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Get ready to say goodbye to another regular character from The Walking Dead this season.
In his column Ask Ausiello, TVLine’s Michael Ausiello has promised that a series regular will get the ax in the upcoming third season of the hit AMC drama. The longtime TV reporter is typically reliable with his scoops, so prepare to bid farewell to one of our favorite survivors of the zombie apocalypse.
“I can confirm that a series regular will become zombie kibble during Season 3, but whether that death takes place in the first half or second half I can’t say,” he writes.
Time to let the guessing game begin. The Walking Dead hasn’t stayed especially close to the comics over the past two seasons, so don’t expect the deaths in the TV series to necessarily line up with those in the source material. With that being said, we know that at least one actress from the show has wishes her character would get her comic book death. Spoilers lie ahead.
“I’ve said from the beginning, not only am I OK with Lori dying but I think she has to,” Sarah Wayne Callies told The Hollywood Reporter in July. “I’ve played this character with an eye toward an end.”
For those of you unfamiliar with the comics, Callies’ character Lori (wife to main character Rick) and her newborn daughter get killed by the Governor, a character introduced this season. Lori’s daughter hasn’t been born in the show yet, but that doesn’t mean she won’t die in a similar way.
“I argued [to former showrunner Frank Darabont] that it was necessary to kill Lori and I feel very strongly that, for all of the other deviations we may have from the comic book, killing Lori does something to Rick that is vital for the story and can’t be done any other way,” Callies said.
There are plenty of other characters who could get knocked off, too. In addition to Rick and Lori, there’s their son Carl and fellow survivors Andrea, Glenn, Daryl, T-Dog, Carol, Maggie and Hershel. Merle Dixon will return this season as well, and new characters The Governor and Michonne will be introduced. Even though Callies wants Lori to get killed off (and many fans likely do too at this point), showrunner Glen Mazzara told IFC that there’s no guarantee it will happen.
“All of these folks want a big glorious death. They do. They want a memorable [death],” he said. “If you look at what we did with Shane’s death and Dale’s death, those were really emotional moments and what’s nice about our show is when you see deaths in a horror movie, you really don’t cry the way you do on our show when you lose a beloved character. So I think everyone loves working on the show, everyone’s happy, all of that stuff, but yeah they all want their big moment. They want to go out in a blaze of glory.”
The Walking Dead returns to AMC on Oct. 14.