Andrew Lincoln promises more 'levity' when The Walking Dead returns

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May 4, 2017, 1:08 PM EDT (Updated)

The first half of The Walking Dead’s latest season was a fairly dour affair, but star Andrew Lincoln promises things will be lightening up when the show returns. Yeah, that’s right — levity.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly talking up the back half of Season 7, Lincoln admitted the show got pretty dark (even by Walking Dead standards), but fresh off all those hopeful smiles in the midseason finale, he says things will be changing for the better. He said Rick will finally have his edge back, and as all the groups come together against Negan, it’ll take on a Magnificent Seven vibe.

Check out an excerpt from his comments below:

“There’s a lot more levity, if you can believe that, than you’ve ever seen before in Mr. Grimes. There’s sort of a freedom in him, a feeling that comes from losing everything, and also the thrill of the fight. It’s the thrill of the fight again. He’s back in. All I’m saying is that the band is back together…

There are several episodes that I loved being involved in and it certainly feels very much more like a show that I knew and recognized in the back eight. I loved the episodes that I was in. It’s The Magnificent Seven in the back half. Rather, the magnificent eight episodes. Wait till [episode] 16. I promise you, there is one beat in 16, I dropped my script and started punching the air and did a little jig.”

The Walking Dead returns to AMC on Feb. 12.

What’s your take on Lincoln’s comments? 

(Via Entertainment Weekly)