Talking Dead 710: Clarifying Andrew Lincoln’s Star Wars “controversy”

Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) in episode 10Photo credit: Gene Page/AMC, The Walking Dead
Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) in episode 10Photo credit: Gene Page/AMC, The Walking Dead /

Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick makes a point to correct Andrew Lincoln’s Star Wars reference when it comes to that scene between Rick and Winslow.

When The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln compared his battle with Walker Winslow to a scene from Star Wars, Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick was quick to correct him in a good humored way.

Hardwick points out that everyone knows that the epic battle scene between Luke Skywalker and the Rancor was in Return of the Jedi, not Star Wars. (Please note the italics on the word “everyone” because that is meant to be tongue in cheek. Just to clarify…)

It’s quite possible that Lincoln was thinking of the scene where Luke, Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Princess Leia end up fighting a monster in a trash compactor. That scene was indeed in A New Hope, the first movie of the original Star Wars trilogy and it is very a propos given that Rick is battling a monster in the middle of a garbage heap.

Lincoln also references Mad Max and Star Trek, and it’s true that the Scavengers’ home is a lot like the desolate wasteland of the  Mad Max universe. And Rick’s battle with Winslow was also a lot like Captain Kirk’s fight against the Gorn in Star Trek.

That fight scene also reminds me of Tim Allen’s epic battle against the Rock Monster in Galaxy Quest.

It’s fun to watch Rick Grimes battle it out with Winslow and then look back at some of these classic fight scenes from beloved science fiction franchises and see how they influenced and inspired the scene.

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While Hardwick’s quest to clarify and correct Andrew Lincoln’s remarks were made in jest, there is a lot to be said about how the actual scene from “New Best Friends” clearly reflects a classic fight scene used time and time again in movies and television shows.