- “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman told fans at New York Comic Con on Thursday that he asked the show to kill off Rick’s daughter years ago.
- During a panel for the comic-book writer, Kirkman said he’s been asking for Judith to be killed off since season three.
- She dies early in the comics after appearing for 10 issues.
- Kirkman said he’s glad AMC didn’t listen to him after seeing what the show is doing with her in the upcoming season.
Judith may be alive and well on AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” but if creator Robert Kirkman had his way, Rick’s daughter would have died long ago on the show.
“I tried to kill that damn baby that’s not even a baby anymore – I have pitched the death of Judith so many times it’s not even funny,” Kirkman said in response to a fan question at New York Comic Con on Thursday during a panel for the author and comic-book writer.
Judith meets a grisly death in the comics after 10 issues. During the Governor storyline, Rick’s wife, Lori, gets shot in the back while trying to flee the prison while holding her newborn daughter. Lori subsequently falls, crushing and suffocating Judith.
Similarly, the show originally teased that Judith would meet a similar death on the series on season four, but she was later revealed to be alive. Since then, she has become a beacon of hope for the remaining survivors and a leading inspiration for the better world Rick continues to build.
Kirkman admitted during the hour-long Q&A session with fans that he’s now glad AMC and those involved with the show didn’t listen to him, as it heads into a new season.
“I will say, when you see season nine, you will be as happy as I am that no one listened to me,” Kirkman said, to some laughter from the crowd. “There’s some really cool stuff coming up with Judith. Judith’s a very fun character. … It’s cool having a kid running around [the zombie apocalypse]. We do some interesting stuff with her this season.”
“I was wrong to want to kill her every season from season three on,” Kirkman admitted.
You’ll be able to see what Kirkman’s talking about in the first few minutes of the new season. AMC released the first few minutes from the season nine opening and Judith is front and center with Rick and Michonne speaking for the first time. You can watch them here.
During the panel, Kirkman also briefly addressed Andrew Lincoln leaving the show, although he mentioned he didn’t want to discuss the matter much.
“Don’t ask me about Andrew Lincoln’s exit. I’m sick of talking about it. It’s very heartbreaking to me,” said Kirkman at the panel’s start. “But it’s going to be cool, you guys. Just trust us. I’m going to miss that guy. I’m just kidding. You can ask about it.”
Kirkman went on a few minutes later to refer to Lincoln’s departure as a “potential loss of Rick.” Currently, it’s unclear whether or not the show will kill off the main lead or simply write him out.
“Those changes, while they do bring it a little bit further from the comic, are not going to limit us from adapting stories from the comic,” Kirkman said of the show straying more and more from its source material. “You’re still going to get the Whisperers this season, and, let me tell you, it’s spectacular.”
The Whisperers are a group of survivors in the comics who blend in with the undead by wearing their skin over their faces. You can read more about the Whisperers here.
“I’m very excited to get to that stuff, and there’s some super creepy, really intense moments coming that are coming directly from the comic, so there’s a lot to be excited about,” he added.
Kirkman has said in the past that he plans to kill off Rick at some point in the comics, which he reiterated Thursday at New York Comic Con. Since Rick’s still alive and kicking in the comics, maybe we’ll see that vision come to life on the screen first.
“The Walking Dead” will return for its ninth season to AMC on Sunday at 9 p.m.
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