Characters come and go like nobody’s business in AMC’s The Walking Dead, and after seven seasons it’s easy to get attached to them. So why does creator Robert Kirkman love to pull at our heartstrings so much?
He kills off the characters he grows fond of. In a chat with ComicBook.com, he revealed the following:
“You know, I don’t really have a favorite. I tend to kill those, just because when I find myself real attached to a character, or if I find myself wanting to write them more and more and steering more story toward them, I kind of realize that that means that audience investment in that character is extremely high, and I don’t want it to affect the story too much by focusing too much on that character. And that tends to make me want to kill them.”
You don’t have to cast your mind back far to remember deaths of fan-favourite characters: the Season 7 premiere saw Glenn and Abraham meet Negan’s barbed-wire-wrapped-bat, Lucille. The show operates on the basis that nobody is really safe, so it really could have been anybody in the lineup that bit the dust.
If Kirkman was to stick to his words, it’d be safe to expect that Rick and Carl Grimes will be killed off at some point – they’re arguably the main characters and definitely the most compelling amongst the main group.
The Walking Dead airs on Sundays at 9pm ET on AMC.