Entertainment Weekly had a brief chat with Robert Kirkman at Comic-Con, and they asked him about how tough it is to say goodbye to someone when they are killed off the show.
“It’s kinda worse than that,” said Kirkman. “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 Scott [Gimple] knows.”
Robert Kirkman then began pointing at people around the room. “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.”
Even worse, it’s essential to keep the soon-to-be-dead castmembers out of the loop, especially given that plotlines can change. “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.”
So, given what Kirkman said above, who do you think is going to die when? What are your predictions for Season 5? If Kirkman pointed his finger at you, how long do you think he’d say you have to live!?