One thing that can be said about The Walking Dead (the show and the comics) is that one can’t get too attached to a character, because people tend to die. A lot. And horribly. During a zombie apocalypse.
This has never been more true than in the wake of Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Abraham’s (Michael Cudlitz) horrific demise in the Season 7 premiere of the AMC drama series at the hands of the show's newest resident psychopath, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Also, Walking Dead comics creator Robert Kirkman seems to have a bit of a sadistic streak a la Negan himself in regard to his comic book creations. (I mean, he is the dude who created Negan, after all.)
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Kirkman explained that he doesn’t have a favorite character in the comic series, but when he does get too attached to one in particular; he has a tendency to kill them off. Um. Wait, what?
“You know, I don’t really have a favorite. I tend to kill those, just because when I find myself real attached to a character, or if I find myself wanting to write them more and more and steering more story toward them, I kind of realize that that means that audience investment in that character is extremely high, and I don’t want it to affect the story too much by focusing too much on that character. And that tends to make me want to kill them.”
Right. It’s a good thing, then, that Kirkman doesn’t have the ultimate final say when it comes to the TV series (where he is a writer and an executive producer), since the show does have its favorites in Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Carol (Melissa McBride), and viewers would probably riot if anything happened to them.
And while Daryl is a one-hundred-percent show creation; meaning no one knows what his fate will be, Carol first appeared in the pages of the comics where she wasn’t the awesome character we’ve all come to know and love in the series (thank gawd for that!). In fact, comics Carol became a tad unhinged and died (horribly, of course) during the Prison storyline. But it's one of those show changes Kirkman is totally on board for.
“There are constantly things in the show where I’m like, “You know, the show’s Carol is so much better than the comic book Carol.” I like the comic book Carol. There are definitely some cool stories that were done with her, but it didn’t do anything as cool as what we do in the show with her. So, there are things like that where if I look at the show and I look at the comic, it’s like, I kind of wish I had done something like that in the comic.”
What do you guys think of Robert Kirkman's reasons for killing off a character? Check out a new episode of The Walking Dead this coming Sunday on AMC.