The Walking Dead: Sarah Wayne Callies on Lori's fate
Story by Jack Foley
SARAH Wayne Callies, who plays Lori in The Walking Dead, has been talking to reporters in the US about the possible fate of her character.
And, in her opinion, Lori has to die!
[Warning: the rest of this article contains spoilers from comics]
When asked to comment on the implications of the final moments of Season two, in which her husband Rick (Andrew Lincoln) was seen to shoot and kill Shane, the actress said that season three will pick up with their marriage in a very dark place.
She also believes that the events that follow potentially sew the seeds for Lori’s story to follow the same path as it does in executive producer Robert Kirkman’s comics.
Callies said: “Lori’s fear is that in killing Shane, Rick became Shane and that he’s turned into a man who’s not a humane, compassionate person but somebody who is now somewhat cold and bloodthirsty.”
Adds showrunner Glen Mazzara: “Part of that horror you saw in that last episode was revulsion in [Lori’s] part in [killing Shane]. I think she blames herself. I don’t know if she did intend to put Rick in motion but she did. They have to deal with that. She’s pregnant, they don’t know whose child that is … they can’t get divorced. How do you repair that marriage in front of everybody?”
To add to the pressure on their relationship, Rick and his survivor group are now bound for the prison and Woodbury, where they’ll encounter characters such as comic book favourite The Governor (played by David Morrissey), who will test Rick’s humanity still further.
Indeed, in Kirkman’s comic books it is during a confrontation with The Governor that Lori is killed and Callies has been preparing for such an outcome for her character ever since shooting first began.
“I’ve said from the beginning, not only am I OK with Lori dying but I think she has to,” she said. “I’ve played this character with an eye toward an end.”
Indeed, Callies has even argued from the start that her character should die in order to honour the comics and Rick’s character’s progress.
“I feel very strongly that for all of the other deviations we may have from the comic book, killing Lori does something to Rick that is vital for the story and can’t be done any other way.”
Whether this is how events will play out remains to be seen, though, as the creators of the show aren’t averse to deviating from the source material.
Last season, for instance, Scott Wilson’s Hershel was given a last minute reprieve because Mazzara felt his death would have played as “gratuitous”.
And Kirkman even toyed with killing off Rick instead of Shane in the comic books themselves, explaining: “I was thinking it might be neat to make Shane the main character and have the book be about him being in charge and how Carl deals with the fact that his father is dead and his mother is shacking up with this guy.”