Exclusive: Andrew Lincoln talks 'The Ones Who Live' UK release in this exclusive interview

'The Ones Who Live' premieres across the UK today and I sat down with Andrew Lincoln to discuss the release, Rick Grimes and on set pranks.
Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes - The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live _ Season 1, Episode 3 - Photo Credit: AMC
Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes - The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live _ Season 1, Episode 3 - Photo Credit: AMC /

Today marks the premiere of The Ones Who Live in the UK, so fans can finally catch up on the continuation of the epic love story between Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) in her attempt to reunite with the love of her life. Sky and NOW TV recently announced a long-term partnership with AMC Networks regarding TWDU and will have exclusive coverage of all eleven seasons of the mothership show, with the spin-offs arriving later in the year. But at 9 pm GMT tonight on Sky Max, UK viewers can catch the first episode of this long-awaited series.

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes - The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live _ Season 1, Episode 6 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC /

It has been a long time coming for UK fans to have access to TWD spin-offs, and the 'long-term' deal with Sky and NOW TV has us excited for the future. So, it is an ideal time to binge-watch the main series and prepare for the incredible journey we will embark on with The Ones Who Live across the coming week on Sky Max. If you cannot wait to sink your teeth into more undead, apocalyptic action, then head to NOW TV to watch all six episodes.

In light of the recent partnership between TWDU with Sky and Now TV; I had the pleasure of sitting down with Rick Grimes himself, the legendary Andrew Lincoln, to discuss how it feels that fans in the UK can now stream the series. But I also wanted to know if the iconic prank war between the cast continues. And Andrew gave us a fantastic behind-the-scenes story, and it involves velour!

Exclusive: Andrew Lincoln Interview

Lincoln explained how after a long wait and delay, he is pleased that fans can now experience this incredible story in the UK:

"There were lots of exciting aspects to this show, that we really couldn't wait for the British public to see."

He continued to joke that he is happy that no one will 'stop him in the street' to ask about a British air date. He then continued, when asked about a slightly darker version of Rick Grimes emerging, to say that he sees Rick as an "emotional contortionist" and that was a big pull to him returning to play the iconic role. Lincoln then describes the series as being a "bigger and more epic scale than what we are used to" when discussing the series.

"If there were another opportunity to tell this story, I quite like the idea of pairing it really right back down to basics again"

Lincoln goes on to describe how Season 1 of the Mothership series had that stripped-back horror feel, and he would love to explore that more, should there be more opportunity for Rick Grimes to return. Although his ideal filming location is Hawaii so there can be "surfs up, zombie style" brought to the TWDU. I then asked Lincoln about the viral prank he played on co-star Danai Gurira, which she shared on her social media pages involving lots of velour.

"It was probably Ricky Dicky Doo Dah Grimes!"

Lincoln recounts the hilarious days on set between the cast on a "Sopranos day" and how Danai had a few tricks up her sleeve to retaliate back. And that she did! And you can catch the hilarious first-hand recount in the full, exclusive interview above.

The Ones Who Live airs exclusively on Sky Max in the UK tonight at 9 pm. All six episodes are available to stream now with a NOW TV subscription.