One of The Walking Dead‘s most beloved characters almost didn’t make it past season 3. Executive producer, director, and special effects makeup artist, Greg Nicotero, has revealed that Carol, played by Melissa McBride, was originally set to die in the episode that we lost T-Dog, played by IronE Singleton.
“Not a lot of people know that when we were shooting season three, in the episode where T-Dog died, there was a moment where Carol was going to die in lieu of T-Dog’s character,” Nicotero told SFX magazine. “At that point there was some concern in the writers’ room that they didn’t know where to take her character. So the fact that Scott Gimple and the writers have been able to craft this amazing journey for her just goes to show that there is a tremendous amount of story to tell for a lot of these characters.”
T-Dog perished early in season 3 when he trying to secure a fence and then was bit in the neck in a rather graphic scene.
“I had no idea that I was going to go out so heroically, at the beginning, because when I was first cast in the show, I was told that I would do two, maybe three episodes, but I ended up staying on the show for three seasons,” Singleton had told Collider when asked about his death scene. “How miraculous is that? So, I’m very thankful for that. And when I get the death call, as I call it, the entire executive team were very gracious and appreciative of what I’ve done. I was just very thankful to receive a phone call and to be respected, in that sense. They told me I was going to die, and I was looking forward to reading the script. When I read it, I was thankful that he would go out as a hero. It made me feel really appreciated.”
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