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AMC The Walking Dead Kirkman – The Cast Death Timetable

AMC The Walking Dead’s, Robert Kirkman stopped by Sirius on his way out of Comic Con in Las Angeles to talk about certain aspects of the show. One of the interviewers had a very good question that most people are thinking about all the time during the television show. It must suck to kill off characters. How does it make you feel?

Robert Kirkman explains to the radio show hosts that it’s much tougher than just killing someone off. Due to the fact that Kirkman is the writer of the comic book, he knows relatively when each character is going to get killed off. He often has a timetable of characters and when they are going to die.

He states that when he was writing the comic, “it was just words on paper.” The words didn’t have any significance or impact on him because it was all in his mind. Now that he is working with actual actors, he has developed relationships and they often hang out. The words have become more of a substance and knowing the time of death is extremely nerve wrecking.


Furthermore, Kirkman cannot tell the cast early because they are always changing the script. Sometimes individuals time cards run out and they are going to die, but at last minute something is changed and that person is saved from the cutting block. To add to the stress, we cannot tell the cast very early solely because of this.

As Kirkman likes to state, at the end of the day, “People’s gots to die.” He is asked if the time comes when the actor or actress is going to be killed off, is it hard to not give it away? Does he not give that person eye contact? Kirkman replys with, “Well, luckily that is where Scott Gimple comes in. He ends up making all those decisions. I wouldn’t handle that well.”

The problem with bringing a comic book or a piece of writing to life is that the writer knows what’s going to happen all the time and it affects his relationships with the cast and crew. It must suck having a character you absolutely love or a cast member you absolutely love and killing him off.