Walking Dead actor didn't know about death until script

Ben Lee
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From Digital Spy

There aren't many shows with a higher death count than The Walking Dead - but some actors are still shocked when they get killed off from the long-running zombie drama.

Tom Payne (as well as Ross Marquand) swung by The Nightly Show to promote the series, and the Jesus actor let slip that sometimes actors weren't told ahead of time that they were being written out.

"You don't actually find out that far in advance if you are going to be leaving," Payne said.

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"Sometimes in the past, it's happened that an actor has picked up the script and learnt."

Oof. That must have been pretty heartbreaking.

Don't worry, though. Nowadays, the showrunners make an effort to give the actor a heads-up when their services are no longer required.

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"They've made sure that that hasn't happened again," Payne explained. "They get a bit upset - especially if they might have bought a house!"

The past few episodes have been fairly light on death (poor Doctor Carson aside).

This week's episode, 'Say Yes', returns to Rick's group, as they look to scavenge for supplies.

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The plot description also teases that "someone must make a morally challenging decision", and we can only guess at this point that perhaps it is referring to Tara - who promised Cyndie that she would never reveal Oceanside's existence.

But with Rick needing guns, will Tara break that promise?

The Walking Dead airs on AMC in the US and on FOX in the UK.

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