Earlier in the week it was revealed by Walking Dead director and executive producer, Greg Nicotero, that the character of Carol was almost killed off in Season 3 of the series. But, despite Carol's death being the initial plan, it was ultimately the character of T-Dog who was killed off in the episode, along with Rick's wife, Lori.
Now, in a roundtable interview with EW, actor Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) has revealed one of the reasons that the writers decided to kill off T-Dog over Carol: actress Sarah Wayne-Callies (Lori) fought for Carol to stay on the show.
As it turns out even Melissa McBride, the actress who plays Carol, didn't even know about Wayne-Callies involvement in Carol's survival! Lincoln explained to McBride:
"It was the episode when Lori and T-Dog die. But for a few weeks it was going to be Carol and Lori. And Sarah, in her good grace and class, stepped in and said, “That’s a terrible mistake.” And so she knew that she was going, but she fought for you to stay."
Whoa, even in death, Lori was gracious!
It's fair to say that Melissa McBride was totally floored by this revelation, replying "I did not know that. I'm going to faint," before adding "get her on the phone!"
Norman Reedus also chimed in to talk about just what a tight crew the cast are, often rallying, like Wayne-Callies did, to change the writers' minds about a script, saying "we get word of something and everyone rallies to change people’s minds. It happens all the time." Seriously, how great does the cast of The Walking Dead sound?
Thankfully since Season 3 it doesn't seem like Carol has had too many close calls with being killed off the show, and I'm sure for that Walking Dead fans are happy. After all, without Carol we wouldn't have had these kickass moments:
1. Carol annihilates Terminus
Carol left baby Judith with the sitter (a.k.a. Tyreese) in the Season 5 premiere and marched on down to Terminus where she promptly tore shit up. Covering herself with mud and walker guts, Carol ignited a fuel tank and allowed the other survivors to escape certain death. Not content with fleeing after the explosion, Carol then entered a burning and walker-invaded Terminus and collected some of her crew's stolen belongings. Never leave empty handed, Carol.
2. Carol plays possum
While everyone else was quick to show their true colors after joining Alexandria in Season 5, Carol chose to go about things a bit more carefully. Right from the moment the team was made to surrender their weapons, Carol made herself look like a weak link, who had only survived thanks to the kindness of the rest of the gang. After winning them over with cookies, Carol was able to easily infiltrate the Alexandrians and gain information about the town and its people.
3. Carol becoming a faux Wolf
Carol made the best tactical move of any Alexandria resident when she cleverly disguised herself as a fellow Wolf after the town was invaded. From safe inside her disguise, Carol them moved swiftly to kill as many of the group as possible.
'The Walking Dead' returns to AMC on February 14th at 9pm.