'Walking Dead' star breaks down latest game-changer
Sarah Wayne Callies on never thinking her character was 'safe'
By Kenny Herzog Nov 5, 2012 9:50AM
WARNING: Spoilers ahead
Things went from tense to bonkers on Sunday night's "Walking Dead," and we're not even halfway through the season. First, T-Dog sacrificed himself so Carol could survive, and we're not even sure whether she did. Then, in a sad and gruesome turn of events, Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) delivered her baby in a dank prison maintenance room during a zombie attack. Unfortunately, the birth called for Maggie to perform a sacrificial C-section while Carl looked on. It was a scene that made Hershel's forced amputation seem pleasantly un-stomach-churning. Poor Carl then put a post-mortem bullet in his mom's skull to spare her the undignified transformation into a walker. Good times.
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It can never be easy getting written out of a popular show, but Callies has taken the exit in stride. Talking with Entertainment Weekly, the actress says, "You certainly don’t take a job on a show called 'The Walking Dead' knowing your character gets iced in the book and think, 'I’m safe.'" In fact, she explains, "[Original showrunner] Frank Darabont and I argued about this several times, because he wasn’t sure he ever wanted to get rid of Lori. I fought with him about it. I said, 'You have to. Lori’s death does something to Rick that you cannot do any other way. Eventually, you’re going to have to do it.'"
Fans may remember that it nearly occurred last season, when already pregnant Lori made the questionable decision to search for Rick outside Hershel's farm and got in a nasty car wreck. As for when Callies received the news that her alter-ego's demise was really imminent this time, she remembers telling current showrunner Glen Mazzara, "I’m a big girl. I’ve been doing this for a while. This is fine. I loved this show. I poured my heart and soul into this show. I will pour it in until the very last frame. But I’m not going to cry, I’m not going to pitch a fit. You’re doing what’s best for the show."
Although her passing will certainly wreak havoc on hubby Rick (Andrew Lincoln), who's already killed his best friend and compromised any original ethos to only semi-successfully keep his ragtag group safe. But that looming unease is why people love the show, and as of now, it's ventured into bleak and violent territory from which there's seemingly no return.
"The Walking Dead" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.
Nov 6, 2012 6:59AM
A great show for sure....Why is it that Carl in the season opener is picking off walkers with the gun his Dad gave him with a silencer, yet when they are trying to hide in the maintenance room and not attract attention and he off's his Mom there is a loud bang from his gun and he's not using it?. Anyway I guess Sarah can take a break from acting in a prison setting with guys named T-Bag or T-dog. Good job though.
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