Being an actor on The Walking Dead has many amazing perks, but job security definitely isn't one of them. Much like the comics, even the most beloved characters aren't safe from the cold grip of death. Forget the virus— the biggest threat to mankind's survival is each other.
The danger of having your character killed off is very real, and something that each and every cast member is constantly aware of. In fact, two of the show's most beloved actors aren't even sure they'll survive the next season. And considering the show's history with killing off certain characters, their paranoia isn't unfounded.
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The Worst Kind Of Dinner Party
Dinner parties are so much fun— unless you happen to be a cast member from The Walking Dead. Lauren Cohan (Maggie) told Harper's Bazaar that The Walking Dead holds "death dinners" for killed-off cast members, complete with karaoke and lots of crying. But for all she knows, the next dinner party may be held in her honor:
"I hate saying anything that implies, 'Oh yeah, in the middle of season eight when I'm still alive…,' because I really don't know if I will be. But as a viewer, I am excited to see that arc being realized."
Cohen may be excited, but #TheWalkingDead fanbase probably wouldn't be quite as "excited" to see Maggie die— especially so soon. Enid and Carl have barely started holding hands, they can't be expected to raise that baby!
"We’re All Expendable On This Show"
Cohen's not the only one feeling anxious about her future career. Even star of the show Andrew Lincoln had a minor breakdown after reading a conversation between Rick and Michonne in the script for Season 7 Episode 12.
According to the LA Times, he called buddy Norman Reedus in a very panicked state and stayed on the phone for two hours. It seems that ever since the Saviors came to town, there's no guaranteeing anyone's survival:
"I’m the dude that woke up in the hospital in the very beginning — I’d like to think there’s a bit of job security there. But then suddenly Negan turns up, with that crazy baseball bat, and all bets are off. Don’t get me wrong. I think Rick is very much in the fabric of the show. But then, so was Glenn. We’re all expendable on this show."
While Rick has embodied the true tone of The Walking Dead from the very beginning, it's possible that the show writers could decide to shake things up like they never have before and get rid of him for good. Could Rick be the biggest fatality yet?
Do you think Rick and Maggie will survive Season 8 of The Walking Dead?