We all suffered a very devastating loss on this past Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead. While Eric’s death and the ramifications it will have on Aaron were still lingering, everyone’s gears quickly shifted as we followed the fall of King Ezekiel throughout the episode’s hour. We watched as he discovered that he had led all of his people to their deaths and then was forced to flee from them as they began to reanimate.
As he slowly began to wither down throughout the episode, it became clear that Ezekiel was never going to be the same.
And just when it looked like he was going to sacrifice himself to allow Carol and Jerry to get away safely, he was saved by Shiva, the tiger that he once saved.
Unfortunately, she was no match for the swarm of walkers coming in at all sides and Ezekiel watched in horror as she did the same thing he was just about to do – sacrifice herself.
It was one of the most devastating deaths in the series, which is an interesting thought considering humans die on the show basically every single episode.
When watching literally anything :
An animal dies:
So, if you’re still reeling from Shiva’s death, don’t worry you’re not alone. The people of Twitter are always right there with you.
First, there were the ones who also fell into the people vs. animals category.
Jerry splits a guy in half, I don’t blink. CGI Shiva is killed, I’m ready to straight up beat someone. #TheWalkingDead
— Carla Harris (@CarlaSueHarris) November 13, 2017
— Old Man Law (@PSN_Second_Law) November 13, 2017
Person dies: OK it’s part of the show. I’ll get over it.
Animal dies: What the hell? What is wrong with you people??
Poor Shiva. 🐅#TheWalkingDead
— Melinda M. (@melinda0824) November 13, 2017
— Emma Beatty (@enbeatty8) November 13, 2017
*Guy gets split in half: doesn’t blink an eye
*Shiva dies: what kind of sick show is this?!#TheWalkingDead
— Allison Avery (@AlleyAveryy) November 13, 2017
— kathleen (@kathleen_hanley) November 13, 2017
— Rick Grimes (@RingLeaderRick_) November 13, 2017
— H o l l y (@hollyyg_) November 13, 2017
#TheWalkingDead anyone else but Shiva. Crying. Its sad I didn’t even cry for Glenn.
— Patti Kuberski (@pakjjk) November 13, 2017
I’m more depressed about Shiva’s death than I was for anyone from Alexandria. #TheWalkingDead
— Rick Fucking Grimes (@RickFucknGrimes) November 13, 2017
Others were quick to point out that Shiva wasn’t even real and they were still devastated.
— jolly ella (@EllaTaryn02) November 13, 2017
— Morgan Jefferson (@MJefferso) November 13, 2017
— Chris Brennan (@icplusb) November 13, 2017
— Melody (@stormtr00pette) November 13, 2017
Some were still mourning the death of another beloved animal (*Game of Thrones Spoiler*)
— Jenn (@jennjenn119) November 13, 2017
— Catarina Santo (@MorganaMalfoy23) November 16, 2017
While others were focused on the poignant symmetry of it all.
— Nick Quaglieri (@nquags21) November 13, 2017
— wiwy (@moonybagans) November 13, 2017
Ezekiel saved Shiva when she fell and injured her leg, only fitting that she return the favour #TheWalkingDead
— r (@penyandime) November 13, 2017
King Ezekiel: when you are asked to be the hero, say yes.
Tonight Shiva was asked to be the hero. And she said yes.
She fell saving her king’s life.
— Brandon #TeamRed🔴 (@SirBrandonKnt) November 13, 2017
Thankfully we can all choose to live in a fantasy world where this is really what happened:
— Lucille (@twdlucille) November 13, 2017
Shiva deserved better, but at least she went out saving her King.
Having studied Media & Writing at James Madison University, I always knew that I wanted to do some type of creative writing, but being able to write about zombies, Starks, and superheroes on a daily basis for Fan Fest is my actual dream. While I probably shouldn’t be as proud as I am to be so similar to Nick Miller, I do hope to one day write my own “Pepperwood Chronicles’.