By all indications, season six of AMC’s ratings bonanza The Walking Dead is going to be the bloodiest yet. Andrew Lincoln himself proclaimed that each episode will feel like a season finale, and the addition of one important new character has signs pointing toward all hell breaking loose. If anything, the walkers invading Alexandria will provide us with plenty of creative death scenes that will join an increasingly rich history of characters being shot, stabbed, bludgeoned, and generally mutilated.
But the thing about watching all of these characters, both beloved and loathed, be killed off for the sake of entertainment is that some of them are often forgotten or overshadowed by the deaths of bigger, badder characters. It’s almost as if there should be a Walking Dead Hall of Death Scenes to pay tribute to all of the characters killed off by the show. Years from now we could go there with our kids and even our grandkids and tell them, “That Hershel was one tough old man. Hopefully he was reconnected with his head and leg in Heaven.”
With The Walking Dead‘s new season premiering on Sunday, we asked some actors who have played characters that have died along the way what it’s like to leave this beloved series behind. They’ve laughed, they’ve cried, and one even begged to stick around. But in the end they died, and we loved them for it.