The Walking Dead is a show that’s been unafraid to kill off key characters throughout its run, with each death proving to be more painful than the last. Much like Game of Thrones, the showrunners have little to no regard for the feelings of fans when it comes to serving the greater narrative of the series. Oftentimes, a death is necessary in order to give viewers a sense of the stakes. When a show makes death a permanent fixture, it ramps up the series’ suspense.
The AMC zombie drama has proven itself to be the frontrunner in character deaths. Each subsequent passing has shocked us, marking turning points in the series each time it occurs. Fan favorites and villains alike have bit the dust, but a small handful of deaths stand above the others as the most shocking and surprising of the bunch. These are the ones that changed the show forever, sending fans into an uproar the second the credits rolled.
1. Dale, Season 2
For much of his run in the first two seasons, Dale was the moral compass of the group. It made it that much more tragic to see him get disemboweled by a walker. It seemed odd that any walker would be able to sneak up on someone, but that’s just one opinion. Regardless, his death was one that hit hard when it occurred, especially given his status as a generally loved and respected character.