I was thinking about this when a friend brought up T-Dog. I was just getting to like him when he heroically died to save Carol. Well, he got bit first, but still.
This is going to be a tough question to answer for me, because there have been a few, starting with the aforementioned T-Dog. I get why he died. There were more characters on the horizon. Sasha and Tyrese mainly. I’d have to say, I’d take those two over T-Dog. Sorry bud.
Hershel– Some of you might want him back, and it would be hard for me to argue. However, his story was pretty much complete. His death fueled the gang to defend the jail and ultimately defeat the Governor. The perimeter of the jail was compromised in the battle, and that forced the group to find shelter elsewhere.
Beth– Beth’s death still bothers me a little, and I do miss her smiling face. We did get a lot of her story when she was held captive by the hospital people. It would have been nice to see where her and Noah’s relationship would have gone.
Bob– I went through the whole range on Bob Stookey: Liked him, didn’t like him, hated him, and ultimately loved his character. He brought some happiness to Sasha, and positivity to Rick and the rest of the group. I could have used a little more Bob, but with them heading to Alexandria, there were more characters being introduced.
Deanna– Her story arc was so amazing to watch, especially as I re-watched the first part of season 6 before it continued last week. Deanna’s story was complete. Her work was done. She laid out plans for Alexandria moving forward. She wanted to live though. She had so much energy and fight left. Indicative of the way she went out. Hopefully her legacy will live on with Rick, and her son, Spencer.
Tyreese– Like Bob, I went the whole range on this gentle giant. Liked him, didn’t like him–I’m not sure I ever hated him, but I did learn to love him. He had honor. He was a reluctant hero. Probably one of my favorite moments is when Carol told him that she killed Karen, his girlfriend at the time. He accepted it, and forgave her for it. Tyreese never got to see Alexandria. I think he would have fit in with the community, and maybe thrived there.
Noah– When he was sitting down in Alexandria talking to Reg, it kind of set the table for one of their demise. Reg was passing down some advice, and Noah expressed his desire to build things. It was kind of a “passing the torch” moment. Reg was going to take Noah under his wing, and pass on as much of his knowledge to the young man as he could. This is one of those “a-ha” moments. It’s sometimes easier to tell than others. I knew one of the men would not survive the episode. I did not think it was going to be Noah. His story was kind of incomplete, in that he was robbed of a relationship with Beth, he found his family was no longer alive. When things were looking up for him at Alexandria, he was a tragic casualty in a run that went bad. Gone too soon.
Eastman– We only got to see this brilliant character in a “flashback” episode where Morgan stumbles onto his cabin in, “Here’s not here”. I have actually heard a few complaints about this episode and I don’t agree with them at all. His story is pretty much full circle in the 90 minute installment, but I feel he had more in him. Had he got to Alexandria, he might have been able to finally make cheese. His death probably was the “final straw” that got Morgan back to reality. Morgan needed to process his loss and accept it. Still, Eastman was a well written character played by a really fine actor.
So, I am really bad at picking sometimes. What character(s) would you like to bring back, and how would you like their story to continue? Feel free to let me know in the comments down under.