It’s a unique approach, but it works. AMC’s The Walking Dead has become one of the most popular shows on television by playing fast and loose with main characters—knocking off more than a dozen during its brief two-and-a-half-season run.
Most of the cast from the show’s first season is long gone, either by their own doing or from zombie attacks in the aftermath of the apocalypse. No one is safe, and that’s what makes it so compelling. Fan-favorite characters die on an almost weekly basis, and we can't get enough of it.
So which characters do we actually miss out of all those corpses along the way? We’ve put together a list of 12 long-gone Walking Dead cast members below, ranked from who we miss the least to the most.
Take a look and remember all the friends gone by before the show returns this Sunday.
And of course: Spoilers ahead!