Hands down one of most annoying elements of season three of AMC’s zombie drama The Walking Dead has to be the inclusion of Ghost Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies), which is what people have been calling the embodiment of Rick Grimes’ (Andrew Lincoln) dead wife. In theory she’s supposed to be indicative of a mental break due to trauma, but mostly she really just gives Rick an excuse to ignore his son and very newborn daughter. But what if she wasn’t just a ghost? (You can call her a figment of Rick’s imagination if you like, it doesn’t really matter. Ghost is simply easier in this situation.) What if she was one of the undead biters, to boot? That would certainly make things more interesting. Perhaps it could lead to a zombie love story. It’s also the idea behind of a newly released deleted scene from the third season.
Unleashed via EW, this clip will be one of the extras featured on The Walking Dead season three Blu-ray and DVD release when they hit stores later this month on August 27. You may remember that after their son, Carl (Chandler Riggs), has to shoot his own mother in the head so she doesn’t come back a zombie, Rick loses his shit. Despite being a child, Carl holds it together remarkably well. In episode ten, “Home,” Rick goes a bit strange, and wanders out of the relatively safe confines of the prison, off into the wilderness.
Beyond the fences, he has a sweet, romantic encounter with his wife. Problem is, it’s all in his damn head, and though he has some definite feelings on the matter, they’re not particularly good. That’s how it goes down in the version that made it the broadcast, but the scene originally took a different path, which you can see in this clip. Rick and Lori are out there, sucking ghost face, and everything is groovy. Except, you know, for the deep-seeded psychosis and the man in desperate need of serious psychological help. But good therapy is hard to find after the apocalypse, so we’ll take what we can get.
In this version, when Rick backs away from his dead wife, instead of seeing smiling ghost face, she’s become all zombified, rotting and gross. The moment is pretty damn over the top and groan inducing as it is, so you don’t have to do much imagining to realize why this added bit was removed. He’s already hanging out with his dead wife. I just wish they’d gone a little further and just axed Lori completely after her death. Why can’t anyone just be dead in this show? Because we never actually see Lori’s corpse, there was a time when some of us expected her to return as a walker, a real one this time, but Carl put on his man pants and shot his mother in the dome. Good for him.
The Walking Dead returns for season four, with a bunch of new characters in tow, on Sunday, October 13. Under the guidance of new showrunner Scott M. Gimple, the ratings juggernaut will hopefully smooth out some of the wild inconsistencies that have plagued the show’s entire run. Last season some of the best episodes in the franchise butted up against some of the worst. The first half of the season wasn’t perfect, but after returning from mid-season break, it was insane how much the quality fluctuated week to week. There were entire episodes that are nothing but filler, that you could skip completely and not miss anything important, which only serves to frustrate viewers.