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‘Walking Dead’ EP Talks About Why THEY Had to Die

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So last night’s mid-season finale of The Walking Dead was a proverbial (and literal) blood bath, even by Walking Dead standards. It featured the death of two important characters and rearranged the deck chairs of the show, which will surely take the motley crew of zombie apocalypse survivors in strange new (darker?) directions in the back-half of season four. But before we head those directions when the series returns in February, it seems like a good time to talk to executive producer Scott Gimple and gets his insight on what [SPOILER] and [SPOILER] had to die.

Now if you haven’t had the chance to watch last night’s episode, you have till zero to avert your eyes, click back or navigate way form the page.

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So Sunday night, we bid adieu to both Hershel (Scott Wilson) and the Governor (David Morrissey), Hershel with his throat cut, executed by The Governor, and The Governor getting run through with Michonne’s katana. While talking to The Hollywood Reporter today, Gimple talked about why Hershel and The Governor had to go.

On The Governor: “We threw the ball around on all possibilities last year and threw them around this year; it’s part of the writers’ room experience. I don’t think that there was big push last year for the Governor story to end, and I certainly agree that there was more story I wanted to tell with the Governor. I do believe that this episode — and both the story from the first five episodes and the Governor’s two episodes after that — was those stories crashing together. Those were also the endings to those individual stories. This episode was very much an ending for those two episodes — “Live Bait” and “Dead Weight” — for the Governor’s story, not simply because he died but what he was trying to do at the prison and how everything went down. How he finally was defined to be a person who did what he did.”

On Hershel: “From a story standpoint, they lost the prison, they lost their home, civilization and Hershel was the embodiment of a civilized and humanistic approach. This episode and where the story is turning is what happens when all that is taken away, especially for Rick. Hershel was the driving force beyond — Carl and Judith — to Rick’s change when we join him at the beginning of the season. Everything he tried to achieve had been taken away from him over the first five episodes, and now he’s lost the person who walked him through that. It’s a very important part of the story that Hershel died; it isn’t just shock death. We’re going to see now with all these things taken away from Rick if he can come back from this. Moving into the next season and a half, the loss of Hershel will be felt and will be this driving element in Rick’s character.”

I have a feeling though that Rick will be more occupied with the fate of Judith than what happened to Hershel, still it was all very brutal indeed.

So Bastards, what were your thoughts about the latest episode of The Walking Dead?

Source: Blastr

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