‘The Walking Dead’ Producer Discusses Additional Season 3 Character Deaths

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Although there was plenty of hoopla leading up to the introduction of fan-favorite characters the Governor (David Morrissey) and Michonne (Danai Gurira), AMC’s The Walking Dead garnered significant attention during the first half of season 3, following the surprising deaths of two key characters.

Following the upheaval caused by showrunner Glen Mazzara’s pending departure from the series, it looks as though a few more cast members may be leaving the show as well in the second half of the season.

Co-executive producer Greg Nicotero spoke recently at the Golden Globes about the ramifications to the group led by Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), after their violent encounter with the survivors holed up in the community of Woodbury.

*WARNING: Spoilers ahead for the first half of season 3*

At the end of its midseason finale, The Walking Dead teased a serious act of vengeance by the Governor and his well-armed associates upon Grimes’ crew, who had recovered Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan), but lost its resident tough guy, Daryl (Norman Reedus), in the aforementioned skirmish. AMC recently released a midseason poster featuring Rick, a bandaged Governor and the ominous tagline “An Eye For an Eye,” which plainly suggests there will be punishment for what transpired.

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Almost certainly referencing the deaths of T-Dog (IronE Singleton) and Lori Grimes (Sarah Wayne Callies), Nicotero discussed how the series’ stakes have been raised, and what that means for the characters, now that the core group of survivors finds themselves battling adversaries who are both living and dead.

Nicotero said:

“We’ve established a certain scenario on our show where nobody is safe – and certainly in the back-half of our season, it doesn’t get easy for anybody. We have the whole Woodbury community with the Governor and our principal cast. We’ll probably end our season minus a cast member or two.”

He goes on to suggest that the fight between the Governor and Rick’s group won’t be a one-and-done kind of deal, either. In fact, the conflict may once again find its way into the streets of Woodbury, which will no doubt have something to do with the fact that Andrea (Laurie Holden), Daryl and his brother Merle (Michael Rooker) are among the survivors there.

Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker in The Walking Dead The Walking Dead Producer Discusses Additional Season 3 Character Deaths

“[The fight] moves around a lot; it’s very possible there might be another attack on Woodbury. The beauty is you’re not confined to one location, even though we spend a lot of our season at Woodbury or the prison. The bottom line is that we’ve established the conflict between the Governor and Rick, and we’ll explore that a lot more in the second half.”

While some may not be too keen to see familiar characters exit the show, such willingness to remove prominent cast members and bring in fresh faces has been a boon to the series in season 3. In addition to opening up space for new characters like Tyreese (Chad Coleman), it has helped alleviate some of the criticism the series faced,  concerning the public’s perception of Lori, whose actions and characterizations had become a favorite target of ridicule across many media outlets and Internet comment sections.

Of course, Nicotero is very coy in his comments, thankfully giving little in the way of hints as to which character might be on the proverbial chopping block. So, until the end is actually met by one or more characters, all fans can do is let the speculation begin.

The Walking Dead returns Sunday, February 10 @9pm with ‘The Suicide King’ on AMC.

Source: THR

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  1. I’m just wondering when we are going to see Lori again, either dead or alive. There was absolutely no trace of her left, which makes absolutely no sense, unless the writing was that poor. No, she could not have been eaten whole.

    • But that’s not what the scene implied.

      I agree that not even a Zombie is physically capable of devouring even a small person (bones and all no less) but she was the only fresh meat in the room. Maybe a bones and hanging flesh corpse would have been a bit too gruesome for the censors so they just didn’t show anything?

      Lori is gone, gone.

      • “Too gruesome for the censors”…have you been watching this show? Haha. Don’t mistake me…I don’t want to see her again, unless she is one of the walkers.

        • I know but what possible other explanation could there be? I can’t imagine them being so stupid as to think a zombie could, “eat the whole thing”.

          I really was expecting to see at least some bones with meat on them laying around but……

    • According to the producers, she was.

    • dude the zombie that was fat in the boiler room. when rick went to go find her after. actually ate her completely. which is why he was so fat to begin with.

      • If that was the writers’ intent, it was moronic. So all of Lori was in his little belly?!

      • My initial response to you is awaiting moderation (?), so let me rephrase it. If that was the intent of the writers, then it was not smart, because she could not possibly fit in his stomach.

    • According to a program of Talking Dead, she is dead, with no ifs, ands, or buts about it.

  2. …I don’t know…she was really thin lmao

    • Not thin enough to fit in one stomach, and who else have we seen that has been completely consumed…no one. Either poor writing, or we may see her again as a walker.

      • Jeff… You’re not gonna believe this… But this is a fictional show. If we were going to split hairs on what’s possible and not possible, we’ll have to start far before its implied that a zombie devours all of Lori. Or you could stop being ridiculous.

        • It’s a fictional show…really? Oh, thanks Trav, for explaining that. Now, in this fictional show, could you please explain how Lori was eaten whole? Thanks. In addition, there are plenty of other discussions going on this website and others that could use your reminder that movies and TV shows are just fictional…

          • The Talking Dead episode that showed afterwards had one of the people who worked on the show state that the walker did eat Lori. He never really said that she was consumed whole, but he said that the walker dragged her over to the area where the walker was having its food coma, so maybe her remains were just out of sight. And I don’t think we’d need to worry about her turning into a walker. I’m pretty sure Carl finished her.

          • I think the point Jeff is trying to make is that there are many more elements present in this show that can be considered even more unbelievable than the fact that a single walker at all of Lori.

            • I mean Travis…the point Travis is trying to make.

          • And who says that the ONE zombie was the only one to eat Lori? Play this scenario out in your head and move on.

            A group of zombies discover the body of Lori. They devour her entirely, but one zombie ate much more than the others.

      • @Jeff: I completely agree with you, man. I’m not convinced that the zombie consumed her all by itself, either. Honestly, I’m not even convinced that she’s gone. I think she’s still out there. There was never any hard evidence that she died. You never saw Carl actually shoot her, you just heard the gunshot. If she truly is gone, then, like you said, it was very poor writing…or she’s a walker.

        • Agreed, Redyr. This is a show that has not shied away from showing anything, so why not show her getting shot by her son, or getting eaten, or some of her remains on the floor? I think someone wanted to leave the door open to her return as a walker, and that would be a traumatic moment for Rick if he eventually happens upon her…

          • I’m so glad someone else shares the same theory as myself. I definitely feel that seeing Rick encounter a zombified Lori would make for the most dramatic scene so far on The Walking Dead.

            • General rule in TV…if you didn’t see it (and sometimes even when you do), it didn’t necessarily happen. They could be waiting for her “unveil” as a walker for the end of the season, as a dramatic cliffhanger.

              • Oh yeah. Especially in film. I’ve been fooled many times by seeing something that didn’t happen, or vice versa. I feel like that is a high possibility for a season finale cliffhanger, and wouldn’t be surprised if that’s the path they take.

          • @Jeff sorry the writers did not give in to your perverse desire to see a son shoot his mother on screen, maybe you should look at that………

            • Nobody considers that maybe NOT showing Carl shoot Lori and just hearing the gunshot MIGHT have been for dramatic effect…

        • Lori as a walker is a conspiracy theory. Please stop bringing it up.

  3. It will be interesting to see how close the show comes to the books. The rumor I read that is that Mazzara wanted to kill off Rick Grimes. That is very daring, but he is the central character and the compass of the show. I know that they will have to kill off others. It’s a shame that they made Lori’s character so unlikeable and Andrea is just clingy with the wrong men. The funny thing was how different they made the female characters. Carol on the show is much stronger than the book and Andrea in the comic was no nonsense and would not make stupid choices. I’m hoping that they do follow the comic in bringing other characters who were pretty compelling on board.

    • what i heard is that robert kirman is killing off rick grimes in issue 150 anyway which is going to suck big time i will stop reading the comic when that happens. but i hope they keep the story pretty close to the comic

  4. Kirkman has said several times that with all they’ve put Rick through in the books, the only outcome for him IS to die…. But that is the books.

    Personally I think they will kill Herschel, Axel (the prisoner), and the group with Tyreese before the end of the season… those are the easy picks

    Rick, Carl, Michonne, Glenn,and Maggie are going to be safe…. Maggie’s little sister (even though killed off in the books) I think will stay alive to take over that Sophia role that was in the book.

    Tyreese I think will survive for now, even though the book he didn’t at this point… reason being, he came on to late to make an impact other than “next Black guy to go” on the show… He has to BE the Tyreese role in the book to make it stick

    Andrea and Carol I’m 50/50 on…. I can see them both surviving or getting killed off.

    Judith, I can see a crazy scene where Zombie Lori comes and kills her… off screen of course.

    Now here’s where I get crazy….. Even though it will be a Negative Fan Outcry…. I can really see them killing off Darryl…. I know it sounds crazy, but in order to advance the story, and give the group a sense of vulnerability, you have to take out the guy that everyone feels will always come in and clean up the mess and save the day…. Darryl is that guy. If they take him out, Rick will have to turn to someone else (Tyreese, fulfilling his comic role), and the group dynamic changes (they may not feel as safe and secure anymore). Again, probably wont happen, but I can see it… and truth is, at some point EVERYONE will have to go

    • I don’t see them killing Daryl to be honest, I expect he and his brother will escape and go their own way.

      I can’t see Daryl trying to meet up with Rick as he knows they wouldn’t accept Merle back and I just have a feeling in my gut they won’t kill him off.

      Live or die, I think season 3 is the last we’ll see of him.

    • I thought that was the purpose of Shane’s death. He was the central strong character who could take care of himself, and still died. And T-Dog was pretty strong, I thought his death showed vulnerability too.

  5. The governor is gonna kill Rick’s baby, can’t think of her name at the moment, calling it now though.

  6. all of tyreese’s cronies are screwed. they’re gonna die.

    I want Andrea to die cuz she sucks.

    If they kill darryl or glenn or rick I’m gonna rage.

    hershels safe. they’ll keep him around as long as possible so they can use injuries as plot devices and add suspense to the episodes. if they kill off their doctor then nobody can get injured cuz there will be no way to heal them.

    • Hershel has taught Carol all the important things though – she can just as easily fill that role.

    • I agree! Well, sort of. If Darryl dies, then they CAN’T kill Glenn or Rick, and if Glenn dies, they CAN’T kill Darryl or Rick. If Rick dies, well, I think you guys get the point. I can handle one of them dying, but I think killing any of the other two would be a terrible idea, and wouldn’t be good for the show.

      As for Andrea, I wanted her to die a LONG time ago. I started to like her again at the end of season 2, but in season 3, she started pissing me off again! I don’t understand why people hated Lori so much though. Yeah, she was a little irritating this season, but Andrea is a freaking idiot!

    • Carol fixed Herschel remember and they can always come across someone with medical background such as Morgan Jones and he did put Rick back together and in the comics Andrea ends up hooking up with Rick so I am thinking the Governor is going to get his head handed to him or maybe Michonne puts it in a fish tank. I can see Carol, Beth and Herschel and the Governor, Milton, and Tyreese’s group except Tyreese going down to end season 3. This will open up a new antagonist for Rick’s group in season 4 and also opens the door for Andrea and Rick to hook up……

  7. IMO Rick is the only on who can be thought of as relatively safe. At least for another couple of seasons.
    Unless he tries to negotiate for a hefty pay hike. AMC won’t let that happen. :)