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8 Revelations About The Walking Dead From Robert Kirkman's Reddit AMA

AMC's The Walking Dead is a massive multimedia story line these days, spanning comic books, novels, video games and, of course, the highest-rated series on television. And at the epicenter of this sprawling narrative empire is its creator, comic-book writer Robert Kirkman.
So fans were understandably excited this week to see Kirkman offer himself up for a Reddit AMA ("Ask Me Anything") session. Many of his comments had implications not just for the comics he continues to write each month, but also for the show and other extensions that remain loyal to his vision.
We compiled a few of his more interesting responses, which cover everything from his willingness to kill off beloved characters to his complicated feelings on the TV series' high-profile turnover of showrunners:
1. He's not afraid to kill off Rick.
Q: Is Rick Grimes a "safe" character?
A: ABSOLUTELY NOT. Although when I look in Andrew Lincoln's piercing blue eyes I FEEL safe.
2. Even Daryl, a popular show-only character played by Norman Reedus, could get killed off.
Q: How does popularity, if at all, affect the survival rate of characters? Have you ever killed a character just because they were popular and you wanted to shake things up?
A: In my opinion, I feel like characters ripen like fruit. So while I wouldn't say the more popular a character is the more likely they are to die, they do have to reach a certain level of popularity before they've "earned" the death. No character is too popular to die. (Suck it, Reedus!)
Q: How's your relationship with Reedus and the rest of the cast? Does it influence in their character's fate? See more
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