The Walking Dead series, in both the graphic novels and the television show, is riddled with death. Some endearing (and some not so endearing) characters have died in horrific ways, and as fans, we must accept the fact that such gruesome and numerous ends come with the territory. However, if you had it your way and could bring one character back from the dead—not as a zombie, but through a plot twist that rendered him or her still among the living, such as Carol’s assumed death and surprising survival—who would it be? Here are a few I’d choose from:
Dale was a kindhearted and generous man, offering his cramped RV as a temporary refuge for several characters in need. He was also highly intuitive and put his own neck on the line in the name of group safety. When Shane grew visibly unstable, for example, it was Dale who made a harrowing attempt to hide all of the firearms from him. Older and wiser than most of the other characters, he served as a mentor figure to many of the people he had taken in.
T-Dog was a brave fighter and a good man. While he made a few mistakes, the worst of them being losing the key to Merle’s handcuffs, he redeemed himself in the third season. He was the only person willing to give the inmates a chance when the group first took over the prison, and although he was wrong about one of them, the rest of the small group proved worthy of a second chance in life. Most importantly, without his self-sacrifice, allowing himself to be eaten alive by a hoard of zombies, Carol would not have survived.
Lori might not have been the most popular character, even despised by some fans, but she was also the counter-balance that kept Rick stable. She was highly emotional and argumentative, but she had her moments of clarity and selflessness. She sacrificed her life for Judith, and she would have done anything to keep Rick and Carl out of harm’s way. I would have liked to have seen her stick around at least long enough to hold her newborn daughter in her arms, and although I think the writers for the television series made her death beautifully dramatic, part of me wishes she could have gone in a similar manner as her death in the graphic novel.
Would you choose from the three above, or would you pick someone else?
Leigh M. Lane is a speculative fiction author whose works span from sci-fi to horror. Her most recent full-length works are The Hidden Valley Horror, Finding Poe, World-Mart, and Myths of Gods. For more about her work, go to her website at http://www.cerebralwriter.com.