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The Walking Dead boss reveals how Carol was almost killed off

Published: 6/Nov/2020 17:41

by Daniel Megarry

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Carol Peletier may be one of the most beloved characters in The Walking Dead universe, but it has now been revealed that she was originally going to be killed off during Season 3.

It’s not easy being a Walking Dead fan. If you get attached to a character, chances are they’ll be killed off before too long – or at least put through a ton of misery. As a result, there aren’t many of the OG cast left, but one person who’s proven herself to be a survivor is Carol.

When she first appeared on the show back in Season 1, Carol was portrayed as timid and was experiencing abuse at the hands of her husband Ed. But over the show’s 10 season run, she’s shown incredible growth and become one of the strongest characters on the show.

Carol in The Walking Dead
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Carol has become one of the strongest characters in The Walking Dead universe

It turns out, though, that this character development wasn’t always going to be given time to happen. The Walking Dead showrunner Scott Gimple spoke in a new interview with Looper about how plans to kill off Carol “got pretty far down the line” before opposition from himself and the cast put a stop to them.

Carol was originally going to be killed off in Season 3

“There was some investigation going on about killing Carol,” Gimple said. “I was pretty hardcore against that. Because I saw her journey of going from somebody under her ex-husband’s thumb to being a warrior.

“It just looked like the most amazing journey for our character to have, and having worked with Melissa McBride up to that point, it was like, ‘Oh, well, she could do that. She can do anything’.”

During Season 3, Carol was presumed dead during a walker attack on the prison, but by the next episode viewers found out she had actually survived. This set the precedent for many more ‘fake-outs’ in the show’s future, but Gimple says this was a surprising thing to do at the time.

Daryl and Carol in The Walking Dead
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Carol will appear alongside Daryl in an upcoming The Walking Dead spin-off

“Man, I would love to look up some of the old emails or something like that because it was like, what if people thought she was dead, but she lived? At that point, that was a surprise as well, people were dying and dying. It was what the show was getting a lot of noise for at that point,” he continued.

“And it seemed even early on switching that up, but really it was more about seeing that character go through that journey because she had started out as so passive and a victim. And to see her become one of the strongest people in the story seemed exciting to me as a writer.”

Fortunately, Carol’s future looks safe for now. She’ll appear in a long-awaited Daryl and Carol spin-off, which is expected to air once the main The Walking Dead series comes to an end following its 11th season.

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Amazon renews The Expanse for final season: release date, cast, more

Published: 25/Nov/2020 1:06 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 1:22

by Isaac McIntyre

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The Expanse has been renewed for a sixth and final season on Amazon Prime, the sci-fi drama’s showrunners confirmed on Nov. 24. Here’s everything we know about Season 6, including a release date, and which cast members will be back.

The Season 6 renewal comes just three weeks out from the premiere of The Expanse’s fifth season. The Dec 16 release will be the second helmed by Amazon after the Prime streaming platform saved the series from cancellation back in 2018.

The Expanse will now come to a second, more final ending with its sixth season. 

Amazon Studios television co-head Vernon Sanders said he hopes fans enjoy a “satisfying conclusion to the series,” one the streaming platform believes “they deserve.” He added the production team has a feeling fans will “love how seasons five and six unfold.”

Here’s everything we know about the sixth and final season of The Expanse so far; including an Amazon Prime release date, the plot of the final episodes, and which cast members are expected to return for the show’s last hoorah.

The Expanse will wrap up its story in its sixth and final season.
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The Expanse will wrap up its story in its sixth and final season.

Season 6 release date

While The Expanse Season 5 has a hard and firm release date ⁠— the season will begin airing on Dec. 16 ⁠— the final season may be a little harder to pin down. 

There’s “tentative” plans to begin a shooting run in late January, 2021, Deadline has reported, but the penciled-in dates, and an expected late 2021 release date, are all “subject to change amid fluid global conditions.” Amazon has yet to lock in a specific date.

If things go according to plan, however, The Expanse Season 6 should arrive a year after its earlier season. That should put the last season around mid-Dec. 2021.

Season 6 is penciled in for a December 2021 release date, but is subject to change.
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Season 6 is penciled in for a December 2021 release date, but is subject to change.

Cas Anvar won’t be returning

The biggest news ahead of Season 6 production is that Cas Anvar will no longer be a part of The Expanse heading into 2021. The star, who played Martian pilot Alex Kamal, has stepped down following several allegations of abuse and harassment.

He will still be included in the show’s fifth season, however. It is not yet clear if his character will be killed off during Season 5, which was filmed pre-allegations.

The rest of the cast, led by Steven Strait (Holden), will all be back. This includes Wes Chatham (Amos), Dominique Tipper (Naomi), Frankie Adams (Bobbie), Cara Gee (Drummer), and Shohreh Aghdashloo (Avasarala).

Expanse showrunner Naren Shankar is also set to return for the final season, and will see out his tenure as the space opera’s leading helmsman in Season 6.

The Expanse's ever-growing cast will likely expand again in Seasons 5 and 6.
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The Expanse’s ever-growing cast will likely expand again in Seasons 5 and 6.

The popular Amazon series is based on a number of books by James S.A. Corey. The literary franchise’s last installment, ‘Leviathan Falls,’ is not expected out until mid-2021. It will be the ninth book in the series.

The second-last season of The Expanse is just a few weeks away. Amazon is expected to drop three episodes, as they do for most blockbuster launches on their streaming platform these days, on Dec. 16. Season 5 will run for 10 episodes.