The Strolling Lifeless was THE breakout present on cable when it was launched in 2010. Even now, nearly ten years later, the present stays far forward of something on cable the place scores are involved. It was extraordinarily in style in its heyday as a consequence of storylines that pit characters in life-ending conditions with selections not possible to make. The strain that these tales introduced was what made it a lot enjoyable to observe; you could possibly name the present a personality research of individuals when they’re within the worst of conditions. For this reason we grew to become connected to those characters and would fear if they’d see a horrible finish in no matter episode that aired.
The Strolling Lifeless has a behavior of changing its characters on common intervals in order to drive house the concept that anybody can chew the mud at any level. Whereas this made the present really feel like severe enterprise proper from the get-go, the core group had, at the moment, all the time remained. We grew very fond of those characters they usually have been the prime ones we adopted to see the place the apocalypse world would go along with these folks at its forefront.
Now, nearly all of the originals have gone and solely a handful stay. This isn’t an excellent factor because the present’s recognition has severely lacked within the final couple of years. There’s little doubt that character departures, and retaining lackluster characters, have contributed to this downfall in recognition and acclaim.
Listed below are 15 Character Exits That Damage The Present (And 10 That Want To Go).
25 Damage: Jesus
The one good character launched in Season 6 who was, properly, good. Jesus was the ultimate particular person we had any look after on the Hilltop and his demise within the mid-season finale of Season 9 takes away any curiosity we’d have had within the location.
Jesus was additionally simply such a cool man to observe, with an excellent coronary heart, and his teased storyline of turning into the chief of the Hilltop was one thing we needed to observe. Nonetheless, he wasn’t given a lot to do as of late and that’s why he was written out.
24 Wants To Go: Daryl
What precisely has Daryl achieved since Season 5? For the final three years, he’s descended into probably the most boring character you may consider. He grew to become a breakout character earlier on as a consequence of his snarky persona and fast wit, however none of that is still now as he simply drones in his dialogue.
Even probably the most ardent followers of his have misplaced curiosity as a result of there’s simply nothing to observe about Daryl anymore. We all know he’s simply going to grunt and hardly say something about any scenario.
23 Damage: Beth
Beth’s demise was used to additional the notion that anybody might go away in The Strolling Lifeless world, however it wasn’t the perfect resolution. She had lastly grown from simply being a dumb child (as seen from Season 2 to the primary half of Season 4), solely to be taken out within the blink of an eye fixed.
She would’ve slot in properly on the Alexandria Protected-Zone and her integration on this society would’ve been one thing very fascinating to see.
22 Wants To Go: Jerry
Different than simply smiling on a regular basis, what does this man deliver to the desk, actually? Jerry has solely been King Ezekiel’s right-hand man since his introduction and it’s not enjoyable anymore. All he does his smile and make mild of each scenario.
It was refreshing at first to see somebody with a constructive outlook, however when the man’s solely attribute appears to encompass this, it’s not very turning into. Regardless of being on the present for 3 seasons, we’ve got zero look after what he does.
21 Damage: Tyreese
Like Beth, this man was taken out simply when issues have been beginning to get fascinating. The factor is, although, that Tyreese’s exit made excellent sense and it was the best time to take him out. Nonetheless, contemplating we had favored Tyreese so a lot better than his sister Sasha, his exit didn’t assist the latter.
There’s additionally the truth that his demise made no distinction as, aside from the episode wherein he passes away, Tyreese is rarely actually talked about once more.
20 Damage: Glenn
By the point of his demise, Glenn had develop into a bit boring, however it was his departure that signaled the autumn in The Strolling Lifeless’s recognition. Since he’s been gone, the present has by no means been half of what it was once – critically and commercially.
Because it turned out, he was within the top-tier stage of characters on the present and followers did tune in to observe Glenn’s adventures. After he was taken out so horribly, The Strolling Lifeless has by no means been capable of finding its footing as soon as extra. A good portion of the viewers left with Glenn.
19 Wants To Go: Nabila
Look, illustration is necessary, however when it’s inaccurate illustration, then it simply must go. Nabila’s introduction was met with cheers as a consequence of her being a Muslim character; nonetheless, she hasn’t displayed something a Muslim does aside from put on a hijab.
Her being in a live-in, bodily relationship with Jerry contradicts Muslim rules; it doesn’t make sense why she would go towards these rules if she nonetheless wears a hijab. There’s additionally the truth that Nabila is a boring character who has no persona or edge.
18 Damage: Axel
Axel was the one jail inmate who was thrilling and interesting to observe. Having been launched in acrimonious circumstances, Axel’s humor and good nature started rubbing off on everybody. He was turning into a everlasting a part of the group when he was taken out right away by the Governor (with a headshot).
It’s a disgrace as a result of Axel’s humor was one thing that was very a lot wanted in The Strolling Lifeless. It had introduced a pleasant air of leisure to the neighborhood and the episodes, however this was dropped in favor of dropping Axel.
17 Wants To Go: Eugene
The man is so infuriatingly irritating that the poor actor bought threats about him on social media, prompting him to give up the platform altogether. Whereas the individuals who threatened are nothing however immature, Eugene is somebody that’s near-impossible to love.
He spent all of Season Eight as a turncoat whereas in Season 9, he hasn’t achieved something aside from proceed being a coward. After six seasons on the present, you’d anticipate him to be extra of a developed character, however Eugene doesn’t do something aside from drone on in his robotic voice.
16 Damage: The Governor
Though it will be ridiculous if the Governor ever got here again, it will be fascinating to see how he’d fare towards Negan. Up till we’d seen Negan in motion, the Governor had been the perfect villain on The Strolling Lifeless by far. He was chilly, not-so-calculating, however extraordinarily resourceful.
It was how unhinged he was that made him fascinating to observe; you’d by no means know what to anticipate from him. He’d settled in properly on The Strolling Lifeless, however it was time to say goodbye after we did. Nonetheless, the present hasn’t been pretty much as good since he left.
15 Damage: Carl
The present made its greatest blunder when it took out Carl in Season 8. Every little thing might have gone peachy after Rick’s departure in Season 9 had his son been there to take over the lead function, but this grew to become a missed alternative.
Carl was the final actual affect from Season 1 and his departure has brought on many to activate the present altogether. The showrunners might’ve introduced the story to us as having been about Carl all alongside had he not met his demise in such boring style.
14 Wants To Go: Ezekiel
When he was first launched in Season 7, we felt Ezekiel would maintain the important thing to bridging the hole between the heroes and the Saviors. Whereas he did contribute within the warfare, Ezekiel wasn’t the standout performer by a mile.
His King schtick was what stored him fascinating for some time, however since that’s gone away, he simply looks like a man who talks with large phrases. In Season 9, he’s barely been there in any respect and it appears like he’s going to be heading for a really unhealthy destiny quickly.
13 Damage: Noah
Noah was taken out far too quickly. He had solely simply been launched in Season 5, solely to be eaten by the walkers close to the top of the season. What’s worse is that his introduction was the rationale why Beth was written out of the present.
Noah had an excellent relationship with Glenn as properly and we have been led to consider this was going to morph into one thing of a mentor-protégé relationship – nothing of that kind transpired. There was simply lots of wasted potential the place Noah is taken into account.
12 Wants To Go: Alden
Alden made excellent sense in Season 8. He was liable for displaying to Maggie that not all of the Saviors have been unhealthy guys and Maggie’s ponderings over taking out all of the captives was a improper resolution. He had nice chemistry with Maggie, main most to consider he would tackle the function of Dante from the comics as her love curiosity.
That didn’t occur and Maggie’s departure meant Alden is now in a bizarre relationship with the a lot youthful Enid. Since nobody’s eager about that, Alden doesn’t have a task to play anymore.
11 Damage: Simon
Simon was remarkably developed for a man who initially got here on merely as Negan’s lackey. He grew to have a crazed persona of his personal after which started plotting to take out Negan so he might have the management place.
It was one of many extra partaking storylines from Season 8, so it was a disgrace when Simon was throttled by Negan. Like Negan, Simon was the one good factor to return out of the humdrum Saviors storyline, and his departure meant that solely Negan survived from that plot.
10 Wants To Go: Magna
Yeah, we perceive that Magna has solely simply been launched to the present, however she’s been so unlikable that we are able to’t wait till she’s written out. If the comics are something to go by, this gained’t be occurring, however it will be an excellent swerve if she was eaten by zombies.
In her first look alone, she had the harebrained thought to take out Michonne in secret; an idiotic transfer contemplating Michonne is without doubt one of the leaders of the Alexandria Protected-Zone. Since then, all she’s achieved is throw a tantrum at one factor or one other.
9 Damage: Maggie
Though Maggie was a type of characters we had misplaced a lot of our love for, she was nonetheless an authentic member of the group, and with so many lame new additions, her absence has been felt. Whereas she didn’t have a lot brewing by way of story, aside from a possible relationship with Alden, Maggie did make the Hilltop a location value visiting.
Since her departure, there’s a lesser loyalty from followers towards The Strolling Lifeless as now it’s largely comprised of recent characters somewhat than these from earlier seasons.
Eight Wants To Go: Enid
Enid was by no means an excellent character within the first place and it’s a marvel she’s lasted this lengthy on the present. She was given the function of Sofia from the comics and made one thing of a daughter for Maggie, however we by no means noticed it as plausible.
She was additionally given the function of Carl's love curiosity, however this was ended earlier than it might begin. Now, her function as Alden and Henry’s love curiosity doesn’t strike anybody as partaking. Her personal persona out of the blue grew to become cheerful from somebody who had a traumatic previous; there’s not a lot consistency there.
7 Damage: Hershel
Hershel’s function because the mentor of the group has been sorely missed for 5 seasons now. In Season 5, Rick grew to become a lot darker in persona as he didn’t have the presence of Hershel in his life anymore. In Season 6, Rick made the error of messing with the Saviors as a result of nobody was there to speak him out of it.
All these selections wouldn’t have been made had Hershel’s affect nonetheless been on the present. His small look in Rick’s departure episode confirmed us why his presence was so necessary.
6 Wants To Go: Tara
Fairly probably probably the most ineffective character on the present, Tara has no enterprise being on The Strolling Lifeless anymore. It’s ridiculous a personality as cool as Jesus was taken out, but one like Tara remains to be there.
Her plucky persona was by no means turning into, and it’s annoying much more so contemplating it’s been a couple of decade because the apocalypse and he or she’s nonetheless the identical. Each time she’s tried to be severe, it’s been so exhausting to consider that we would like her to simply go away.
5 Damage: Shane
Together with Rick, Shane has been the best character to have ever been on The Strolling Lifeless. Had we not had a villain of his caliber, the present would by no means have been profitable within the first place. His presence was such that we have been all extra excited for his small look in Season 9 than some other primary character’s function.
Shane had such nice chemistry with Rick, each as a buddy and as a rival, that it’s too unhealthy he bowed so early on in Season 2.
Four Damage: Abraham
Out of the three new characters launched within the second half of Season 4, solely Abraham was the one we really cared about. He all the time had a mouth stuffed with quips to go well with any event, and it was nice to have somebody who was so bodily dominant within the group.
His psychological trauma was one very fascinating to discover, and it was solely as a result of he was there that we really tolerated Eugene and Rosita once they have been onscreen. He even went out just like the cool man that he all the time was.
three Wants To Go: Rosita
Much more so than Tara, Rosita is by far the worst character to have lived so lengthy. Her persona has been akin to watching paint dry – she’s simply that boring. Abraham was the one factor that made her related to the viewers and he or she’s by no means been in a position to stand on her personal.
Now paired with Father Gabriel – a really horrible coupling – Rosita remains to be on the present, however these simply may be her final days if the comedian e-book is something to by. Let’s hope we’re proper right here.
2 Damage: Morgan
For 5 seasons, the present teased us with the reappearance of Morgan Jones. All of Season 5 was devoted to displaying us that he was on the best way, however Season 6 swerved that by having him do his personal factor.
From Season 7 and Season 8, we have been proven Morgan’s psyche taking place the drain, however this made for a completely fascinating storyline. Now he’s moved to Worry the Strolling Lifeless and the present has by no means been higher. Possibly the actor realized this and jumped ship when he had the prospect.
1 Damage: Rick
When a present continues alongside with out its primary character, you realize issues aren’t going properly. Rick was one of many few primary protagonists in exhibits who was additionally the perfect character, and his departure has meant a large portion have simply tuned out of The Strolling Lifeless utterly.
Something that occurred in that universe was value watching as a result of Rick would face it. Now, do most of us care what occurs to the group in any respect? Rick’s relationship with Negan ought to’ve been the spotlight going ahead, however now that’s been taken away from us.