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Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman Knows When Characters Are Dying

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Characters on The Walking Dead are constantly living in fear of when they will get their next meal or a safe place to sleep. Watching for those pesky walkers can be a full time job. Robert Kirkman, the show’s creator, on the other hand, already has a good idea of when each character will be dying. He does write the comics, after all.

Kirkman stopped in at EW Radio (SiriusXM, Channel 105) over Comic Con weekend. Jessica Shaw sat with him and talked about the upcoming season which will be airing this October.

Talking about how hard it is to say goodbye can be a tough thing in the movie and TV industry. “It’s kinda worse than that,” says Kirkman. “Because I got a pretty good idea when all of them are dying. To a certain extent, if we follow the comic, like possibly even more than [showrunner] Scott [Gimple] knows.”

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While pointing at imaginary bodies in the room, he must have been talking about who is dying and how the filming process goes. Kirkman said, “So I’m always like…two years, three years, six months, two weeks, oh, God this is awful! It’s really rough. Doing the comic, it was fine because it was just lines on a paper. Whatever. We’re killing that guy. Cool. But the show, it sucks because we all work together, we hang out, and have a great time. But, you know, the story’s gotta get done and people gots to die, as I like to say. It’s pretty rough.”

The worst part is the even when there is an impending death on set, Kirkman and Gimple must be quiet just for the fact that something may change last minute. It seems that the team is constantly changing the script and how things are done, so it is best left to keep the actors in the dark.

“You can’t tell ’em,” says Kirkman. “Because we change our minds all the time. And that’s the other really bad thing about it. We can’t really give them that much warning because there’s always a chance that we’ll get into actually writing the scripts after we plan things out and we’re like, ‘Nope, that character’s living.’ Which has happened many times. So we don’t want to have many false news giving situations.”



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