You guys, I have some really, really upsetting news about season 4 of The Walking Dead. In fact, you might want to be sitting down for this one. Deep breath … okay, are you ready? Here goes: it's sounding like at some point, one of the characters may … well, it's possible that they'll … oh, there's no easy way to say it. SOMEONE MAY DIE.
Haaa, psych. Of COURSE someone's gonna die, this isn't The Walking Everyone's Totally Safe So Get Super Attached to Any Character You Want Because You Can Be Certain of Their Longevity. It's a sure bet that we're going to say goodbye to some familiar faces in season 4, but there's a rumor floating around that one cast member in particular is definitely getting killed off -- and unlike some of the past characters who have met their grisly end during the show, this one's a major fan favorite.
(Potential spoilers ahead!)
The Walking Dead seems to be in fierce competition with Game of Thrones in terms of murdering characters left and right. In the seasons to date, we've lost Amy, Sophia, Otis, Dale, Shane, T-Dog, Lori, Merle, Andrea, Milton, a crap-ton of secondary cast members, a bazillion zombies, and at lease one horse.
Word on the street is that at some point during season 4, we're also going to bid adieu to -- drumroll -- Hershel. Aw, not Santa Claus! What will we do without his homey advice, righteous beard, and the fact that he basically replaced Dale as the moral compass of the group?
Oddly enough, the talk of Hershel's death got started by actor Norman Reedus’s Instagram photos. Back in July, Reedus posted some images of what appeared to be a get-together among current and previous cast members. Attendees included Jon Bernthal, who played Shane, and Sarah Wayne Callies, who played Lori. It could have been a random fun evening among friends, or, as some are theorizing, it could have been a "death dinner" -- a tradition among the cast where they all have dinner every time a character gets killed off.
Callies described the ritual after her character was killed in season three:
It gives everyone a chance to get properly sauced and say, ‘We’re going to miss the hell out of you.' Since the show has gotten more heart, we now have to disguise it as a birthday party so the wait staff doesn’t spill spoilers.
Okay, so the photo implies that someone died, but who? That's where yet more of Reedus's images are fueling the rumors. In August, Reedus shared these photos, taken one day apart:
The amount of blood on Hershel's shirt in the second photo is what has tongues wagging. Is Hershel covered with blood because he was trying to save someone else -- or because he was fatally wounded?
Personally, I think the Walking Dead cast has been throughly schooled in the art of sharing juuuuuust enough information without tipping anyone's hand, so I highly doubt Norman Reedus showed us anything incriminating in those photos. Yes, characters will absolutely die in season 4, but I really don't think we can go ahead and assume Hershel's on the list based on one blood-soaked shirt.
What's your call? Do you think the cast photos tell us that Hershel's definitely getting axed in season 4?
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