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Producer of ‘The Walking Dead’ Says There’s No Conspiracy to Kill Off the Black Male Characters

Producer of 'The Walking Dead' Says There’s No Conspiracy to Kill Off the Black Male Characters

If you’ve
been a devoted watcher of “The Walking Dead” (like me), then you may have noticed something very troubling this season. And that is, all the brothers on the show are being killed off.

First, there
was Lawrence Gilliard Jr.; then a few weeks later, Chad L. Coleman, who died a long, slow, agonizing death. Then two weeks ago, there was the
shocker, when Noah, played by Tyler James Williams, went down hard, in a grisly
scene that I like to call, the “Everyone Ate Chris” sequence.

Only Seth
Gilliam, as the cowardly minister, Gabriel, is left; although Lennie James, who appeared very briefly in 2 cameo appearances earlier this season, is out there somewhere, and is assumed
will be in the season finale tonight.

So what’s
going on here? Is this some sort of conspiracy to get rid of all the brothers
on the show?

Not so, says
executive producer Gale Anne Hurd. That’s not what they intended at all, adding that they’re simply following the storyline as in the graphic novels. 

She was recently
interviewed by Variety, and was asked about the black male characters being
killed off, and she respondedt: “We have to
go with the story. It’s really important to cast the best actors. Two of those
characters were white in the comics. They could’ve been any ethnicity. Our
casting calls are completely open and we always go with the best actor. Would
African American actors want to be told, “We’re not casting you, because in the
storyline we’re going to kill you off?” That’s how we have to look at it. We
want the best actor and then we have to stick to the storyline that was crafted
months before we even cast the roles.”

However, from
what I understand, one major complaint about the TV show is how the storyline
has wildly diverged from the original comic books. So if that’s
the case, how come they’re being so strict about killing off the black characters,
yet have no problem changing other plot details from the original storyline?

Do you buy her reasoning, or do you think that, despite what she said, there is a conspiracy to kill off the black men on
the show, or at least limit the number of them?

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