‘Walking Dead’ Creator Apologizes for Major Comic Book Death

[Warning: Major spoilers from The Walking Dead comic book array below. Seriously, stop reading if we do not wish to be spoiled.]

Not all deaths are combined equal in a universe of The Walking Dead.

The 167th emanate of Robert Kirkman’s ongoing zombie comic might have only delivered one of a many upsetting deaths in a series.

While a essay had been on a wall for a past few issues, strange impression Andrea was killed off in this month’s issue. As she battled a large zombie society amid an conflict by a newly regrouped Saviors, Andrea postulated a zombie punch on her neck. After fighting on to strengthen Alexandria, she returned home to partner Rick who immediately satisfied a chain of a punch meant certain death.

In a latest issue, Andrea was means to contend goodbye to everybody — including Carl — and yield Rick with a support he indispensable to go on heading a village after her death. After she passed, Rick was quickly incompetent to fire Zombie Andrea and wound adult stabbing his adore in a face before assembly a rest of a village and stepping behind into his purpose as a leader.

The emanate noted a finish of a highway for one of a comic’s strange characters, who like Rick, Carl and Michonne, was deliberate untouchable. Fans of a AMC take on The Walking Dead will remember Laurie Holden’s chronicle of Andrea was shockingly killed off early — in a season 3 finale — with a singer recently revealing that she had an eight-year understanding to sojourn on a array and, like her comic book character, turn Rick’s adore interest. It’s one of a AMC drama’s biggest departures from Kirkman’s source element that paved a approach for a show’s regretful pairing of Rick and Michonne.

Rather than featuring a monthly letters mainstay as good as promos for stirring titles from Skybound, a emanate finished with an romantic note to fans from Kirkman, in that he apologized for Andrea’s death. Watch a video, below, to see how a emanate plays out and corkscrew down to review Kirkman’s letter:

I’m sorry. I’m contemptible to my fans and to myself and to Andrea. we feel like we killed a tighten friend. The deaths in this array are never taken lightly, they’re never finished with a clarity of glee. They import on me a same approach they import on you. These characters are really genuine to me, and their deaths are upsetting even to me.

I plotted this emanate out during a craft float a few months ago. we tract my stories down with a pencil and paper, and there we was in my seat, restraint out scenes and essay discourse surrounded by strangers who substantially suspicion we jotting down a selling list. As we was essay some of a moments from this issue, we started crying. we found myself glancing around, wiping my eyes, anticipating no one would notice. I’ve been vital with this genocide for months now…and we don’t like it.

I had copiousness of time to change my mind. we had copiousness of time to only not do it. we am in control of this story after all. But honestly, infrequently it feels like I’m not. This was one of those times. we don’t like this. we don’t wish this. we wish Andrea to live. we wish to write some-more stories with her. we wish to see her and Rick grow aged together, examination Carl grow adult and have kids of his own. we wish that kind of complacency for these characters.

And yet, here we are.

Andrea is passed and a story moves on. we don’t know because this had to happen…but we know it did. we know this is another critical branch indicate in a life of this series. we know Andrea’s genocide with meant something, that it will ring in a stories relocating brazen for years to come. But we still don’t like it. It still upsets me.

I desired Andrea and we will truly skip her.

—Robert Kirkman

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