People die on The Walking Dead all the time and we eventually get over it (bye, Lori!) but Hershel Greene’s (Scott Wilson) death at the hands of The Governor (David Morrissey) in the Season 4 midseason finale still has us reeling. Shortly after the episode aired in late 2013 comic book writer and TWD executive producer Robert Kirkman said he wanted something that would shake our group to it’s core, and we think he certainly achieved that with Hershel’s demise.
The death in and of itself was upsetting enough, but the Powers That Be got some extra mileage by having The Gov. decapitate Hershel with Michonne’s (Danai Gurira) own katana. There was also just the juxtaposition of having the nasty Big Bad off one of the sweetest TWD characters ever. Needless to say, it’s been months and we have yet to get over the loss.
Earlier this week the AMC Twitter handle shared a moving graphic encouraging us to remember the eldest Greene. The tweet, sent on March 5, simply said, “We’ll never forget you,” but it was the black and white photo that was sent along with it that practically moved us to tears. Said picture features a smiling, soulful Hershel, with his trademark suspenders still visible, next to the phrase “In Memoriam.”
Underneath that is Hershel’s name in big letters, followed by his epithet: “Beloved father and friend to many.” Did you just spontaneously get some dust in your eye, because we did…
Lastly, instead of Hershel’s birthday and the day of his death (did we even ever know either of those?) the poster has “Season 2 - Season 4”.
As we saw in last Sunday’s Episode 12, Hershel’s youngest daughter Beth Greene (Emily Kinney) is still coming to terms with his passing, as is Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus). Clearly his death has affected all of the survivors in one way or another.
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The Walking Dead Season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.