As Season 3 of "The Walking Dead" approaches, fans are sure to wonder about which characters will take their final bow this season. Taking the comics into account, and the importance of particular characters from the first two season, the longevity of certain characters can be predicted. These are the characters with the smallest chance of being killed off in the third season.
Rick and Carl
Rick is the main character of the series and his son Carl is his reason to go on. Both are still alive in the comic book as they are the most integral characters to the overall story. Without Carl in the picture, Rick would lose his will to keep going as his fight against the walkers and other survivors would have been for nothing. Rick and Carl are the safest characters on the show as the foundation of the franchise.
Glenn and Maggie
The love story involving Glenn and Maggie enforces the ideal of love being able to find a way through any situation. Even though the world has fallen apart, and everyone is carrying a virus that will turn them into zombies, love has appeared through the madness. Both characters are also still alive in the comic and are considered important secondary characters. Glenn and Maggie are everyday characters anyone can relate to, so they have become more popular over the years. There is no reason to believe the most relatable characters will be snuffed out anytime soon.
The surprise introduction of Michonne was one of the highlights of the Season 2 finale and got fans of the comic buzzing. If Michonne were to be killed off early, fans would revolt as she is one of the most popular characters in the entire franchise. She is a complex character and would reasonably take at least a few seasons for people to finally understand and relate to.
Up to this point, Andrea has been the strongest female character on the show and has been a perfect counter to Lori's submissive female portrayal. She is the only character in the group who could challenge Rick's authority without having to change character qualities. In the comics, she is an important piece to the franchise as a whole and the reasons for this will be explored later if the TV series lasts as long as the comic book line.
The creators of "The Walking Dead" have proven that almost everyone is expendable on the show, but the core idea of particular people being so important to the overall story has still shone through. While anyone may be expendable, too much would be lost if the previously mentioned characters were to die in the upcoming season. Anyone else, though, is walking on thin ice.
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