Blaine Rincon portrays one of Gavin’s Savior crew who picks up the bounty from the Kingdom. I call him the Silent Savior because he’s never uttered a word but gets the message across just by his facial expressions, stance, and, of course, that gun pointed at whomever. Even though I’ve featured this video before, I want you to watch it again. You will see Blaine several times, standing in front of the pickup truck in the short-sleeved black shirt, usually behind Jared. He’s not talking but I don’t think anyone has any doubt as to his meaning when he raises his gun. (You can read all about Jared played by Joshua Mikel here.)
We haven’t seen a lot of Blaine onscreen at this point and we definitely haven’t heard from this Silent Savior, but he opened up and told us all about himself in his answers to my baker’s dozen of questions.
Where were you born and where did you grow up?
I’m a small town Southern boy. I was born in Ozark, Alabama, but grew up in South Georgia. Boston, Georgia, to be exact. (pop. about 1400)
How did you get into acting?
I moved to Atlanta a few years ago for work. I started seeing all kinds of ads for extras and background actors. I thought, “Well, I’ll never be able to get into that!” I talked briefly to a casting company at one of the first Walker Stalker Comicons here in Atlanta, and he said, “Man, just find the calls and keep applying!” So I did. Before long I was on a couple of movie sets. That sparked my interest. It went from there.
Was it always your dream to become an actor?
When I was a kid, I used to imagine it. I always wondered how did they discover people? Was it luck? How can someone get there when the biggest play in the area was the church play?? I thought it was fascinating. On the other hand, it scared me to death to even think about it because I was one of the most introverted kids around and had a very low self-image. Plus, I was a little scrawny as a kid. I was overly intimidated.
What was your very first acting role?
The VERY first was a shepherd in the aforementioned church play. LOL. The first time I was on a set I was a bar patron, waaayyy in the back. The first time I ever appeared on screen? The Walking Dead S7 E2.
How did you get the role of a Savior?
There was a casting call for big, mean-looking guys. I figured I could fit that part. I wasn’t sure what it was, but I tried for it. When I got the email that said, “Welcome to the Walking Dead Season 7,” I went through the roof with excitement. HA!
Is it hard for a nice guy like you to play a mean Savior?
Not hard at all. I have 3 daughters. One grown and two in high school. Over the years I’ve developed the ‘dad glare’ where sometimes I didn’t even have to say anything when they were misbehaving. Then there’s the ‘dad at the door to meet their boyfriend’ look. I just called on these experiences on set. When you do that, its easy to look mean and irritated.
Did you do anything special to prepare for the role, like having a backstory of any kind in your own mind, maybe one that would help justify why he was part of the Saviors?
ABSOLUTELY. I have in mind an entire backstory, and still think of it like this. My character was a career military man. He liked the structure, the order, and the necessity of a hierarchical ranking system. When he met the Saviors he saw what he had lost when the world fell apart-an order to chaos, a system of governing, however harsh it may seem, that he could relate to and fit in. It was a means of survival, and in the apocalypse, survival is everything. I also think he and the rest of Gavin’s Saviors are totally loyal to Gavin, but not necessarily to Negan. If that makes any sense to you.
Were you a The Walking Dead fan before landing the role?
Still am! I missed the first two seasons due to a work schedule, but once I got the chance I caught up rather quickly. Clear from Season 3 is still one of my favorite episodes until S7 E13. Which in a sense is a sequel to Clear to me.
What has been your favorite acting role?
Definitely being a Savior.
Who has been an inspiration to you in your life and acting career?
That would be my daughters when they were in the toddler years. I loved how they approached life at that age with wonderment and excitement about everything. They also accepted everyone for who they were, and didn’t care about status or color. That’s a lesson for all of us, and the entire world, if you ask me.
Were there any funny or memorable behind the scene moments you experienced?
One was after I saw where Khary Payton and Carlos Navarro had taken a selfie and I realized I was in the background. I sent a message to him and said. “Hey, Khary! Man, if you guys want a pic of me, you don’t have to act like you are taking a selfie, just ask.” Yeah, I have a very sarcastic sense of humor. Also, in case of an Apocalypse I’m going to have go the route Glenn chose and snag a new Challenger from the dealership or something like that. That red SUV Gavin has been given is a POS. On the set we had the hardest time starting it. We are the Saviors! How come we’re not rolling up in an Escalade??
NOTE TO AMC: Yeah, excellent question, Blaine, that makes sense! Why do all the cars everyone rides around in look like they’re from a salvage yard?? There must be thousands of Escalades, BMW’s, Mercedes, and more lying around, so why the hoopties?
Do you have any new acting roles in your future?
Not at the moment. I’m about to finish an acting class and I wanted to have full concentration on that. But I have big goals for this year.
Is there anything you can tell all us fans about yourself that we don’t know?
Hmmm. I’m not sure what I can tell you.
I’m an animal person. (7 cats, 1 dog, and a bearded dragon).
I’m a car guy.
You know where I grew up but what you may not know is I spent most of my adult life as an airbrush artist in Panama City Beach, Florida.
And, I also have a BFA degree in painting and drawing from the University of West Florida.
Wow, Blaine! You should have shared some of your airbrush art with us fans. Do you have any The Walking Dead artwork you’ve done? The below photo certainly does look like an artist, in every sense of the word, be in airbrush, painting, drawing, or acting.
What will happen to the Silent Savior in the last of Season 7? Will he survive the war? Will he finally speak? Tune in with me to The Walking Dead on AMC at 9/8C Sunday night and tell me your thoughts @sassypoo.