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In the season 3 premiere of The Walking Dead, Herschel had an unfortunate run-in with a walker, and ended up losing part of his leg. Can he survive this season?

After Rick and his crew set up in the prison and cleared out most of the walkers, they thought they were in pretty good shape. Then Rick, Daryl, T-Dog, Maggie, Glenn, and Herschel decided to explore a little bit further. Too bad Herschel wasn’t paying enough attention to where he was walking. Spoilers ahead!

In a desperate attempt to save Herschel’s life, Rick decides to hack off Herschel’s leg below his knee. His reasoning is that it isn’t the bite that kills you, but if they let it spread, it could turn him. Will he lose too much blood, or will he make it out alive?

Who will take over the role of doctor now that Herschel is the patient? We have been relying on Herschel, a former veterinarian, to take care of the sick and wounded. Our guess is that Daryl will step up, since he’s had experience hunting and working with animals.

If you’ve read the comics, you know that it is not Herschel who loses his leg, but Allen (even though The Talking Dead incorrectly said in a brief moment that it was Dale). Allen is not someone who we’ve met on the show. The injury results in Allen’s death, so what does that mean for Herschel?

Will the show follow the comics’ same storyline, and include Herschel’s death? How would the group survive without Herschel? He’s definitely become an asset to the group, with his extensive knowledge in medicine and farming. They need him to help cultivate the fields on the prison grounds.

MTV put together a nice tribute video to Herschel’s leg, complete with interviews with the cast and crew about their favorite attributes of the aforementioned leg. Robert Kirkman says that it wasn’t his favorite leg of Herschel’s anyway. Remember the good moments of Herschel’s mobility in this video while taps plays in the background.

Will Herschel make it out alive on this season of ‘The Walking Dead’?

  • http://twitter.com/kebsbin Kevin Grayson

    That is also my question. If they’re gonna follow the fate of Allen in the comics, Herschel will die. Actually, he’ll most likely die due to too much lost of blood and maybe infection. The place is not that clean to do such thing and who knows that thing Rick used to cut Herschel’s leg is sterilized.

    But I think he should survive because if not, who will help give birth to Lori? Who will cultivate the fields? Who will take care of them if they’re sick or something? Well maybe the prisoners who survived inside the prison will help him survive?

    Herschel plays a major role in the group and losing him will really challenge the rest of the survivors. And I hope he stays alive.

    • Matthew Potter

      In the comic it’s not Hershell who helps her give birth, but it seems like they’re switching a lot of the Woodbury stuff up too, so maybe that will also be different. Can’t wait to find out.

  • Matthew Potter

    They didn’t incorrectly say it was Dale. Allen lost his leg after being amputated by Rick, but Dale lost his leg (but a bit lower down closer to the ankle) while with Glenn looking for the armory. Dale however, survived and they made a wooden leg/stump thing for him.

    I think they could easily go either way, but that he’ll probably survive. Him planting the crops was a large part of what made the prison such a sanctuary in the comic.

    I wonder if they’ll keep the storyline with the prisoner with glasses though (forget his name)

    • rsprague

      Gotcha. I guess I guess the situation with Herschel was more similar to Allen’s, so that’s why I assumed they were referring to that one!

      Do you mean Thomas? I know they’re planning on keeping it dark this season, so I wouldn’t be surprised.

      • http://twitter.com/TokoMasho Matthew Potter

        Yeah, that’s who I was thinking. It’d be so messed up, but there is a Greene girl there who could serve that storyline.

  • Aj Taylor

    Well you know. In the comics. Herschel does die. Just not this soon.

  • Andrew_ww

    I know nothing about the comics and I love not knothing anything that could happen. I don’t think he will die yet.
    Do we know how many episodes there will be this season? On IMDB it says 10. Why would they have less this time????

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