'The Walking Dead' Star Sarah Wayne Callies Talks the Repercussions of Shane's Death (VIDEO)
To put it lightly, the moment when Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) killed Shane (Jon Berthnal) on AMC’s The Walking Dead was a turning point for the relationship between Rick and his wife Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies).
Already in a tense situation after learning that Lori had slept with Shane (and is presumably pregnant with his baby), this shocking incident in the Season 2 finale changed it all.
While it seemed that Lori was almost angry with Rick after Shane’s death, Callies told Celebuzz on the red carpet at The Walking Dead premiere in Universal City, Calif. that that is most definitely not the case.
What did Callies say about the fallout over Shane's death?
“In some ways, [Shane's death] was a big win," Callies told us. "Lori wants her husband, but he’s going to get killed if he’s not careful. He’s careful. He doesn’t get killed; he eliminates a threat that’s all great. But then Rick says ‘I wanted to do it. I wanted him out of the way.' And I think that frightens her because she thinks 'God, maybe he’s turning into Shane in the act of killing him so she pulls back from him.’"
She explained, “In that moment what he needed her to do is to wrap her arms around him and say ‘I love you, you’re a good man, you did what you had to do.‘ It’s not Shane dying that comes between them. It’s that moment of her being afraid that he’s turning into a monster and her recoiling from him. That’s the moment that sets a spiral going down between them.”
Understandably, Rick and Lori’s situation seems insurmountable when Season 3 picks up as our group of survivors leaves the farm with a pregnant Lori. Where will we see Lori as the season begins?
“I think in the first episode she is desperate to make sure she isn’t a burden to anyone,” she told us. “I think it really matters to her that she never say I’m tired or I’m hungry or I need help because she doesn’t want anyone to put themselves at risk for her. She’s also heartbroken over what appears to be the dissolution of her marriage.”told us at the premiere there is hope for the couple.
Callies, 35, told us, “I‘m a big fan of Rick and Lori and I think they belong together. I think they’re going to spend this season trying to find one another again.”
As for her response to critics and fans that may think that her character has been a drag on the rest of the survivors, she disagreed. “I’ve never thought Lori was anything but strong," she said. "I’ve always thought she was an incredibly complicated character and I’m proud of that.”
The actress also talked about Lori’s relationship with her son Carl (Chandler Riggs) which she calls “the most complicated relationship in the show this season.”
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You can watch Callie’s entire interview above and other interviews from The Walking Dead premiere below.
Season 3 of The Walking Dead premieres on Sunday at 9 PM on AMC.
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