Saying goodbye to a character is never easy -- and every showrunner knows it.
Exec producer and comic book writer Robert Kirkman has shared in an interview how they deal with the whole process of killing off characters in every season of The Walking Dead.
Keep reading for the scoop --
On the difficulty of saying goodbye to a cast member:
It’s kinda worse than that. 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.
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.
Kirkman and his co-exec producers keep their death list from the cast:
You can’t tell ’em.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.
The Walking Dead returms Sunday, Oct. 12 on AMC.