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Last night’s episode of The Walking Dead was another shocker, but to help comfort us show creator Robert Kirkman is explaining why things went down the way they did.

Spoiler warning!

Dale dies by zombie attack at the end of the episode following Carl’s chasing of the same zombie out of a forest.

The Hollywood Reporter spoke to Kirkman about Dale’s death and how this will affect the group:

The Hollywood Reporter: You killed Dale! Are you disappointed that you weren’t able to explore the romance between Dale and Andrea that was such a big part of the comic series?

Robert Kirkman: Not necessarily. I have talked many times how much I like the difference between the comics and the show. There are going to be big plot lines that we may not necessarily get to, like the romance between Dale and Andrea. If you think you really want to read that story line, that’s available in the comics, and I highly recommend you pick those up. The show is always going to be a different animal and the decision to kill Dale off was a big one and it wasn’t one that was made lightly.

Dale has become the moral center of the group and especially in this episode for him to be going around and saying, “Let’s retain our humanity,” he’s the last guy that’s preaching that at this point with Rick making the decisions he has been making of late. To lose this guy at this moment means so much for this group. It’s going to be such a monumental death that it’s going to affect things a great deal moving forward. It seemed like the right time and that to me, all the stories that are going to come out of this that people haven’t seen yet, are worth losing the Dale/Andrea relationship.

THR: How will not having Dale’s voice of reason affect them? Could Andrea potentially fill that role having stepped up late in the game to vote to spare Randall’s life?

Kirkman: Losing that role is very important. This is the time more than ever when they really need someone to stand there and say, “Hey, this is not the popular decision, but I’m still voicing this because it needs to be said.” They don’t have that. Now, we don’t know how they’re going to deal with Randall and we don’t know what they’re going to do as Rick and Shane continue to butt heads. They’ve lost a very important piece of their ensemble, and so they’re not going to be able to make the same decisions they would have made and that’s really going to affect the group as a whole. They are kind of in a bad place and we’re going to have to deal with that.

Read much more from the interview at this link. Were you sad to see Dale go? And how do you think it’ll affect the group?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joey-Mangum/1820064015 Joey Mangum

    I’m VERY angry that they killed Dale! He was pretty much the only sane character on last night’s episode… If the group can’t get its crap together, then I’m afraid I’m done watching this show… I didn’t sign up to see a bunch of Neanderthals run rampant and kill everything in sight every Sunday night… My list of characters I care about just dropped to two…  

  • http://twitter.com/RachelgurlFL Rachel Gay

    i wouldnt wanna see dale and andrea have a romance

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/SirDorkusProductions Dillon

    He was the conscience of the group. It is sad to see him go. But maybe this is the push that Andrea and Rick need to bring both sides of the group together.

  • http://twitter.com/acjub CK

    Well..now there is only two characters left that I like.

    • Emmalou

      Daryl and Glenn? Those are the only two that I can stand on the show anymore.

      • http://twitter.com/acjub CK

        YES! haha, those are the only characters I still like.

  • Jenny

    I think the decision to kill Dale was a good one.  I want to know how Carl will react in the coming episodes after seeing how his actions played out…him being responsible for Dale’s death and all.

    I am also to see how Daryl reacts to his death.  The scene with the two of them at the end had me in tears…I think this was a great plot twist and I can’t wait to see how the dynamics of the group changes.

  • Jael

    What is it with this show killing off all my favourite characters?  Has J.K Rowling been writing the scripts?

  • CliveRogan

     I’ve complained about this before, and you’ve complained about me complaining about this before, but I am going to do it again.  It will be the last time though as I’m bored of doing it.

    You need to stop putting pictures of people who die (or whose life’s been left in the balance) next to a title about shocking spoilers.  Not everyone can watch shows as soon as they air, and don’t want to avoid Hypable as it’s a genuinely good site for entertainment news.

    I saw this title/picture combo before watching the episode so went in knowing Dale wouldn’t be making it out alive.  Sucked some of the shock out of the scene.  I can’t imagine it’d be hard to put a picture that doesn’t reveal the spoiler, or a picture that means something to people who’ve watched it, but nothing to people who haven’t.  Rick holding the gun, or the kid crying or something.

  • Emmalou

    Well they got me to cry like a baby and scream at my tv screen. “NOT DALE! PLEASE NOT DALE!” So umm… mission accomplished, I guess?

  • http://twitter.com/Andrew_ww Andrew W

    Saddest episode yet.
    Stop putting the picture of something describing the spoiler. It is a spoiler.

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