Many fans of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” have had one continuous problem with the show. It seems like the black men always end up dying. IndieWire outlines how prevalent that theme has been this season, especially with the latest tragedy to be Tyler James Williams’ character Noah. So is there a conspiracy to get rid of the black men? Gale Anne Hurd, a producer for the show, begs to differ.

“We have to go with the story,” she said to Variety. “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.”

Sure, but there are probably some fans out there who still feel like there’s a vendetta against black male characters. But on the other hand, there will be those who say that tons of characters, not just black men, have died on the show. What do you think about this issue? Give your opinions in the comments section below.

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By Monique Jones

Monique Jones blogs about race and culture in entertainment, particularly movies and television. You can read her articles at Racialicious, and her new site, COLOR . You can also listen to her new podcast, What would Monique Say.

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