By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol
4:42 PM CDT, September 6, 2013
Before Andrew Lincoln fought zombies in "The Walking Dead," he was fighting terrorists as the leader of the British counter-terrorism unit Section 20.
Lincoln starred alongside Richard Armitage in "Chris Ryan’s Strike Back," which aired in Britain in 2010 on Sky and led to the "Strike Back" currently airing its third season on Cinemax.
Americans will finally get to see that original six-episode series that my British Twitter followers always bring up when Cinemax presents it as "Strike Back Origins" beginning at 9 p.m. CT Oct. 25, a week after the Season 3 finale.
"Origins," which is based on the book series by former British Special Forces soldier Chris Ryan, tells the story of John Porter (Armitage), an SAS soldier who sees connections between a current hostage situation and a 2003 mission he ran in Iraq. He appeals to his former team member Hugh Collinson (Lincoln), who now runs Section 20, to let him join the rescue mission. Collinson has had a successful military career since since their original mission went awry, while Porter’s life has fallen apart.
Fans of the first season of Cinemax's "Strike Back" will remember Porter as the soldier whose capture set off the action of that season. Section 20 head Col. Eleanor Grant (Amanda Mealing) brought in U.S. Special Forces soldier Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) to work with Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) and the team. Scott previously ran a mission with Porter in Iraq and had knowledge of their target, a terrorist named Latif.
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