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Robert Kirkman on the Possibility of Shiva as a Radioactive Zombie

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If you’re anything like us, you’re still not over the death of Shiva on last night’s episode of The Walking Dead. While we were told to anticipate some major deaths this season, she just wasn’t one we were hoping to say goodbye to.

Spoiler alert…now would be the best time to stop reading if you haven’t already seen the episode, or seen everyone sobbing about it on social media.


The internet took the death of Shiva pretty hard, and it was a heavily discussed topic on last night’s episode of Talking Dead. Robert Kirman and Lil’ Jon were the in-house guests and Kirman had this to say about Ezekiel and Shiva.

I mean, it’s a huge turning point for Ezekiel, losing Shiva, losing his people, this is a big deal for him, but Shiva, you know, somebody that has protected him, that he’s protected, they’ve got a great relationship. It’s a big loss. It’s a big loss for him, it’s a big loss for everyone. I’m upset too, man. I like tigers.

We’re all upset. Quite honestly, we’re expecting to be upset about this one for a while. While the nature of her death brought her relationship with King Ezekiel full circle, it couldn’t have happened at a worse time. Honestly, it was just adding insult to injury.

During last night’s Talking Dead, Chris Hardwick brought up that Kirkman totally missed an opportunity to bring Shiva back as…well…a next level zombie.

Hardwick: You really missed an opportunity with whatever that industrial waste was for a radioactive zombie tiger, why not?
Kirkman: I mean, who says it’s not happening?
Hardwick: All right, good, I just need a little bit of hope.

The short conversation was definitely laced with some sarcasm and quite frankly, we’re glad it’s not really an option they toyed with. Unless, of course, they’re just yanking our chains and it’s gonna happen and shock us all.

Honestly, that’s not an end we’d like to see for Shiva, and we don’t think King Ezekiel would be able to survive it.