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AMC’s The Walking Dead Will Lose Another Key Character This Season

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.


  • Zombies rock

    The main story line for this show has been totally butchered. This show should have stuck with the original story line, i.e. followed the comics. What they did to season 2 was destroy almost all interest I had with the show to begin with. My GOD season 2 was just plain boring. You could watch season 2 in just 4 key episodes. I think it’s great that we finally get to meet The Govenor in the new season, but with the way this show has gone if season 3 is not spectacular (and I really emphasize the word spectacular) then why ruin the story any further with a fourth season.

  • Vincent Clarke

    My guess: T-Dog or Hershel. But they do like to stray and go off the page.

  • Chandra M. Jordan

    9 million viewers and the highest rated drama in basic cable history, that’s why. 

  • coalminds

    I’m glad they’ve deviated from the comic, I have no interest in seeing the same story on screen as I read on the page. Unfortunately it just isn’t too entertaining to me, the locations stay the same IMO clearly because of a low budget, which remains the great thing about comics – the special “effects” and settings are not bound by budget. On TV the story just feels small and slow, although it’s still more interesting than most shows. Also it’s just great to see a scripted show do this well, I was afraid reality TV was going to account for every show.

  • The Rocking Dead

    Please let it be Lori, please let it be Lori…

  • Braunrodman

    it’s fucking walking dead…this is why the show sucks (and pointing out that a lot of people watch it…is not proving that it’s good, read the first few chapters of Timequake it might help you get that)

  • Xaos

    If only there was a chance it might be Carl…

  • Ultra_Brabbnus

    Just get rid of T-Dog. What use has he been since the beginning really? ticking a PC box maybe?

  • Chanchanschumi

    i don’t want lori to die!i think it’ll be either t-dog or hershel..

  • Richard Casey

    I do hope Lori dies, but give us the whole season before it happens. End the season with the big fight that ultimately kills Lori. Better yet, they can jump ahead now and then, so we see the baby born, named, and then the siege happens. They COULD kill Lori while she’s pregnant, but my dark passenger kinda hopes they recreate her death faithfully, just for the reaction from people who don’t know it’s coming.

  • Billiam456

    At some point soon they have to kill Carl. Comic book be damned, hes a child actor and child actors age faster than the timeline of the shows over multiple seasons. by next year the kid will be 6 feet tall with a beard and receding hairline but they will still try to pretend hes only 12 years old or whatever. Sur ethey coudl replace him but people would notice and reject it. better to throw the curveball and kill karl instead of lori. 

  • Anj2099

     that lori’s a bitch get rick shacked with hottie!

  • Mou101

    I’m out of guesses since the show has deviated from the comic book series’ storyline–and I’m good with that. I’m enjoying both.

  • Bill Kasper

    The password is “Lori”

  • Bill Kasper

    Oh shut up.  You’ll watch season 3. You know it, I know it, we all know it.

  • AudioComics

    T-Dog. T-Dog accidently dropped the key to the handcuffs, leaving Merle at the hands of the walkers. You don’t think Merle’ll want retribution?

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  • Angle Deer0461

    I really like what they have done with the show can’t wait to see how it plays out

  • Yanks5179

    More people are watching one episode of the show than have bought the comics in all the issues combined on their release months, that’s why.