The Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd chatted with Access Hollywood after last Sunday’s Season 4 mid-season finale, and she gave us even more insight into Hershel Greene’s (Scott Wilson) shocking and gory death at the hands of The Governor (David Morrissey).
Both showrunner Scott Gimple and fellow executive producer/comic book creator Robert Kirkman have said that Hershel was killed off in part because his death would have the most profound effect on pretty much every member of Team Prison. As Robert explained to The Hollywood Reporter earlier this week, “He [The Governor] also saw that Hershel was this voice of reason. Hershel was pretty much saying what Rick was saying to him back in that trailer when he had him prisoner: We can live together and make this work. Because of that, he saw that Hershel was this guy that was good and trying to come up with a peaceful solution. So taking him out of the picture, in his mind, would affect Rick in a jarring way, and that's what he was after.”
But during her chat with Access, Gale noted that there’s another reason why beloved Hershel was very literally axed: his one-legged status would have made it very hard for him to get around when Team Prison left their home after The Gov.’s attack. “When you realize that everyone was going to be on the road, he would have not have lasted very long,” she said.
Still, Gale also echoes Scott and Robert’s sentiments that Hershel’s death would be most devastating for Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) & Co.
“And also, truthfully, The Governor — he could have killed Michonne, but he also knew that the greatest pain he could inflict was by killing Hershel,” she continues.
Hershel’s passing will no doubt devastate his daughters, Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) and Beth Greene (Emily Kinney) and the rest of our crew, but do you really believe his amputated leg played a role in his demise, or was his death more about furthering the story? Tell us your thoughts below!
The Walking Dead Season 4 returns to AMC on February 9, 2014, at 9 p.m. ET.
Source: Access Hollywood