As fans of The Walking Dead, we can’t possibly look forward to a season without anticipating character deaths. The word ‘dead’ is in the series title and it’s a show about a zombie apocalypse, we aren’t silly enough to be hoping for sunshine and rainbows or anything. However, a statement Steven Ogg made about season 8 made us realize that we aren’t at all prepared to lose even more characters. Especially ones we saw fight back from some extremely dark places last season.
‘Yeah, let’s thin the herd, man, let’s thin the herd.’
So, we are all for herd thinning if it means that the good guys are going to be safe, but we know that’s not the case. It also would have been easier…say…in season 6 to prepare to say goodbye to certain characters. We’ve all got our favorites and we’ve all got ones that we could live without. However, seeing them so broken and so lost through season 7 but still coming together to defeat Negan and the Saviors, despite their personal struggles, has carved out a place in all of our hearts for the remaining characters. It’s going to be extremely hard to see some of them go.
It’s going to be hard for the actors on set too, Ogg went on to say that they’re so welcoming and kind and that they love working with one another.
‘Everyone is so welcoming and so wonderful. They’re all ridiculously close off the set that they just make you feel completely welcome and it was such a safe environment that you immediately feel like, all right, you’re excited. Let’s get down to it, like ‘What do we get to play today?‘
He also said that there is no feeling that you’re not as important as the people who have been there since the beginning. It’s a team full of support and love – yet another reason why we all know this entire fandom as ‘The Walking Dead family’.
‘They make it feel, and this extends throughout, really, everyone — production, and cast — there’s no feeling like you’re lesser than. Andrew Lincoln is number one on the call sheet, and he is number one and he sets the tone, and it just bleeds over to everyone. That everyone is just so great and there’s no, you’re just this person, or your number 300 on the call sheet, it doesn’t matter. Everyone is in this together, and you feel it. You feel the team, you feel the love, you feel the support and the trust, and I think it’s what really makes it special. I think it reflects on the show, too.’
While we’ll all miss the characters who do leave, it’s nice to remember that they’re not really ever gone. We still see our favorites at conventions and at panels, in interviews and on other television shows, and once you’re part of this family, you’re always here.
What characters do you think we’ll lose in season 8? Keep an eye out and we’ll tell you what we think soon.
‘…but I knew him’