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Deaths on The Walking Dead
It’s likely been a long time since The Walking Dead fans tuned in to the show without the fear that one of their favorite apocalypse survivors was going to bite the bullet or just get bitten. In light of Sunday night’s season 7 finale, we’ve compiled some of the most dramatic deaths over the show's run — one that has truly redefined the meaning of "Sunday Scaries." Beware: spoilers and lots of gross guts and gore follow.
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Sophia (Madison Lintz)
The search for Carol's missing daughter went on for so long that by the time she was found dead and reanimated as a walker we'd kind of forgotten how much we cared about her. Nonetheless, out of love for Carol and the fact that Sophia was just a young child, her death still makes the list. Tears? Sure, go ahead, let 'em roll.
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Shane (Jon Bernthal)
Shane was pretty much the first fool to try and take on Rick Grimes and fail — though his approach was a little more personal. The two had served together in the King County Sheriff department pre-walker days and they'd been best buds since high school, but — as so often seems to be the case — the end of the world really brought out the worst in spiteful Shane. He lies to Rick and lures him out into a field where he plans to kill his former friend until Rick turns the tables and takes sneaky Shane out. Worthy of your viewer tears? Not one drop.
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T-Dog (IronE Singleton)
It was a sad day when good ol' T-Dog wasn't part of the gang anymore. He was a morally upright and entirely inoffensive character, which made his death perhaps not the most memorable ever, but still pretty upsetting. At least he went out fighting for his friends, as we would expect: His last scene sees him sacrificing himself to save Carol when the prison is overrun with walkers. Tear level? Moderate.
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Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies)
There's a time and place for pregnancy and amidst a zombie apocalypse is certainly not the best one. Lori was Rick's wife and Carl's mom. She got pregnant in season two and it's still unknown whether Rick or Shane is the father. But that wasn't her biggest preggers problem: When Lori went into premature labor she knew her baby was in peril and forced Maggie to perform an emergency C-section. She then bled to death. The worst part? Carl was left to take out the walker she turned into and then break the news to his father. Worth letting your eyes spill over? Yes, but mostly for Rick's roaring response.
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Andrea (Laurie Holden)
There's no denying that Andrea lost a lot of likability when she started hooking up with The Governor (that original baddie who now seems like a nice chap compared to Negan), but her death still made for a dramatic moment. Unfortunately it's her subpar taste in men that gets her killed in the end as The Governor ties her to his torture chair and leaves her with a walker. She manages to escape, but she's bitten first and ultimately takes her own life with Rick's gun rather than turn. Gal-pal Michonne stays with her in her last moments. Chance of tears? Thirty percent, if you're feeling generous.
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Hershel (Scott Wilson)
Ugh, this one really sucked. Despite stupidly keeping a barn full of walkers in the hopes that a cure would be discovered, Maggie and Beth's dad, Hershel, became an integral member of the crew and a moral compass and advisor for Rick in dark moments. His death at the hands of The Governor with Michonne's katana caused a blood bath and ensuing gunfight. Cry level: highly probable.
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The Governor (David Morrissey)
About time. Tears of celebration all round.
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Tyreese (Chad Coleman)
It's always a shame when a character does down by an easily avoided bite rather than in a glorious battle scene. That was pretty much Tyreese's downfall when Noah's brother's corpse sunk his teeth into his arm. Although Michonne sliced it off in an attempt to save him, he ended up bleeding to death. Rather an unworthy death for an unsung hero and primary babysitter to little Judith. Grab the tissues? Maybe just one.
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Lizzie (Brighton Sharbino) and Mika (Kyla Kenedy)
You can't really blame a 12-year-old for not being entirely socially adjusted when she's grown up in an apocalyptic world, but Lizzie still gave us the creeps. She starts small, torturing animals, and then decides the walkers are her friends, before winding up killing her younger sister Mika when she fails to perceive the difference between the living and the dead. Carol ends up shooting Lizzie in the back of the head, realizing she is too dangerous to be around others. Likely to cause a breakdown? Oh, yeah; they're cute (if crazy) kids for goodness' sake.
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Beth (Emily Kinney)
It almost seems like Maggie is a magnet for bad luck on this show — then again, most are. Losing her little sister is certainly a devastating blow for Maggie, who has already lost every other member of her family apart from her husband (at that point). Beth dies in a showdown/exchange with the evil folks at Grady Memorial Hospital, but at least she manages to stab one of her captors before she dies. Tears inevitable? It happens so fast you might not have time, but the aftermath with Maggie's reaction should get you going.
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Noah (Tyler James Williams)
We always knew revolving doors were a death trap. It was a shame to say goodbye to Noah so soon — the kid had a lot of potential. Not only did he step up and fight readily when needed, he also showed a keen interest in architecture and the future of Alexandria. Tears? A plenty, if you can force your face out of its shocked expression.
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Spencer (Austin Nichols)
This one was kind of a blessing in disguise. Weak-willed and a complete coward, Spencer's (guts) brutal taking out by Negan was maybe the only time the sadistic dictator did something we can thank him for. Useless Spencer was trying to usurp Rick when Negan violently disemboweled him so we can’t really say we’re gutted to see him go. Crying? Maybe with joy. (Too far?)
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Abraham (Michael Cudlitz)
It wasn’t right, but it was okay because we thought that the redheaded warrior’s death at the hands of Negan meant that a more beloved member of the Alexandria crew had dodged the spiked bat, only to discover…
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Glenn (Steven Yeun)
Glenn was next to step up to the plate. It hurt us almost as much as Lucille hurt him…almost. A member of the OG cast and more or less Rick’s right-hand man (if we don’t count Daryl) the death of Maggie’s husband and baby daddy was truly a brutal blow, even if it was as easy to see coming as a hoard of walkers in a empty field. Tear level? Sobbing, ugly sobbing.
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Dr. Carson (Tim Parati)
Chargrilled doctor, anyone? Negan slid the good doc into the oven as smoothly as if he was a pizza on a peel. Likely to make you tear up? Mostly with disgust.
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Sasha (Sonequa Martin)
It's hard to fully feel sad about a character's demise when they use their death in such a pivotal "let's stop the bad guys" way. In the season 7 finale, Sasha poisons herself to derail Negan's plans and thereby save pretty much all of her pals in the progress. We may have the chance to get into the mourning next season, but for now it's time to feel proud of Sasha's kickass exit. One for the criers? Not so much.