'The Walking Dead' season 7B plot news: Andrew Lincoln shares his take on season's first half and on what's about to come

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Almost every “The Walking Dead” fan can agree that the mid-season finale of the highly-acclaimed series was tearjerking and ghastly. Even cast members felt a heavy weight in their hearts while filming the first half of the seventh season.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Andrew Lincoln, like Norman Reedus, gave away his impression about the violently agitating first half of the season.

“This was such a painful season until that point. That was the highlight of the first half of the season for me,” Lincoln asserted. He played the protagonist Rick Grimes and the leader of the “good guys” in the show.

“It sucks for that first half of the season to be a guy that led this group for so long and they’ve been not without their trials and tribulations but there’s always been some semblance of hope in Rick and to have that beaten out of him is heartbreaking,” the British actor shared. “I did not enjoy filming on set. I was not a happy camper,” he added.

It should be noted that last season, Rick had lost two of his dedicated comrades Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) after the ruthless Negan (Jeffrey Morgan) brutally slaughtered them.

However, they’re maybe few in numbers now, but their extremely strong will to survive has pushed Rick’s team to rise up. In the last part of episode 8, Rick’s fractured group reunited. Daryl (Norman Reedus) handed him the gun, and the group has decided to overthrow Negan. Lincoln described that he’s thrilled knowing that they’re back together again.

In the series, Rick has always been the man-in-control of everything, and he usually did not care about other’s ideas. However, in the season finale, he met Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and told her that he is ready to listen now. The 43-year-old actor stated that his character has finally learned his lesson about decision-making, compassion, and foresight.

The retaliation will commence as the “The Walking Dead” season 7 returns on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.