In a little less than two weeks, we get the much-anticipated midseason return of The Walking Dead Season 6, so the cast and crew are beginning to make the publicity rounds. One of them is executive producer and makeup guru Greg Nicotero, and in a new interview he revealed that the showrunners almost made a major decision, way back in Season 3, that would've dramatically changed the show as we know it today.
As you'll remember, in the Season 3 episode "Killer Within," T-Dog (IronE Singleton) sacrifices himself to the save the group and Carol (Melissa McBride) during a walker attack. Well, according to Nicotero, it was originally going to be Carol who met her end during that sequence.
"Not a lot of people know that when we were shooting season three, in the episode where T-Dog died, there was a moment where Carol was going to die in lieu of T-Dog’s character." He said. "At that point there was some concern in the writers’ room that they didn’t know where to take her character. So the fact that [showrunner] Scott Gimple and the writers have been able to craft this amazing journey for her just goes to show that there is a tremendous amount of story to tell for a lot of these characters.”
Carol ultimately made it, and when showrunner Scott M. Gimple took the reins in Season 4, she began to evolve into the ruthless, loyal survivor that we know her to be. At this point, she's arguably the best character on the show, so it's a good thing she got to stick around.
The Walking Dead returns Feb. 14.