Speaking to New York Magazine, Lincoln explained that he enjoyed filming the series and became as close to the crew as the characters in the show become to each other.
"I hope people have as much fun watching this as we did making it," he said. "You know the graphic novel - its [a] brutal, raw, ruthless, exposed world that we inhabit. And so there's a band of us that eventually get together - it's kind of a ragtag band of misfits that are somehow surviving.
"Something about actually filming that is very similar. It's 150 people sweating. You become this family. Sometimes the family is more dysfunctional than others. But this one was a really good family."
Lincoln also revealed that he has loved playing such a dark character, saying: "He moves from this slightly dysfunctional, quiet, taciturn leader - not even a leader, he's a small-town sheriff - into another person, and the darkness appears within him. Many times he is put in the corner.
"And that's the great attraction about playing someone like that, who is constantly evolving, or devolving, or being corrupted, or eroded. That's what we all are. We're all changing daily. Morally we can be changed by any human interaction. Particularly in the world that they are inhabiting, where everything is so extreme, so life or death."
The Walking Dead continues on Sundays at 10/9c on AMC in the US and on Fridays at 10pm on FX in the UK.