Over the course of the last three seasons, The Walking Dead has found no shortage of characters to kill off, including its major players. This year alone, Dead has already axed Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) and T-Dog (IronE Singleton). Now that The Governor (David Morrisey) is hellbent on making Michonne (Danai Gurira), Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Andrea (Laurie Holden) — the list goes on and on — pay, there are sure to be more casualties on the way. With the penultimate episode airing Sunday (9/8c, AMC), we take a look at the odds on which of our favorite characters could die before the season ends:
Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln)
There's no doubt that the writers will and probably should kill off Rick someday, but the end of Season 3 seems a little premature to us. There are still plenty of ripe story lines from the source material for our hero to deal with, the least of which is current comic villain Negan and his, ahem, friend Lucille. And although it's a safe bet that Rick will still be around after the finale, we're open to him suffering a little bit. How about losing an appendage?
Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs)
Even Laurie Holden said it: Rick's son is about the only one who's truly safe. The show has already killed off Rick's wife and best friend, therefore axing his only link to his pre-apocalypse life would just be cruel. Besides, we've gotten to see him mature and become one of our favorites. Kill off baby Judith? Sure. Carl? Blasphemy!
Beth Greene (Emily Kinney)
Killing off the heart of the group — singing apparently makes everything better in the apocalypse! — would be overly harsh, and we need some sweetness in this crazy-scary world. Plus: She's practically a child and therefore could be, alongside Carl, the future of the group.
Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride)
Although Carol hasn't exactly had the most to do in Season 3 — except for nearly dying, which isn't exactly doing anything —her burgeoning relationship with Daryl has been a heartwarming highlight in such a dim world that it would be a shame to kill her off before anything really happened between the pair.
Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus)
The show has already killed off Rick's original right-hand man in Shane, so it seems unlikely they'd axe Daryl so soon as well. Plus: They already put Daryl's head on the chopping block in the midseason finale, only to see him come out swinging, so why try again? And if any Dixon brother is going to meet his maker, we put our money on Merle (See below).
Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun)
Sure, Glenn may relish the chance to pay The Governor back for nearly raping his girlfriend Maggie, but after his initial freak-out it seems like the young marauder has so far been able to keep his emotions in check. Plus: We're sure executive producer and comic book creator Robert Kirkman has other ideas about when Glenn will be up to bat for the Grim Reaper.
Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan)
Maggie has been through enough this season! After The Governor nearly raped her, would the Dead writers really kill her off? Maybe. Although the young love between Maggie and Glenn has been a bright spot in this dark season, but should she die, that could presumably be a powerful catalyst to set off Glenn. And although we wouldn't wish for him to grieve, Glenn sure is powerful when he's fired up.
Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson)
With only one good leg, Hershel seems like an easy (and slow) target. After all, the writers planned to kill him off last season, so it doesn't seem likely he'll get yet another reprieve. His death would also serve for an emotional punch to the gut with him now being the voice of reason within the group.
Michonne (Danai Gurira)
While we love Michonne and hope the Dead writers keep her around for as long as her comic book counterpart (She's still kicking in the latest issue, #108), The Governor is dead set on killing her in particular since she took his eye and killed his zombie daughter. Better watch your back!
Andrea (Laurie Holden)
Seriously, she's in The Governor's rape room. Could she be in any more danger? Still, Andrea has a knack for getting herself out of tight spots, so it wouldn't surprise us if she found a way out — but not before The Governor makes her pay, that's for sure. Andrea has turned into a true badass — she was only a lawyer before — so it would be a shame to waste her so soon.
Milton Mamet (Dallas Roberts)
Now that he's shown his true colors — presumably he's the one who set the fires at the walker pit — to The Governor, it seems highly likely that Woodbury's once-trusted advisor is now just as much in the crosshairs as the rest of the gang at the prison, especially considering he tried to warn them through Andrea.
Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker)
Other than his brother Daryl, no one likes Merle. He has no place in the prison, and The Governor certainly isn't going to take him back at Woodbury. He's already proven his inability to strike out on his own and a thirst for senseless violence. How long before his tough guy act gets him killed? Our guess: He won't escape death twice.
The Governor (David Morrissey)
The Dead writers have done a good job of moving the story forward at a breakneck speed this season, so it would seem unlikely they'd want to retread on old territory in Season 4 by keeping The Governor alive (just how many raids can there be?), especially considering the sadistic leader of Woodbury would never give up his quest for vengeance while still breathing. It's time to move on to other threats.
Who do you think is going to die?
The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9/8c on AMC.