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The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie Greene in the hit zombie show, says she was “devastated” by the death of a major character in season 8.
Contains spoilers for season 8.
Cohan was speaking ahead of the show’s mid-season premiere, which is set to air in the US on February 25, and a day later in the UK (Feb 26).
“I didn’t really believe it,” she told Entertainment Weekly of her reaction when she learned key character Carl Grimes was being killed off.
“I was definitely in shock. I’m still in shock about it. I feel really interested in how this is going to change the future of the story, because we know how much the story follows Carl’s journey.
“I’m interested in what ideas we’re going to have moving forward. Because I was just really devastated.”
A few weeks ago, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman defended the decision to kill off Carl, played by Chandler Riggs.
Carl was bitten by a deadly zombie in last episode – and his death is expected when the show returns for its mid-season premiere.
Fans are less than happy about the decision, largely because Carl is still alive in the comic books, and features in a very prominent storyline later down the line.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, American comic book writer Kirkman said: “I think Scott [M. Gimple, showrunner] first brought it up to me as a possibility probably about a year ago at this point. At first, I was kind of like, ‘Well, that’s a big one, you know?’ I might have had a little bit of trepidation.
“But once he laid out to me exactly what his long-term plans were, and the things that come out of it, and the things that it leads to, it was something I got on board with,” he continued.
Kirkman, who also serves as an executive producer on the show, said that fans weren’t supposed to be happy when characters die. “We are supposed to be worrying about what comes next, and anticipating what comes next, and stressing about what comes next,” he said. “That just shows you’re engaged and you’re interested.
“Our job is to pay that off and fulfil that interest, and prove that this was a decision worth making. That’s what we’ve got to do.”