'Walking Dead' Season 5 Spoilers: How Everyone Will Die (According to the Actors)

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Whether you're a Walking Dead comics fan or you only watch the TV adaptation, we can really only know one thing for certain about season 5: people are gonna die. Probably people we care about. Terminus citizens may be cannibals or they may be carrying out creepy medical experiments or maybe both, but based on how season 4 ended and the title of the premiere episode -- "No Sanctuary" -- things are going to stop being polite and start getting seriously real for our survivors when the show comes back on the air in October.

Since pretty much every Walking Dead actor knows he or she has a limited shelf life, Entertainment Weekly asked the main cast how they'd like to be killed off when their time comes. Their answers range from fun to ... I don't know, possibly a little portentous? Mayyyyybe? And be forewarned, I'm going to refer back to the comics in this post, so stop reading now if you want to avoid all comics spoilers.


Here's how Maggie, Tyreese, Rick, Glenn, Michonne, Carol, and Daryl would leave the show -- if the actors got their way.

Maggie and Glenn are running through a forest, and there’s a horde behind them, and there’s nowhere else to go. It’s just a cliff at the end, and they hold hands and they jump off the cliff and they scream at the end, and they scream all the way down. And it freeze-frames with them, with their arms up in the air just going, “Waaaaaaaaaaaaait!” -- Lauren Cohen

Dude, that totally happened in a different comics series I read. Not the "Waaaait" part, but the being chased by zombielike creatures part and the cliff part. It was messed up.

Oh, wow. It would have to be something that’s never been done before. I think we’d have to come up with something incredibly memorable. I mean, I know I would want it to be heroic. Everybody wants to go out saving some lives. Sacrificing myself, you know, for the others would probably be the most compelling way to me. One of those, “Everybody go! Just go!” And if I didn’t do it, a lot of people would’ve died. So you know, something like that, I think. -- Chad Coleman

Tyreese died during the Governor/Woodbury battle in the comics and suffered a brief existence as a zombified severed head. I like Coleman's version better.

I’ve always said, I don’t care how it goes, but maybe a kid should take me out. It’s funny, because I was in the car yesterday, and I texted Scott Gimple and I said, “Promise me, when I die, on the credits sequence, you play Johnny Cash’s version of ‘Hurt.’” And he just said, “I can’t make that promise obviously.” So when I die, please print it in your magazine so that the fans will know to play it, even if we can’t. Even if Scott Gimple decides not to, please everybody play “Hurt.” -- Andrew Lincoln

I am fully on board with this. SO SAY WE ALL.

Hard, just really, really hard. As with everyone, I know it’s coming. It is different than the comics, but at some point everyone dies on The Walking Dead. I would hope that his death would be befitting of his life and Abraham did everything hard. As they say in Spinal Tap, it goes to 11. -- Michael Cudlitz

Wait, he knows for sure his death is going to be different than the comics? Interesting. Okay then, we know he will NOT die by being shot in the head by a Savior (upcoming bad guys), disturbingly speaking a few final words despite having a crossbow bolt through his brain.

You know what, I really like what’s already been said [in the comic]. I think Robert Kirkman did a really amazing job with that. That’s hard to top. What a way to take out a character, and a character that’s been there for so long, by just snatching him away from the viewers and the readers. And it really shows the brutality that is the world that they live in. And I think if I were to go, that’d be a perfect way to go. My cousin actually, he read issue 99 and he’s like, “Dude, I think you might be dead. He’s too happy. Glenn seems too happy in [issue] 99.” And sure enough, 100 came out and I think Kirkman emailed me, or called me or messaged me. He was great about it. But you know, it didn’t affect me too much. I was more just like, “Dude, I can’t believe you took him out like that!” Like, that’s gnarly. -- Steven Yeun

It was gnarly indeed. In the comics Glenn died at the hands of Negan (major upcoming villain), and I'm not even going to describe it in case a version of it happens on the TV show.

I think it has to be a really great story, which they always are on the show. I would want it to be something that exhibits her complexity but it also would have to be authentic to her. She’s just not going to go down without a pretty epic fight. That’s how I see Michonne. It’s not something she’s going to accept easily. I would want her to go down in an epic fashion. That’s what I want for her. -- Danai Gurira

That's what we all want for Michonne. She can't possibly go out in any other way.

I would like to know that Carol is straight-up with the world. I would like to see her comfortable and confident in her thought process and her worldview, and her ability to do what she feels needs to be done to protect herself and her people, and straight-up enough to where whatever happened to her, she just went on a run and disappeared and never came back. It’s kind of like in real life — you want everybody to know where they are with you. I would like for her to not really have any last words, as though they’re not necessary because she made it clear. She made it clear along the way. -- Melissa McBride

Yes, I'd like to see that too. I think by unburdening herself to Tyreese last season Carol's halfway there. She probably needs to get right with Rick, and when we see that happen on the show, we'll start worrying that her days are seriously numbered.

If I had my druthers on how I would go, I would just walk away. You would just see him walk down a road like Mad Max and I’d get smaller and smaller and smaller and smaller, and then a little dog would run on the road with me and just start following me off into the sunset, and you’d never know what happened to him. I would wanna go out like that. Just like, “You remember that dude? What happened to that dude?” -- Norman Reedus

That's so badass, except maybe for the little dog part. Like, is it a chihuahua, or ...?

All right, out of all the main survivors that are left, who would you be LEAST sad to see go in season 5?

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