“At some point everyone dies on The Walking Dead,” observes Michael “Abraham” Cudlitz in a recent Entertainment Weekly feature. For it, several stars from AMC’s hit zombie drama divulged how they would want to see their characters meet their end on the series, and it’s not as dark as you’d think. Conversely, I could write a depressingly graphic book listing ways I wish Carl would die, and I may get around to it one of these days. But Chandler Riggs isn’t a part of this, unfortunately.
Of anyone, it seems likely that The Walking Dead will follow the comics in keeping Rick Grimes alive for the duration of the show. But that’s no guarantee of his safety in the finale, and Andrew Lincoln’s choice was pretty simple. “Maybe a kid should take me out,” he told EW. Lincoln said he tried to get showrunner Scott Gimple to promise that Johnny Cash’s cover of “Hurt” would play over the credits in the episode where Rick dies. And in the event that it doesn’t happen on the show, Lincoln asks for everyone at home to put the song on in respect.
It’s no surprise that Norman Reedus would have a more cloaked answer for the fate of fan favorite Daryl, already one of the more mysterious characters on TV in that almost nothing is known about him. Check out his vague response below.
Cudlitz and and Danai Gurira (Michonne) gave predictable answers. Abraham wants to do it big, and Michonne wants to go out with an epic fight. I’d be pretty pissed off if either character met a different kind of end. Lauren Cohan wants to be forced into jumping off of a cliff with Glenn, “and then it freeze-frames on them with their arms up in the air,” she joked. I can’t argue with that.
Finally, there’s Chad Coleman, who doesn’t have a particularly imaginative death in mind for Tyreese, but this drawing just looks more evil than the others for some reason. And now I want Tyreese to turn into a walker.
Season 5 of The Walking Dead is set to return to AMC on Sunday, October 12 with an episode that jumps immediately into the aftermath of the Season 4 finale, during which part of the gang finally reached the supposed safe haven Terminus. And I think we’ve all got a good idea just how things will begin to play out when the show comes back. Who will survive, and what will be left of my attention span at that point?