When it comes to character deaths on The Walking Dead the mantra is that ‘no one is safe’, and considering how many major characters we’ve said goodbye to over its eight seasons (we still miss you, Hershel) that’s at least partly true.
According to Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, even characters seemingly essential to the series aren’t entirely safe, and that includes small-town cop turned leader of the zombie apocalypse Rick Grimes.
Mind, Kirkman is a known troll so we should probably take anything he says with a pinch of salt and realistically there must be some characters that AMC would be reluctant to kill off for fear of pissing off the massive cash cow that is the Walking Dead fandom.
So, we’re calling The Walking Dead’s bluff and saying that there are definitely a few characters they won’t have the guts to bump off … probably.
When Negan killed Glenn at the start of Season 7, he not only crushed his brains but also crushed the one ray of light the post-apocalypse world had to offer. But when Glenn left us in a splatter of brain matter, Paul ‘Jesus’ Rovia picked up the slack as the new optimist in town – a fair man still able to see the good in people despite the sh*t he’s seen.
He’s also wily, has Houdini-level escape artist abilities and is a skilled fighter to boot – all qualities that could well see him survive to the end of the show – and as one of only three openly gay characters after the death of Eric, AMC would be well-advised to keep him around if they want to continue claiming The Walking Dead as one of television’s most diverse programmes.
Plus, he’s called Jesus. Can they really kill off a character called Jesus? Imagine the uproar from their god-fearing American demographic.