I’ve been an avid fan of the extremely popular AMC series “The Walking Dead” since its debut, and one thing I can say, with absolute certainty, is that I don’t like Lori.
As someone who came into the comics relatively late in the game–and liked them–I find myself anxious for the show to reveal just how closely the plot will be to that of the books, not just for the story, but because dammit, I want to know who’s gonna die. (Note* spoilers lie ahead. You’ve been warned)
Throughout the show, various characters have worked my nerves, for various reasons. Shane, for instance, is constantly saying some jerky, testosterone-laden nonsense. Carl is always doing exactly the opposite of what he’s supposed to be doing (usually staying put), so naturally the mama in me gets riled up. Carol pissed me off with her feeble attempts to go look for her kid and agreeing to take off after leaving some provisions on the off chance that she would come back and, I don’t know, need a snack. And if I were any of the female characters on the show, the better part of Andrea’s face would be under my fingernails by now.
But the one that sticks out, episode after episode, is Lori. Even aside from her questionable decisions and unequaled bitchiness, she just irritates me. And I’m not alone here. I know a lot of people who name her as their least favorite character. What’s surprising is that the actress who plays her, Sarah Wayne Callies, agrees that she should be killed off.
“Frank Darabont and I actually — before he was tragically and unfairly removed from the show — we used to argue about it,” Callies said. “I argued that it was necessary to kill Lori and I feel very strongly that for all of the other deviations we may have from the comic book, killing Lori does something to Rick that is vital for the story and can’t be done any other way. I’ve said from the beginning, not only am I OK with Lori dying but I think she has to,” says Callies, who notes that it’s part of the nature of the beast with being on a show like The Walking Dead. “I’ve played this character with an eye toward an end.”
Of course, the show may have a completely different path for Lori than the one she took in the comics, and that’s fine. I trust what they will do, because they haven’t disappointed so far. Only time will tell, and either way, I’m excited for the next season to start.