Kirkman was asked if it's tough to say goodbye to a longtime cast member. He explains:
It's kinda worse than that. Because I got a pretty good idea when all of them are dying. To a certain extent, if we follow the comic, like possibly even more than [showrunner] Scott [M. Gimple] knows.Kirkman then started pointing with his finger around the room, imagining characters and saying:
So I'm always like...two years, three years, six months, two weeks, oh, God this is awful! It's really rough. Doing the comic, it was fine because it was just lines on a paper. Whatever. We're killing that guy. Cool. But the show, it sucks because we all work together, we hang out, and have a great time. But, you know, the story's gotta get done and people gots to die, as I like to say. It's pretty rough.To add up to all that, the cast members can not know who's the next in line for death, because of possible last minute changes
You can't tell 'em. Because we change our minds all the time. And that's the other really bad thing about it. We can't really give them that much warning because there's always a chance that we'll get into actually writing the scripts after we plan things out and we're like, 'Nope, that character's living.' Which has happened many times. So we don't want to have many false news giving situations.The Walking Dead's fifth season will premiere on October 21 on AMC in the US.