Over the last few years, we've been on one hell of a journey with the characters of The Walking Dead, and unfortunately the writers of the show seem to love nothing more than tearing a beloved character from the group and having them viciously killed in front of us.
Following the premiere episode of Season 7, audiences once diced with our old friend death as two beloved character meet their ends. After all the savage deaths in the series, you'd think we would've seen enough death to last us a lifetime, but somehow we just keep coming back for more.
So, to honor those already gone take a look at the top 15 most shocking deaths in The Walking Dead, and let us know whose death was the most shocking for you below in the comments:
She was a tough but fair leader, doing the best she could in post-apocalyptic times, and unfortunately for Deanna it wasn't to last. After Alexandria was overrun by walkers, Deanna was bitten in the resulting kerfuffle and looked sure to succumb to the bite soon after. However when Rick and the group were forced abandon her for a safer hiding place, Deanna committed one last heroic act when she threw herself into a mob of walkers, hoping to kill as many as possible before her own life was claimed.
Deanna's death was a shock, coming soon after both her husband Reg and son Aiden were also killed. And not only that, but then a few episodes later her own son — and last remaining family — found her reanimated in the woods and was forced to put her down.
Shane pulled some crazy stunts on the show, but his character was undeniably popular with viewers. After a particularly harrowing scene in the woods near the Greene family farm, Rick Grimes was forced to kill his best friend after it became clear that Shane was intent on murdering Rick, and blaming the escaped captive Randall.
After Glenn and Noah took unprepared and unreliable Alexandrians on a supply run, the cowardly Nicholas couldn't handle the pressure and ran away, sentencing Noah to a horrific death. Noah was a new character in the show, but he had quickly become a favorite, making his death even more shocking.
After the show ended on a death in the Season 5 mid-season finale, no one was prepared to lose another member of the gang in the very next episode. But, unfortunately the kind-hearted Tyrese was bitten by Noah's zombified younger brother and died, leaving Sasha without any living family.
When walkers poured into the prison, Maggie, Carl and a very pregnant Lori fled to safety. The stress of the situation meant Lori went into labor, and when she began to lose blood, she realized the only way forward was for Maggie to remove the baby via C-section, which also meant Lori's certain death. The whole thing happened so quickly that it wasn't until audiences heard Lori's son, Carl shoot his own mother in the head to prevent her from reanimating that the shock of the whole thing really sunk in.
Dale's death was extra shocking, firstly because of his status as the wise, old man within the group, and secondly because his death was basically caused by Carl Grimes. After mucking around in the swamp and teasing a walker, it eventually pulled itself free, freaking out Carl. While that might have looked like the last we'd see of that walker, unfortunately for Dale it wandered onto the farm and surprised him while he was on patrol.
After the death of porch dick, Pete, Denise Cloyd was Alexandria's last doctor. Though she was initially unconfident in her abilities, eventually she stepped up to the plate and managed to save the life of Carl Grimes. Denise quickly became a well liked character, which was no doubt helped by her relationship with the affable Tara. But just when things looked good for Denise, she was suddenly shot in the head by Dwight while on the way back from a supply run with Daryl and Rosita. With Tara yet to find out about her girlfriend's death, you can be sure that we'll be reliving the shock of Denise's death during Season 7.
Much of the second season revolved around the gang looking for Carol's lost daughter, Sophia. After finding her doll and camping out at the Greene family farm, I'm sure many viewers imagined that she would eventually show up again - after all, the show couldn't just kill off a child, right? Wrong. When Sophia was eventually seen again, she had already died once, and Rick Grimes put her out of her misery when he shot her, sadly right in front of her distraught mother.
When we met the bubbly, warm Jessie Anderson it seemed like she was a character too pure for the gritty world of The Walking Dead. And although she brought some much needed joy into Rick Grimes' life, she was another character killed during the walker invasion of Alexandria. While it may have been obvious that Jessie wasn't a long term survivor, what made her death so shocking was how she seemed to accept it. After seeing her youngest son torn apart in front of her, it was as if any will to live simply vanished from Jessie, and she basically gave into death, letting the walkers bit her without a fight.
Surely one of the grimmest moments of the show came when Carol, who had lost her daughter Sophia two seasons prior, was forced to make the heartbreaking decision to shoot young Lizzie. Telling the youngster to "look at the flowers," a tearful Carol did what Tyrese couldn't, and shot the little girl in the head. Though it was brutal, Carol not only saved the group from Lizzie, but also saved Lizzie from herself.
After walkers swarmed the prison (the same swarm that forced Carl, Maggie and Lori to flee to safety), T-Dog joined the more capable members of the group in disposing of them as best they could. But as he tried to close a gate to keep any more walkers from infiltrating the yard area, he was bitten viciously on his shoulder. Loyal to the end, T-Dog then spent his last moments ensuring Carol's safety, eventually charging at walkers and having his throat bitten out in the process.
While outside the gates with Michonne, the Governor kidnapped Hershel and used the pair as hostages, demanding Rick and the group leave the prison. Despite Rick trying to reason with the Governor (and it appearing like he might almost back down), he still went through with his plan and sliced through Hershel's neck with Michonne's katana. Eventually, the Governor completely beheaded Hershel, and later Michonne mercifully stabbed him in the brain.
After the Season 6 finale ended on a massive cliffhanger, it was revealed in the Season 7 premiere that Abraham was Negan and Lucille's unfortunate victim. Sgt Abe was the only group member to really assert himself in the line up, and he was severely punished for his defiance when Negan swiftly ended his life. However, Abraham wasn't about to go down without one final insult, telling the Big Bad "suck my nuts." Oh Abraham, we will miss you and your creative phrases.
After Beth disappeared toward the end of Season 4, audiences were subjected to episode after episode wondering where the sweet country girl had gone. Eventually we learned that she had been taken to Grady Memorial Hospital and the gang launched a team to rescue her. At first it seemed like the handover process was going smoothly, but after Officer Dawn demanded Noah be returned to her, Beth calmly stabbed her with a hidden pair of scissors. Unfortunately, Dawn retaliated by blowing Beth's brains out, something none of us were ready for.
He'd be a part of the gang since the very first episode, but sadly in the Season 7 premiere Glenn Rhee become the second of our group to succumb to Negan. While Glenn was Negan's only victim in The Walking Dead comic series, it appeared as though he was safe when Abraham was killed off in the TV series instead. But, the good times weren't to last, and after Daryl thew an ill-advised punch at Negan, the Big Bad almost took glee in smashing Glenn into a bloody pulp in front of his friends and family. Sick.
The Walking Dead Season 7 airs Sundays 9pm ET on AMC.