Walking Dead fans have been saying for years that they would riot if Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) is ever killed on the series, and killing him would seem to be a very bad call on the part of the creative team headed by Robert Kirkman, given how Walking Dead fans have attached themselves to the crossbow-wielding loner. But Kirkman — who has previously said no one is safe from death on The Walking Dead — revealed at the New York Comic Con panel last week that there is one Walking Dead character he simply can’t kill off.
Hint: It isn’t Daryl. Get your riot gear ready, Norman Reedus fans, and prepare for spoilers.
Many Walking Dead fans might say Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) would be the one indispensable character as the series and group lead, but they would be wrong again. According to Vulture, Kirkman dropped the bomb on Walking Dead fans at New York Comic Con when he named an entirely different character he simply can’t kill.
“The Carol [Melissa McBride] that’s in the comic was my attempt to show just how broken an individual can become from the zombie apocalypse. The Carol in the show, which is a much better character let’s be honest, actually is made stronger by all the more horrible things that happen to her in the show. Killing her would definitely not … we can’t do that. Does anybody want Carol to die on the show?”
The audience shouted out a resounding “no” to the question, although there are always a few fans who have to be different, expressing a desire to see Carol leave The Walking Dead on a permanent exile.
Having said that, this shouldn’t be too surprising for most Walking Dead fans who’ve seen Carol survive an abusive husband, exile from the group, bust the whole Rick gang out of Terminus, MacGyver style, and then do her wolf in wolves clothing last week, defeating the Wolves with ingenuity when most of the so-called “strong” leaders were off doing the walker roundup. Face it, Walking Dead fans, the woman is unstoppable and unkillable so far.
Carol also takes care of killing those who need to be killed — even children — and bakes cookies. She didn’t even burn her casserole while she was slicing and dicing her way through the Wolves last week.
Last season on The Walking Dead, many important characters were killed off, including Tyreese (Chad Coleman) and Beth (Emily Kinney), causing great distress to fans once again as The Walking Dead writers have done pretty much every season. So far in Season 6, despite a huge herd of walkers and an attack by the Wolves, the core characters for The Walking Dead have remained intact through two episodes, but rumors run amok that will end Sunday night, when one of the original characters finally meets his end.
The internet is buzzing with rumors that Glenn (Steven Yeun) will finally die tonight in an entirely different way from The Walking Dead comic books, according to the Spoiling Dead. In the graphic novels, Glenn is killed by bad guy Negan, using his barbed wire-covered baseball bat named Lucille. Negan has not even come to the TV series yet, nor even officially cast for The Walking Dead.
While The Spoiling Dead has been pretty reliable with their spoilers in the past, this one seems a bit suspect to many Walking Dead fans, as Yeun remains active on set for filming. But the spoilers say he will die tonight by being devoured by walkers, after Nicholas (Michael Traynor) commits suicide.
Could Kirkman and company really be ready to kill off Glenn? With Yeun still on set, it’s hard to believe that’s true, and there are a few other possible explanations for the rumor. Some have speculated that it could be a dream sequence, or more likely, he only appears to be eaten by walkers, but does escape. Walking Dead fans need to be careful when reviewing spoilers, as the producers and writers can be very crafty at misleading them. And let’s hope for the sake of Glenn that’s the case tonight.
According to Vulture, Kirkman also discussed at New York Comic Con the high mortality rate of Walking Dead characters and actors, but it seems he’s not part of the “we’ll riot if Daryl dies” fan cult, or at least he likes to joke he isn’t.
“I regret all of [the deaths] and none of them at the same time. It’s harder with the show because the actors are involved and they’re like good people — most of them. Everyone but Norman [Reedus].”
Most Walking Dead fans would urge you to think real hard about that, Kirkman. The Walking Dead airs Sunday night on AMC.
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