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Sarah Wayne Callies Talks Walking Dead Death

While actress Sarah Wayne Callies’ character Lori triggered a love/hate relationship with Walking Dead fans, many couldn’t help react during Sunday’s episode when Callies’ alter ego opted to die in a dramatic scene to save her baby. Talking to E! Online, the departed star discussed her demise on the show and how it felt to film the intense moments. “Lori’s death is very unique among the deaths we’ve had on The Walking Dead, because it’s one that she’s chosen. It’s an interesting tone because it’s not surrounded by quite the same level of crisis and panic, although she’s clearly in a situation where things are going to go badly. The most important thing to her is that Rick (Andrew Lincoln) not see her as a walker. She all but says to Carl, ‘Take care of your daddy.'”

Like most living rooms during the latest episode, Callies shared that filming on the set was dead quiet. “It was pin-drop quiet the whole scene. We didn’t close the set, the whole crew was there. There was a level of concentration and respect and focus from all 80 people who were there that was remarkable. It was also significant that the entire cast showed up. I finished the scene and I came out, and there was almost every single member of our cast that had just come to sit and watch and be there. It was difficult, I’ll be honest. Chandler [Riggs] and I didn’t really talk at all the week that we were shooting that because we couldn’t really look at each other without losing it. I love that kid.”

Callies also spoke about whether her character Lori could return in some form in the future. “That kind of question has to do with, does it serve the story? I always thought that Lori’s death does something to Rick, which is drive him crazy. In the comics, part of his madness is not being able to shake her. If that serves the story going forward, absolutely. At same time, we’ve taken so many departures, if they feel it’d be foolish for Rick to be seeing ghosts, I’m OK with that, too. To be honest, I haven’t really thought past episode four, but the writers have. Anything that serves the story, I’m in.”

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