. If you stand in front of us you are a problem and this season is about what side you are going to take," Lincoln says cryptically. As for Rick and Carl, "We've done a lot of healing in this relationship, and now you find us in the worst position we've ever been, yet we are probably at the most unified."