THE WALKING DEAD: Sarah Wayne Callies Discusses The Events Of last Night's Shocking Episode

THE WALKING DEAD: Sarah Wayne Callies Discusses The Events Of last Night's Shocking Episode

If you haven't seen last night's episode entitled "Killer Within" yet, obviously it's advised that you stop reading now as the following article will contain massive SPOILERS. For those that have, read on for Callies' thoughts on finding out what was going to happen..

The fourth episode of the third season of AMC's The Walking Dead was by far the most harrowing, brutal ep of the show so far. Not only did we have to witness T-Dog being torn apart by walkers, but Lori's death soon after that as she decides to sacrifice her own life for that of her child's, and has Maggie perform a fatal c-section. Her emotional goodbye to her son Carl must have had even the staunchest Lori haters reaching for the tissues. Entertainment Weekly caught up with actress Sarah Wayne Callies to get her thoughts on what went down in a lengthy interview. Here is the opening excerpt in which she reveals how she found out that she was to be killed off, and discusses her feeling about it..

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Tell me about how you first learned that Lori was going to die?

SARAH WAYNE CALLIES: Well, I was at home and had just gotten off the phone for an interview, and I’d just come back from Thailand. I had gone to work at a refugee camp there for a little bit. I was stumbling through this interview because my head was not at all anywhere near the television show. The last question, she said, “Are you afraid to be killed off the show?” I said, “Absolutely not.” She said, “That’s confident.” I said, “Oh no, I’m confident it will happen, but I’m not worried about it.” You don’t take a job in acting at all expecting 25 years in and a pension. You certainly don’t take a job on a show called The Walking Dead knowing your character gets iced in the book and think, I’m safe. Frank Darabont and I argued about this several times, because he wasn’t sure he ever wanted to get rid of Lori. I fought with him about it. I said, “You have to. Lori’s death does something to Rick that you cannot do any other way. Eventually, you’re going to have to do it.

We kicked that can down the road, and ultimately it ended up being on someone else’s watch. So I hung up the phone. Put it down. And then the phone rang again. I picked it up, and he goes, “Hey, it’s [showrunner] Glen Mazzara.” And I go, “Hey, what can I do for you?” And he said, “I wish I had the time to say this right, but I’m in the car on the way to the airport because my mother is on her deathbed. And I wanted you to hear it from me — you’re being killed off the show.” Then there was a pause. And he said, “What do you think?” I said, “How’s your mom?” He said, “What?” I said, “How’s your mom?” He started explaining some of the circumstances, and I said, “How are you?” And there was a long pause and he goes, “Did you hear me?” I said “Yeah, I heard you. I’m sure I’ll have a bunch of emotions about it, but it’s a television show, and your mother is dying. So how are you?” And so it was a really interesting, bizarre way of hearing the news. Before we got off the phone, I said, “Listen, Glen, I’m a big girl. I’ve been doing this for a while. This is fine. I loved this show. I poured my heart and soul into this show. I will pour it in until the very last frame. But I’m not going to cry, I’m not going to pitch a fit. You’re doing what’s best for the show. And thank you for calling me on the way to the airport.” That could have gone down real differently. And I wouldn’t have blamed him at all if he had someone else call me."

Fans of the Walking Dead comic series will have known that Lori most likely had a date with destiny coming up sooner or later, but this had to have been much sooner than anyone expected. How do you guys feel about how she checked out? And the fact that her baby would seem to have been spared...for now! For the full interview be sure to click the link back to EW below.

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marvel72 - 11/5/2012, 6:46 AM
i'm glad she died but i wished it was more brutal.she was a annoying bitch,just carl & carol left.
manymade1 - 11/5/2012, 6:49 AM
T-Dog dies, characters stare at his body for 5 seconds.

Lori dies, we'll get a whole episode on that.
xeno - 11/5/2012, 7:03 AM
The only reason to have a woman get pregnant in a zombie movie, show or comic is to kill her off in some disgusting way that involves hideous amateur surgery. Even if she hadn't died in the comic everyone should have seen that coming.

How the hell do those zombies ever catch anyone? Seems like only the slow or the stupid should become victims.
Mysterion - 11/5/2012, 7:09 AM
If the producers portrayed Lori in a more sympathetic light and not be such a bitch, her death scene while having her final moments with Carl would’ve been more gut wrenching.
I like being on twitter while watching the show to get other peoples perspective at real time and damn everyone was happy she died.
MrE - 11/5/2012, 7:10 AM
It's hell to be an African American on the Walking Dead. All T-Dog ever said was "Aw, hell no!" And now Michonne only says, "Gimme back our weapons!" and frowns a lot.
RorMachine - 11/5/2012, 7:19 AM
I have no idea why Lori was so hated. Ok her character was not easy to warm to, but she wasn't a BAD person. She just made some bad choices..something she acknowledges before her death. Plus Callies acted very well too. I found her to be a lot more sympathetic this season anyway, and obviously there was a reason for that! Don't know how anyone could have watched that scene and not feel something..some ice cold muffuggas round here!
mawilli4 - 11/5/2012, 7:22 AM
I was hoping she'd miscarry and the zombie baby would eat her from the inside out.
mawilli4 - 11/5/2012, 7:23 AM
with that said, when Carl capped her, I teared up a little.
kirynthemighty - 11/5/2012, 7:26 AM
me having read all the books I have to say I don't think I really like how they did in Lori in the show. It did have its emotional gut wrenching part which the book version wouldn't it would have just been shocking, but still, I don't know how I feel about her getting killed off this early. Rick isn't supposed to lose his shit this early over Lori, still a lot of stuff to happen yet. I guess we'll see how this pans out. I think I am just really nervous that they are going to REALLY nerf the govenor and not make him close to as f$&ked up as the book, which would be VERY dissappointing. I guess we'll all have to watch and see.
LoudLon - 11/5/2012, 7:27 AM
@RorMachine -- agreed. I never understood everyone's hatred of that character on the show. I thought Callies infused a lot of gravitas into the role and I'm going to miss her on it.
jasonicus - 11/5/2012, 7:30 AM
Classy lady. I honestly think this was a poor decision but I guess we'll see how it plays out.
MiracleMe - 11/5/2012, 7:40 AM
@RorMachine and LoudLon -
As well. I liked her character though not many of the decisions she made. Sorry to see her go. Anxious to see where things are going. Such a great show!
Talontd - 11/5/2012, 7:47 AM
Great Ep last night!!

I thought everything was handled pretty well last night, Callies never bothered me in the show, however, I couldn't wait for her death because of what it does to Rick!

Speaking of Rick, or the actor Andrew Lincoln, what a great fcuking job he did last night! His reaction to his wife's death almost brought me to tears...

...job well done to everyone involved with the show!
MrSundayMovies - 11/5/2012, 7:47 AM
I'm not a huge fan of the character but I found Ricks reaction quite moving to watch.
gastitdk - 11/5/2012, 7:49 AM
@MrE lol, Michonne is SO bad written. And acted too.
pud333 - 11/5/2012, 7:57 AM
So glad she's dead. Now all they have to do is kill off the other half of the annoying cast.
blvdnoise - 11/5/2012, 7:59 AM
Dear zombies, Please kill Andrea.. A lot
Mugwamp - 11/5/2012, 8:00 AM
Classy lady. As an actress I think it's great that she understood that character must die sooner or later. As far as the character, She was easy to look at on the show, but at times during season 2 you just wanted to shake her and say "Back Rick's play woman, support your husband!" Still, it was an emotional death and very well played by all involved. I'm interested to see how this changes all the players. Well done Miss Callies, hope to see you around some other shows!
TayDee - 11/5/2012, 8:04 AM
I teared up when Rick found out. Solid performance from him and the kid who plays Carl
HelaGood - 11/5/2012, 8:11 AM
she annoyed the hell out of me
scapegoatjones - 11/5/2012, 8:12 AM
Lori kind of got off easy with the TV version of her death. It's called 'rounding corners'. Just like it was easier to have Carl shoot a newly-zombified Shane, rather than to show a child shooting another actual human being.

Man they are moving through the source material fast!

Great performance by Andrew Lincoln.
ALmighty1080 - 11/5/2012, 8:18 AM
How does she die in the comics?

I thought it was a pretty emotional way to kill her character off. T-dog's was pretty lame, i dont like the stupidity with some of these guys, it would seem to be common sense to watch your back at every given moment. Or at least wear some wrist guards and football shoulder pads!!!! :D
evilness - 11/5/2012, 8:22 AM
i don't think continually "making bad choices" and being a straight-up annoying bitch can be redeemed by just "acknowledging it" at the end. her and carl have been the jar jar binks of this show. i'm glad she's dead.
RorMachine - 11/5/2012, 8:34 AM
Well I never found her to be "an annoying bitch".
gmckoy - 11/5/2012, 8:35 AM
great episode, lori served her purpose, rick will transform into a full blooded killer now, bitter, ah love it lol

t-dog wasnt anything special, he was too docile, lets see a tyrese brand of character, lets hope that inmate provides us with that character
Jaspion - 11/5/2012, 8:39 AM
I admit Rick's reaction made me cry.
KryptonitePen - 11/5/2012, 8:47 AM
@Almighty1080 she's running away from the prison toward rick and the gang when she gets shot from behind. She actually delivered the baby in the comics and was carrying her and when she gets shot its rips through her and blows the baby away. I can see why they couldn't put that (graphically) on television but I also think the emotional repercussions of Rick actually seeing his wife and newborn blown in half in front of him was much more of an impact. Dont know where they are going to go story-wise with the baby now.
GUNSMITH - 11/5/2012, 8:50 AM

DrHorrible - 11/5/2012, 8:59 AM
I myself never found Lori annoying or bitchy. I thought they would do the death from the comics, but this death did just fine.

The only character on the show I can't [frick]ing stand is Andrea. GOOD [frick]ING GOD, does she HAVE to look like she just smelled a pile of shit every time she's on screen?! Jeez. Just due to her stupid-looking face, I hope it gets chewed off.

Sorry about that. I got a little carried away. ;)
SUPERSHADOWBAT - 11/5/2012, 9:03 AM
I liked Lori, she was a very torn character. Everyone on the show has a different personality and how they react to the situation they are in is what makes TWD such a great show. RIP Lori and T- Dogg.
Jolt17 - 11/5/2012, 9:09 AM
Great actress. Well, she could live up the character until it influences some people to hate her so much...but really, Callies in Lori's final moment is just wow. Also a nice act that she actually approves the death of her character for the sake of the other characters' development.

Can't wait to see how Rick and Carl will be affected later - might radically transform Carl into a full badass kid, so that...y'know, he can redeem himself for all his past stupidities.
Jolt17 - 11/5/2012, 9:13 AM
T-Dog was rather pointless indeed, but from the bits shown of his character, I've actually grown into liking him...shame that even his heroic death apparently won't bring the character up to a higher level. I was actually expecting more of him in this season - although being a door barrier, actually having some dialogues, and that his heroic death of his should be better than nothing, I guess.

Oh, well. Let's see what that prisoner has...
DrHorrible - 11/5/2012, 9:15 AM
@HalloweenJack Not to be a dick, but what has that child done to you that you would say such a thing? Seriously. It may be a fictional child, but that's no reason to lash out and call it a bastard zombie child. That's just...wrong.
screechop - 11/5/2012, 9:17 AM
The new inmate (Oscar) may have some similar characteristics to Tyresse but I honestly think they've given that role to Daryl. He's Ricks second hand man and he's a badass guy. Him and Carol have a relationship brewing, and Carol isn't dead. Maybe she ends up saving Lori or something stupid. I would hate for Lori to survive. How these events affect Rick are so essential to his characters development.
MilesMorales - 11/5/2012, 9:41 AM
T-Dog sucummbed to the TV rule, "Only one black man on a show that isn't on the BET network." Did you see all those imates? 3 black guys on one show?!?! No way would a network allow all that shuckin' and jive'n on one program. Had to thin down the weeds a bit. Expect the black guy who works for the governor to go next lmao! <<>>
Gary8264 - 11/5/2012, 9:56 AM
Can't say I liked Lori's character....'course I can say I hated her... hahaha and, is it just me, or did anyone else thin' that the leadin' lady should have a lil more shape to her? I mean, from behind she coulda been Glen's brother not wife.
rustybarrel - 11/5/2012, 10:00 AM
Screechop - How the hell would Carol save Lori?! Carl shot Lori in the head! Are you just commenting based on the comments you read and didn't actually see the episode?
LucasMend - 11/5/2012, 10:16 AM
Now when does the baby dies?
badacid - 11/5/2012, 10:17 AM
Man, at the last second, I thought T-Dog was going to be the "voice of compassion" Dale replacement. Guess that went out the window.

Also, I wonder how much hate for Lori is because she "cheated" on Rick with Shane. Shane, the single, family friend who genuinely looked after Carl when Rick was
1) comatose
2) only alive BECAUSE of Shane in the first place
3) someone who no one had any reason to expect to be alive since HEY, ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE.

I'm glad Lori wasn't a one-dimensional wife, one who only agreed with her husband. Rick's getting merciless, and her death will likely only harden him more (as in the comics).
xRelentlessx - 11/5/2012, 10:17 AM
@manymade1 Exactly. I'm glad Lori's dead. She was so selfish. T-Dog didn't need to die. they just needed to get rid of one token black man to introduce another as a part of the group. Two many black men for one show. -__- Very sad.
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