Credit: Gene Page/AMC Photo: Hershel Greene and Glenn Rhee at the Council Meeting on The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 3: “Isolation”

We always say goodbye to one (or more) beloved character during The Walking Dead mid-season finale, and the end of the first half of Season 4 of the show was no exception, as it was Hershel Greene’s (Scott Wilson) turn to die. After getting captured — along with Michonne (Danai Gurira) — by The Governor (David Morrissey) we had the awful feeling that Hershel wouldn’t make it out of the scuffle alive, and sadly, we were correct.

After Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) made a speech about how Team Prison and The Governor’s group could share the prison, the big bad decided instead to take matters into his own hands, and beheaded Hershel with Michonne’s katana, just like the one-eyed villain did in the comics to Tyreese.

Scott was understandably sad to be leaving his TWD family behind, and chatted with TVLine about how he found out about his character’s gruesome demise, how he plans to keep up with the show, and much more.

The veteran actor reveals that he “suspected” Hershel’s death was near as filming for Season 4 began, but didn’t know for sure until after everyone had filmed Episode 5, “Internment”, the last episode he was in before the mid-season finale. As for how he found out about Hershel’s death, Scott says that he had an important conversation with showrunner Scott Gimple. “We sat down and had a conversation, and he explained what he was doing and why he was doing it. It’s not an easy position for him to be in. He is doing what he believes is best for the show. And so far I think he has been on point.”

Still, Scott says it was “disorienting” to learn that his on-screen counterpart wouldn’t make it to Season 4, Episode 9, and he doesn’t totally agree with the showrunner’s decision either. “There’s no good time to tell someone that they are expendable. I would have preferred to still be there.  I’m not, and now I’ll just be a fan instead of a participant,” he explains.

Judging by the tears on last night’s Talking Dead alone, we can gather that Scott’s co-stars weren’t pleased to see him go either. And the feeling is clearly mutual, as Scott said he would miss everyone who has worked on the AMC hit.

But just because his character is now a member of the walking dead, doesn’t mean that he has any plans to stop watching the show. In fact, Scott points out that may even been an easier feat now! “I’ll probably watch it sooner now than I did before,” he begins. “I used to watch it after the season was over.”

As for his most unique TWD souvenir? Scott explains that since Hershel was decapitated, he has a replica of the character’s head hidden in his closet, which is bound to terrify pretty much anyone if and when they see it.

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The Walking Dead Season 4 resumes on February 9, 2014, at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

Source: TVLine

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