Recently, many of the creators and stars of ‘The Walking Dead’ (both the comic and the TV series) got together to celebrate the release of the 100th issue of Robert Kirkman’s ‘The Walking Dead’ comic. At that event, actress Sara Wayne Callies, who plays Lori Grimes on the AMC show, spoke about her ideas for what should happen to her character in the coming seasons of the show.
In the season 2 finale, Lori and Rick (Andrew Lincoln) were at a crossroads with their relationship. Rick had just killed Shane (Jon Bernthal) an episode earlier. Sure… Rick stabbed Shane in self defense but there’s no way he can convince Lori of that. So how does their relationship continue in the coming season?
Warning: Here there be SPOILERS!
If Callies has anything to say about it, Lori will be dead before long. As readers of the comic series already know, Lori is dead before the group leave the prison (which we already know is where season 3 of the show will be set). Whether the death will happen in the show, or if it will happen the same way, no one is saying but Callies says that it has to happen.
During the 100th issue party, Callies was asked about Lori’s death and this is what she had to say:
“Frank Darabont and I actually, before he was tragically and unfairly removed from the show, we used to argue about it, I argued that it was necessary to kill Lori and I feel very strongly that for all of the other deviations we may have from the comic book, killing Lori does something to Rick that is vital for the story and can’t be done any other way.”
Showrunner Glen Mazzara agrees that something has to be done to move the story along after the shocking events of those final two episodes. On the subject, Mazzara said:
“Part of that horror you saw in that last episode was revulsion in [Lori’s] part in [killing Shane]. I think she blames herself. I don’t know if she did intend to put Rick in motion but she did. They have to deal with that. She’s pregnant, they don’t know whose child that is … they can’t get divorced. How do you repair that marriage in front of everybody?”
So, it sounds like the show’s bigwigs are set on doing something with Lori but seeing as the show continues to deviate further and further from the comic on which it is based, whether that will end in Lori’s death remains to be seen. I guess we’ll find out in the coming season when it premieres on AMC on October 14, 2012.
What do you think? Does Lori’s television counterpart have to kick the bucket the same way she did in the comic or is there some other way to repair the Rick/Lori relationship that will take the show in a new and unexpected direction? Voice up below and let us know!