Last night, The Walking Dead finally returned to the AMC airwaves after a brief hiatus, to close out the remainder of Season 3 with the final eight episodes. The network has released a promo, two clips, and two photos from next week's episode, "Home", airing Sunday, February 17 at 9 PM ET. We also have a clip of the most "talked about scene" from last night's midseason premiere, "The Suicide King", where we see how mentally damaged Rick (Andrew Lincoln) really is while meeting with Tyreese (Chad Coleman). Take a look at these videos and photos, then read on to see what executive producer Glen Mazzara had to say about last night's episode. Be warned, if you haven't watched last night's episode, there will be spoilers throughout the rest of this article.
As you can see in this last video from "The Suicide King", Rick (Andrew Lincoln) is starting to lose it, having visions of his late wife Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies). Glen Mazzara revealed that Andrew Lincoln had questioned that scene, although the executive producer reveals that it was set up in a previous episode where Rick receives a phantom phone call, followed by a moment in the midseason finale where Rick sees a vision of the deceased Shane (Jon Bernthal).
"When that script came out, he called me and questioned it. He wondered if that was within the type of storytelling we were doing. I thought it was completely set up because his original hallucination was on the phone, related to his wife. [In the midseason finale] we had the visual hallucination of Shane, so now to go for this classic horror vision of a ghostly figure in a wedding dress, I'm drawing on Edgar Allan Poe. That is a classic horror trope. I don't believe Andy is a horror fan; I sort of talked him through this and said, 'You'll have to trust me.' It was different for us to do a scene for us, but what worked was his performance. He was so distraught, it affects him to make the wrong decision and cast Tyreese out, so that vision isn't just there as a shock moment; it affects the character."