Big chances are that you’ve already heard something about The Walking Dead Series unless you’ve been living under a rock. Since its fifth season is scheduled to be released on October 12, 2014, I thought we’d keep up with the Joneses and recall some of the characters of the previous season, such as who was killed, who wasn’t, and what are the chances of seeing some of them alive and for how long. For instance let’s take Shane. He’s dead. Lori? Dead. Sophia? Dale? T-Dog? Andrea? All central players in the first two seasons are all dead and gone.
Here are 10 interesting facts about The Walking Dead characters you should know before the next season begins.
The basic idea is that characters in this show can only be given so much detail before we know so much about them that they become boring and predictable. And than they get killed.
1. The series features several actors whom Walking Dead developer Frank Darabont has worked with previously, including Laurie Holden (Andrea), Jeffrey DeMunn (Dale Horvath), Melissa McBride (Carol Peletier), Sam Witwer (the dead soldier in the tank where Rick hides in “Days Gone Bye“), and Juan Gabriel Pareja (Morales). All five appeared in his 2007 film The Mist, along with Thomas Jane, who originally was set to star in the series when it was pitched to HBO.
2. After adding Michael Cudlitz, Josh McDermitt and Christian Serratos as iconic comic characters Abraham, Eugene and Rosita, respectively, the zombie drama added another major player to its ranks. Greek alum Andrew J. West boarded the series based on Robert Kirkman’s comics.
3. At least one major character can die at any given time, possibly two, considering the current size of the cast and the difficulty that presents the writers in providing quality development time for each of them. Plus, the fact that any character could conceivably perish at any given moment provides much of the tension that keeps us invested in their individual story arcs.
4. Lilly Chambler
Despite the fact that we only followed her character for a short while, we really did feel sorry for her. In the space of three episodes, she lost her father, her daughter, and (albeit off-screen) was swarmed by walkers. However we will never forget that it was she who finished The Governor. Looking forward to see more.
5. Mika Samuels
As Carol said “she doesn’t have a mean bone in her body”. But then again, this is The Walking Dead. Anyone dies. It was very sad, and very shocking, but what else can we expect from this show? The worst part is for Carol, who then had to go and stab her in the head, to ensure she didn’t turn. Her death was a harsh reminder of the world they now live in and how it can change people.
In her favor, she’s the strongest female character on the show. Against her is the fact that she has already received some revealing character development in the “After” episode and might be reaching the end of her development arc. Really, how many times can we watch her mow down a field of walkers, sending scalps flying as she perfectly hits her target over and over?
7. Eugene Porter
The odds aren’t really in his favor, I’d say. The strange, mysterious, yet humorous Eugene was first introduced in the back half of Season 4. And he’s already had some memorable moments. Eugene claims that he is on a mission to Washington to “save the world”. But is he really genuine? He doesn’t come across as the type of guy who’s intelligent. He uses big words, and rambles on a lot, but would you put the fate of humanity in his hands to save the world? Not really.
8. Daryl Dixon
Probably the most popular member of the show’s cast, Daryl Dixon would seem to be safe for the foreseeable future. Even so, Robert Kirkman is defiant in his insistence that he’ll kill off main characters at any moment, and he might see Daryl’s popularity as a challenge to prove how serious he is. At this point, killing Daryl would be a daring but misguided choice, the kind of move that could shave a few million viewers off of your audience by eliminating the one character that everyone sees as indispensable. He has already undergone the most radical character transformation of anyone on the show, evolving from the group’s brooding outsider to its most loyal and beloved soldier. He’s the only character who is conceivably better off now than he was before society’s collapse provided him a new start in life, giving him a family and an opportunity to be a better man.
9. Abraham Ford
Comic book favourite Abraham Ford was introduced alongside his companions Eugene and Rosita after rolling up in a truck and discovering Tara and Glenn fighting off a group of walkers. Out of the three of the group, Abraham is the most likeable. Abraham is very motivated to protect Eugene, as he strongly believes that he has the answers to help save the world. He certainly has potential to become one of the best and most popular characters on the show. Hope to see more of him.
10. Bottom line, get out your tissues or make supplies in case you haven’t got tones somewhere in your house. A character you love is probably going to die at some point over the next six episodes.