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'Walking Dead' Showrunner Says Expect Major Character Deaths Throughout Season 3 (T-Dog?)

by Tambay A. Obenson
October 9, 2012 7:39 PM
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If you're not already psyched for this (we've talked about it enough), or at least curious to see what happens on the series this season, maybe today's piece of news will do something for ya...

In an interview with The Huffington Post, The Walking Dead showrunner, Glen Mazzara, talks about what to expect during the hit AMC series' 3rd season, including Danai Gurira as Michonne, the darkness of the series, and what characters will die, which may be a spoiler you may not want to read.

Of most interest, on Danai Gurira as everyone's favorite sword-wielding zombie slasher, Mazzara had this to say:

"She's a very interesting character to write. Danai Gurira has really done a great job. She's brought this character to life and she's just so much fun to write. I don't want to just say she's a badass, that's so common. But let me just say she's a warrior, she's a solider, she doesn't take crap from anybody and she sees right into the heart of people. It's hard to pull one over on her. She plays a very, very important role this season. I just think people will be excited to follow her journey because she really, in some ways, becomes one of the hearts of the show. She becomes a very, very essential figure."

Well, that's good to know, and something we'll be watching for specifically. It's going to be a good year for Danai.

And as for what characters will die this season...:

"We talk about everyone's demise to the chagrin of all of the actors. All I can promise is there will be major character deaths throughout Season 3, but I can't possibly say who or where, but I guarantee all of them will be surprising."

He doesn't say who exactly, other than that there will be "major character deaths" throughout the season, and they are guaranteed to be surprising. Hopefully, with Michonne becoming a "very essential figure" she won't be one of them; or at least, if she is, it won't be early in the season. 

Might T-Dogg succumb to the brotha rule... finally? Somehow I don't think fans would be upset with that, given how much frsutration has been expressed over his lack of any real use in the series.

Who else might bite the bullet that's a major character in the series? I'll leave the speculation to you folks... especially those who are familiar with the graphic novel the show is based on.

Mazzara told The Huffington Post that he wants to make the series more intense, unpredictable, thrilling, surprising and very far ahead of the audience so that they have no idea what's coming next.

And as season 3 introduces audiences to the prison, where all kinds of brutal and sadistic things occur in the graphic novel, Mazzara says:

We're not going to shy away from any dark material, but I will say that fans will be surprised at the dark material that we do show. What we actually take from the comic book and what original dark material we have coming up, will really surprise the audience.

I'm sure fans are more than ready for whatever intense, unpredictable, thrilling, surprising, dark material they have to throw at us! Less than a week to go -  The Walking Dead premieres this Sunday, October 14 at 9 pm ET on AMC.

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  • jacetoon | October 10, 2012 12:11 PMReply

    Nope, Lori ,aka where the hell is Carl, bites it. Since they have changed some things from the comic I hope they drop the rape of Michonne. Just based on Tara from True blood being the only other undeniable black woman on sci fi television right now. Their answer for story lines for undeniable black female characters is rape.

  • Donella | October 30, 2012 4:46 PM

    Also This Dark Earth by John Horner Jacobs. Rape of Black female. Just tiresome.

  • Donella | October 11, 2012 1:04 PM

    Stephen King's Bag of Bones, Robert Kirkman's Walking Dead, Brian Keene's The Rising, True Blood. I'm sure there's other projects I missed or decided to block from my psyche. But the repetitive use of sexual violence against Black women in scifi/fantasy/horror is annoying.

  • Donella | October 10, 2012 6:59 PM

    "Their answer for story lines for undeniable black female characters is rape." I've noticed this strange and hideous pattern.

  • VichusSmith | October 9, 2012 8:11 PMReply

    In a word, yes. First off, T Dogg is a creation of the TV show, basically replacing a much better black character. Secondly, this is going to be a much more hardcore season if they stick with the source material. They've got two new characters from the books, so it's probably going to go the same way.

    If T is going to make it through, good for him, because fans of individual characters are going to be PISSED!

  • blah, blah | October 9, 2012 8:00 PMReply

    Well since I have read portions of the comic mean graphic novel and it seems that this season will take place at the prison, without spoiling, I'm pretty sure I know who bites the dust. Not saying that T-Dawg won't - just because he is a black man on a horror show but expect a bigger shocker.

  • VichusSmith | October 9, 2012 8:12 PM

    "Comic book" is fine. :)

  • AccidentalVisitor | October 9, 2012 7:51 PMReply

    T-Dog doesn't classify as a "major character", dawg. And they should kill him off considering he gets nothing to do anyway. Now is as good as time as any to post the link of novelist/screen writer Steven Barnes' rant about "The Walking Dead" and T-Dog. I came across it this past summer. While I don't agree with his overall view of Frank Darabont (it is a bit unfair), he still manages to make quite a few points that I concur whole-heartedly with.

  • Donella | October 10, 2012 11:58 AM

    I always pictured Tyrese as an Idris Elba-type when I read the graphic . In the graphic novel, Tyrese is a strong match to Rick and every other alpha male in the story. Tyrese is a strong match for Michonne. Tyrese had background, depth, and sex appeal. T-Dog... no... on all counts. I have the same suspicion about the television producer and writer motivations to weaken and dilute the role of the Black male to the point he's ridiculed and reviled by just about everyone.

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