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The Best Characters on Television

From 'The Office' to 'The Walking Dead,' this season's most memorable scene-stealers
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Andrew Lincoln as Sheriff Rick Grimes - 'The Walking Dead'

As Rick Grimes, the stoic sheriff on AMC's zombie hit The Walking Dead, Andrew Lincoln doesn't look like a guy who should be ass-deep in rotting human flesh. In fact, the 38-year-old British actor looks like he should be a heartthrob doctor on a hospital drama, not a zombie killer with the fate of the human race resting on his gore-splattered shoulders. But that's why Lincoln is so brilliant as Grimes: This is a nice guy called on to do brutal things, and he loathes himself for getting so good at it. "Walking Dead raises an interesting moral issue," he says. "Whether or not it's worth surviving if it's necessary to lose your humanity in order to live."

Lincoln is a little wimpy on set in Atlanta: "There are helicopter-size bugs down here that scare the living daylights out of a British guy." So how would he handle a zombie invasion? "Two words: very badly. You ask my wife or my parents, and they would just go: useless." But what about his father-in-law, Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull? How would he fare against the shambling hordes? "A lot better than me," Lincoln says. "At some point, Ian has probably considered a zombie apocalypse, so I'm sure he's got a contingency plan. It would probably involve a small Scottish island, a lot of guns and a helicopter."

By Sean Woods

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