The most recent episode of “The Walking Dead” featured not one, but two huge deaths. Comic book creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman talked to E! Online on Nov. 4 about the two deaths and what they mean for the show moving forward.
First of all, the big shocking death was that of Lori. This comes as a surprise because it was a major departure from the comic book. In the comics, she had the baby but then was gunned down, with the baby in hand, by The Governor later in the series. In the TV show, she apparently died after an emergency cesarean by an unqualified Maggie.
The big question is whether or not she is really dead. The show made it look like Carl shot her to keep her from turning, but it was off-screen and only Carl knows for sure if he really put the bullet in his mother. Kirkman said not to even think about it, because Carl did shoot his mother.
“We didn’t think we could get through that prison riot-with-zombies kind of thing without losing a few characters,” Kirkman said. “So, when we sat down to figure out who was going to go [we thought about] the things that Lori’s death does to Carl and Rick but also to Maggie and other characters. It’s really important that we focus on that kind of stuff and I think that death gives us the most story coming out of it. So, that’s what we did!”
The next death was to T-Dog, who was not part of the comics and was a perfect character to use when keeping comic readers wondering where the story was going next.
“I think T-Dog really stepped up this season and was extremely heroic and we really wanted him to go out with a hero’s death,” Kirkman said. “The fact that he knew that he was dead but still tried to do whatever he could to hopefully save Carol – although it is pretty ambiguous as to what exactly happened to her. But, yeah, we wanted to show someone really just making a sacrifice and doing whatever he could to protect someone.”
“The Walking Dead” airs on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. EST on AMC.
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Shawn S. Lealos is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle, the professional film critics’ organization of Oklahoma. He is also working on a book about the Stephen King dollar babies called “Dollar Deal.” To read more of his writing, visit shawnlealos.net.