'The Walking Dead' Star Andrew Lincoln Talks Rick And Carol's Relationship, Praises Melissa McBride's Acting
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(Photo : Getty Images/Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images/Frazer Harrison) "The Walking Dead" star Andrew Lincoln, who called Melissa McBride an "extraordinary" actress, likened Rick and Carol\'s bond to Othello and Iago\'s relationship.
As viewers of "The Walking Dead" know, Rick and Carol don\'t always agree on things. For instance, Rick kicked her out of the prison in Season 4 after discovering that it was her who killed Karen and David. But since the group learned about Alexandria, it\'s pretty apparent that the duo has been on the same page more than ever.
In a recent interview with International Business Times UK, Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick on the hit AMC show, offered an explanation on why his character and Melissa McBride\'s Carol felt more connected to one other in the second half of the recently concluded Season 5 of the show.
Lincoln said that everybody in the group has adjusted -- to some degree -- to the life inside the gated community except for Rick and Carol, because they both believe that they shouldn\'t be putting their guards down.
"[Rick and Carol] are on high alert and they have to be for the sake of the group," the 41-year-old actor said. "And I feel like that they\'re [just] waiting for everybody else to catch up."
"She\'s a very complicated cat," he said of McBride\'s character. "And [Rick and Carol\'s] relationship is a completely different thing. It\'s almost like Othello and Iago."
The "Love Actually" actor then went on to praise McBride\'s acting chops, saying "I love [doing] scenes with Melissa. She\'s an alien actress. She\'s one of those extraordinary talents."
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"Every scene with her is just fun. You don\'t know what she\'s going to give and you don\'t know how you\'re going to respond," the British actor said before adding, "She scares us."
Carol was supposed to be killed off in the first half of Season 3. But it is believed that producers saw something in McBride\'s performance that made them decide to further explore her character.
For instance, executive producer Greg Nicotero told Atlanta Journal Constitution in October that the power of McBride\'s performance blows him away. "She has this vulnerability, a sensitivity. She feels like someone you can reach out to," he said of the 49-year-old actress.
McBride won a Saturn award and was nominated for a Critics\' Choice award in 2014 for her outstanding performance on the show. But the Lexington, Kentucky-born actress did not expect these recognitions at all.
"It was a huge surprise," she told Entertainment Weekly in January. "It feels really good to have your work recognized... It\'s surreal, humbling, and it felt really nice to be able to take one for the group because there aren\'t enough awards for this show, I don\'t think. This cast and this crew do a phenomenal job."
"The Walking Dead" is expected to return for its Season 6 in October.
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