Warning: Major Spoilers For The TWD Season Seven Premiere Ahead.
In a shocking manner, The Walking Dead returned to our lives on Sunday night. The most talked about TV cliffhanger of 2015 was finally resolved; both Abraham and Glenn met their demise at Negan’s barbed wired baseball bat. But really, those kills were not the primary focus of the primary purpose of the episode. Rather, it was about Negan breaking down Rick (Andrew Lincoln).
Just moments after Negan beat Glenn to death, Rick vowed to kill him.
Not today. Not tomorrow. But I’m gonna kill you.
He said this in the scary calm voice we know and love him for. The voice of a man who you should not mess with, especially when it comes to his family. Many have tried, and failed to overpower Rick Grimes. But this is Negan we’re talking about. Through a series of tasks designed to break down the former Sheriff, which culminated in Negan forcing Rick to cut off his son’s arm but stopping him right before he did it, we as viewers could see Rick losing every last bit of fight he had left in him. Kneeling at Negan’s feet, crying for mercy with snot coming out of his nose, he acknowledged that he had lost.
And the fact that this was as visually noticeable as it was is thanks to Andrew Lincoln’s top notch acting, which was some of the best ever seen on the show; and The Walking Dead‘s executive producer Greg Nicotero even went as far as calling it the single best performance.
“The emotion was there because the actors are so talented and so dialed in. I really think Andy Lincoln gave the performance of the series.”