The Walking Dead's Melissa McBride Reveals Carol Was Almost Killed Off

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The Walking Dead's Melissa McBride has revealed that there was a plan to kill off beloved fan-favorite Carol Peletier and that she shut the whole thing down. 

McBride is one of few original series regulars still on the series and given just how badass Carol has been throughout the show's nine-season run, we really can't imagine the show without her. 

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However, the comic books went on for a long time without her after the character was killed off. 

The actress opened up about plans to end Carol's life on the TV series at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend. 

"I feel like she's a more defined character [now], so there's not sort of... flailing in the background, or just wondering if she's going to die in the next episode," she said before going on to speak about her mindset upon hearing producers pitch the death. 

"Is she gonna say something, is she ever gonna say something or is she just gonna cry all the time?" she recalled.

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"Y'know, you have to give her something. Every page was, 'Carol sobs, Carol cries, Carol screams...' – I get it, that's a mother's grief, but... let her just do something, just give her something to do.

"There was that time where they were gonna kill her," McBride continued.

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"I asked to speak to somebody to tell them what I thought of Carol, because nobody had asked me at that point."

"I'm like, 'Here's who she is to me, just at least let me tell you that much and if you still want to kill her, fine' — but it was important for me to speak for her."

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"I still to this day don't know what saved her. I've heard different stories, but I don't know – but I'm grateful, for whatever reason."

If you watch The Walking Dead online, you know that Carol's journey started with her being a mother and a domestic abuse victim. 

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After her daughter Sophia was killed off during The Walking Dead Season 2, Carol hardened, and she has saved many of her fellow characters when they were about to meet their maker. 

Heck, in the official trailer for The Walking Dead Season 10, Carol confirms that it's time to kill Alpha, and she might just get her wish. 

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If there's one character who will be able to immerse themselves amongst a group of whisperers, it's Carol. 

During the show's Comic-Con panel, we also learned that The Walking Dead Season 10 would get underway Sunday, October 6, so there's not long to wait!

If that wasn't enough The Walking Dead scoop, we also learned that the trilogy of movies featuring Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes would be exclusive to movie theaters, meaning AMC will not be airing them ... at least during the theatrical run. 

What are your thoughts on McBride revealing the truth about why Carol has stuck around for so long?

Hit the comments below. 

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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