Walking Dead's Kirkman explains why [REDACTED] had to die

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Jan 14, 2013, 2:52 PM EST

Another one bites the dust. And another one, gone. For Walking Dead fans, the classic Queen song is becoming a familiar refrain, as we see time and time again how dangerous the post-apocalypse can be. So why did Walking Dead producer Robert Kirkman believe these last few deaths were necessary? Spoilers ahead!

Viewers got a double dose of death Sunday night, with both Lori Grimes (Sarah Wayne Callies) and T-Dog (IronE Singleton) bidding the world farewell. Turns out the safety of the prison's walls ain't so safe.

When a rogue prisoner busts open the gate and lets a ton of walkers in, all hell breaks loose, and Lori has to go into labor in hiding. It doesn't go well, and she sacrifices herself in a heart-wrenching scene to save her baby, saying goodbye to Carl (Chandler Riggs) before the poor kid has to put a bullet in his mom's skull.

According to Kirkman, the story of Lori's death is more about those she leaves behind, and it all comes back to finding ways to push Rick (Andrew Lincoln) closer and closer to the edge.

He told Entertainment Weekly:

"Well, like with any death on Walking Dead, it's all about sitting down and figuring out what gives us the best story and what realistically portrays that world. I've always said that people are going to die -- that's just how we're telling the story -- and to not have people dying left and right would just be fake to me.

We didn't think we could get through that prison riot-with-zombies kind of thing without losing a few characters. So, when we sat down to figure out who was going to go [we thought about] the things that Lori's death does to Carl and Rick but also to Maggie and other characters. It's really important that we focus on that kind of stuff and I think that death gives us the most story coming out of it. So, that's what we did!

...The Walking Dead really is us in the writers room sitting around trying to make Rick Grimes' life as unbearable as possible."

Sure, Lori may have gotten the most dramatic death scene, but T-Dog got to go out a hero after getting bitten trying to lock the gate. He secures Carol's escape (or did he?) by sacrificing himself and getting devoured by a contingent of walkers.

Kirkman said T-Dog's death provided a conduit to show there is still some semblance of humanity and sacrifice, as he throws himself to the horde in an effort to save a friend:

"Well, again, we're just trying to portray this world realistically. I think T-Dog really stepped up this season and was extremely heroic and we really wanted him to go out with a hero's death. The fact that he knew that he was dead but still tried to do whatever he could to hopefully save Carol - although it is pretty ambiguous as to what exactly happened to her. But, yeah, we wanted to show someone really just making a sacrifice and doing whatever he could to protect someone."
What did you think of last night's explosive episode? Were you expecting that much carnage? Who will you miss the most?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)