Robert Kirkman explains the one Walking Dead TV character he refuses to kill

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Jan 25, 2016, 4:21 PM EST (Updated)

Well, this is interesting.

Just about every character on AMC’s hit series The Walking Dead feels like they could potentially be killed at any moment. But there’s apparently one character creator Robert Kirkman has no plans to kill.

Rick? Daryl? Michonne? Glenn? Maggie? Carl? None of the above. Turns out, Kirkman has fallen in love with Carol (Melissa McBride), and claims there are no plans to kill the character off anytime soon — with good reason. While speaking at New York Comic Con recently, Kirkman was asked about the laundry list of characters they’ve axed over the past several seasons. He pointed to the divergences from the comic canon and noted that one tweak he is most proud of is the evolution of Carol.

She represents resiliency and strength not just for the group, but the world, and Kirkman doesn’t want to snuff that out. Here’s an excerpt from his comments, via Vulture:

“The Carol that’s in the comic was my attempt to show just how broken an individual can become from the zombie apocalypse. The Carol in the show, which is a much better character let’s be honest, actually is made stronger by all the more horrible things that happen to her in the show. Killing her would definitely not … we can’t do that.”

As anyone who has read the comics can attest, Carol in the comics was pretty much the worst. She was weak, broken and wholly unequipped to handle the new world order. Which is why she didn’t last very long in it. But, in the television series, the live-action version of Carol found a way to make it past that breaking point and become a newer, stronger person. Put simply — she’s awesome. 

What’s your take on Carol? Do you agree with Kirkman’s assessment?

(Via Vulture)