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.