The Walking Dead Casts Discusses Character Deaths — How Should Rick, Daryl, and Others Die?
The Walking Dead showrunner Scott Gimple may say that he knows the “emotional end game” of the hit AMC show, but does he know how each character’s story is set to end? From what we know about Scott, we’d say the likely answer to that question is “yes”, but should he need some help figuring out how one or more character will meet his or her maker, he could always look to TWD’s talented cast for some answers. Entertainment Weekly asked several TWD cast members how they’d like to see their respective characters go out, and some of their answers may surprise you. Read on for details!
First up, Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene) imagines a couple’s ending for her and co-star Steven Yeun (Glenn Rhee). Here’s how she would want it all to go down: “Maggie and Glenn are running through a forest, and there’s a horde behind them, and there’s nowhere else to go. It’s just a cliff at the end, and they hold hands and they jump off the cliff and they scream at the end, and they scream all the way down. And it freeze-frames with them, with their arms up in the air just going, ‘Waaaaaaaaaaaaait!’” Depressing (while still sweet in its own way) but vague. We like!
Surprisingly Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) says that he doesn’t care how Rick’s journey on Earth ends, but he does have one very specific request regarding his character’s final moments. “It’s funny, because I was in the car yesterday, and I texted Scott Gimple and I said, ‘Promise me, when I die, on the credits sequence, you play Johnny Cash’s version of 'Hurt,''" Andy recalled. “And he just said, ‘I can’t make that promise obviously.’ So when I die, please print it in your magazine so that the fans will know to play it, even if we can’t. Even if Scott Gimple decides not to, please everybody play ‘Hurt.’" We certainly hope Scott can grant Andy’s last wish when and if the time comes, but we’ll have "Hurt" at the ready just in case.
While Lauren and Andy had dreamed up some wonderfully specific aspects of their character’s hypothetical deaths, Norman Reedus’s vision of how he wants Daryl Dixon to meet his end is perfectly ambiguous. “If I had my druthers on how I would go, I would just walk away. You would just see him walk down a road like Mad Max and I’d get smaller and smaller and smaller and smaller, and then a little dog would run on the road with me and just start following me off into the sunset, and you’d never know what happened to him,” Norman dishes. “I would wanna go out like that. Just like, ‘You remember that dude? What happened to that dude?’” Personally, we think that Daryl is worthy of a more grand demise than that should Scott ever dare to kill him off, but we see what Norman is getting at here.
Head on over to Entertainment Weekly to learn how Chad Coleman (Tyreese), Melissa McBride (Carol Peletier), and others want their characters to die, and feel free to weigh in on Lauren, Andy, and Norman’s own character death theories below!
The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres on October 12 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.