'The Walking Dead': Which 2 Beloved Characters Were Almost Lost In Season 3?

The Walking Dead midseason premiere is almost here, and fans can't wait! It airs on Valentine's Day, which is almost here. The cast and creators of the show spoke in a short video about the second half of the season, and Cinema Blend reports that Greg Nicotero of The Walking Dead has said the show and the gang have come to a crossroads.

"It's a tremendously exciting juncture that we've come into play on The Walking Dead which is this crossroads, and that our story's about to take a dramatic turn."

Part of the coming changes will be the new characters who will appear on the show. Tom Payne is a new addition to the cast and will be playing the character Jesus, a favorite from the comic book. Entertainment Weekly sat down with Payne and spoke about his experience on The Walking Dead. When asked how he would describe the character Jesus, Payne said he liked the level of control Jesus has.

"What I like about him is his control. He is physically and mentally capable, but is careful not to reveal his strengths too quickly. He has the measure of people pretty quickly upon meeting them and is always thinking about the best way to handle any situation he finds himself in. I'm very much looking forward to exploring the character further with the audience. It's an exciting road ahead."

The characters of The Walking Dead are really the heart of the show and the reason why fans keep tuning in. What might surprise many fans is that two of the most loved characters in The Walking Dead were almost lost in Season 3. One nearly quit and the other one was almost killed off!

Entertainment Weekly has revealed that Lauren Cohen (who plays Maggie) nearly left the show in Season 3 when she read the script for the scene in which she had to perform a C-section on Laurie (played by Sarah Wayne Callies). Cohen confided her concerns to Steven Yeun (who plays Glenn).

"I knock on Steven's door and I said I have to leave the show, I don't think I can do it. It affects you so deeply to the core to touch on — to dive into so much of this material and then I realized that's why I have to do it because the outcome of that as heinous and as sleeplessly that affected me... we watch to feel and to hopefully, honestly portray something."

If that isn't startling enough, Gizmodo reports that in Season 3 of The Walking Dead, the writers almost killed off Carol!

In the scene in which T-Dog buys Carol the time to escape and ends up dying in a walker outbreak at the prison, the original plan was to kill off Carol. Greg Nicotero explained the reasoning.

"Not a lot of people know that when we were shooting season three, in the episode where T-Dog died, there was a moment where Carol was going to die in lieu of T-Dog's character. At that point there was some concern in the writers' room that they didn't know where to take her character. So the fact that [showrunner] Scott Gimple and the writers have been able to craft this amazing journey for her just goes to show that there is a tremendous amount of story to tell for a lot of these characters."

Now that's just crazy because Carol has been such an amazing character since that point in the series. The cast would all be dead many times over if it wasn't for her. Thank goodness the writers of The Walking Dead had the good sense to keep her alive!

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