While at San Diego doing the Comic Con jaunt, the cast and crew of “The Walking Dead” met with press to talk about the show’s upcoming season. Having seen some of “The Walking Dead’s” panel online (and you can see them now below in its entirety), it’s pretty obvious who the least popular character on the show is, and as a result, the actor playing that character. As it turns out, the actor isn’t so fond of his/her character either. Or at least, that’s one way to interpret it.
POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHOY!!
In a group talk with THR, actress Sarah Wayne Callies, who plays conflicted wife Lori on the show, sounds like she’s ready to say goodbye to her mother of one (and soon to be two) on the show.
Frank Darabont and I actually — before he was tragically and unfairly removed from the show — we used to argue about it. I argued that it was necessary to kill Lori and I feel very strongly that for all of the other deviations we may have from the comic book, killing Lori does something to Rick that is vital for the story and can’t be done any other way.
I’ve said from the beginning, not only am I OK with Lori dying but I think she has to. I’ve played this character with an eye toward an end.
The article is pretty long, and dives deeper into the Lori-Rick relationship in the aftermath of Shane’s death (and, er, re-killing) and the Season 2 finale. You can read it for yourself if you’re so inclined.
But it’s interesting that Callies sounds so gung-ho about leaving the show. In the comics, of course, Lori dies along with her young infant at the prison story arc. And Season 3 will be primarily set in the prison, so I wonder if Callies already knows what’s coming…? It’s also interesting that she sounds like she continues to hold a grudge for how former showrunner Darabont was treated by AMC. I’m sure the writers (and current showrunner Glen Mazzara) may have taken note of that, too.
For those with an hour to kill, here is the full “Walking Dead” panel at this year’s Comic Con. Who would have thunk it would be Steven Yuen who would emerge as the show’s #1 stud? (Albeit with the show’s decidedly younger set of fans…)
“The Walking Dead” Season 3 commences this October.