I stumbled across this following article on the web concerning Walking Dead season 4:
Would Robert Kirkman and the producers on “The Walking Dead” ever make the move to kill off who is effectively the star of the show? When we first wrote about the people who we find to be untouchable in the world of the show(not the comics), Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes was at the top of the list. Viewers like to be invested in the story of a hero, and with there only being so much time available in an hour, you don’t really get a great opportunity to get to know all of the other characters.
So what does Kirkman have to say in contrast to this notion? Speaking in a chat with fans on an AMC blog, the source writer expressed that he really had no fear killing off Rick, or any other character:
We’ve been saying that no one is safe on this show, and I wouldn’t rule out seeing the death of Rick Grimes at almost any point.”
While the “no one is safe” argument is a probably a smart one to make, there are some characters that this show can’t stand to lose more than others. Rick’s death would be met with shock; meanwhile, we see a Daryl death met with anger and a Glenn / Maggie death with hopelessness. The goal in killing off someone is to create a reaction, but always one that still encourages the viewer to want to tune in to see what happens next. You may get that reaction with these characters, The Governor, or even a fan favorite in Michonne, but it’s also a risk in that you may alienate some fans.
Of course, Robert Kirkman and the rest of the crew have been saying that, "No one's safe." It's been said for a long time (do they think we aren't taking that statement literally?), so Rick may survive this season. On the other hand, the crew has been saying that one of the focuses of Season 4 will be Rick and Carl's relationship. This seems to point to the fact that they may kill off Rick so they can see how Carl is affected by it. However, if they really do kill off Rick, I'm going to be very angry. Rick is the main protagonist and we are following the story through his eyes for the most part. Although I have read on other websites that Robert Kirkman is not against killing off Rick Grimes in the Comic book and that at one point he was planning on doing it in issue #6 so they could explore Carl growing up without a father in his life.
What do you guys think? Do you think they will kill Rick in Walking Dead Season 4 and how would you feel if it happened?