Big Sky spoilers follow.
John Carroll Lynch has addressed his Big Sky character's brutal demise in the latest episode.
As fans of the US crime drama will know, dodgy sheriff Rick Legarski originally survived a gunshot to the head earlier in the season – seemingly faking brain damage in the aftermath – but Rick's wife Merilee couldn't stand for the injustice after all of his evil dealings.
So after getting his skull caved in with a hammer, the Legarski actor got chatting to TVLine.
"I have a feeling there will be no more flashbacks," he laughed, when asked if this was truly the end for him on the show.
As for whether he saw this particular death coming, the actor went on to reveal: "No. Under no circumstance. I didn't know in Episode 8 that would be it for him. No idea.
"I sent a two-word email to [executive producers] Ross [Fineman] and Matt [Gross] and David [E. Kelley]: 'Perfect. Just perfect.' It was a perfect way for him to go.
"And her saying, 'The idea of you getting out of this? I just can't deal with.' I think she speaks for America when she says that. The idea of Rick Legarski getting away with it is too much."
Meanwhile, Rick's secret room is still yet to be located by the sheriff's department.
Lynch commented: "For all the hatefulness, you've gotta give Rick Legarski credit: That guy could lie. He was a very good liar. For years. And it must've been based on some level of truth.
"You don't fool people for that long without it starting out as something, the description of him being Dudley Do-Right is accurate. Something went terribly, terribly wrong. And it's very evocative of recent history.
"Like, how did we get here? How did this person get to the choices that he made? It seems heartbreaking, in a way, that he did. But he did. And people do."
Big Sky airs on ABC in the US. It doesn't currently have a UK broadcaster, but is due to premiere on Disney+ as part of STAR's launch on the service on February 23.
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