10 Wаlkinɡ Deаd Cһаrасters Wһose Deаtһs Still Hаunt Us After All Tһese Yeаrs

Throughout its 11-season run, The Walking Dead killed off many characters, yet there are some haunting deaths that the audience couldn’t forget.

Most haunting deaths in The Walking Dead


  • The Walking Dead was known for its shocking character deaths that haunted the audience throughout its 11-season run.
  • The deaths of characters like Dale, Sophia, Shiva, Lizzie, Hershel, Sasha, Abraham, Rosita, Carl, and Glenn left a lasting impact on viewers.
  • These deaths often served as turning points for the show, changing the dynamics and pushing characters to their limits in a complex and haunting universe.

The Walking Dead was a horror series with zombies so character deaths were expected, but throughout its 11-season run, it also included some deaths that still haunt the audience. The Walking Dead was never shy about killing off its characters, and it set the tone for what was to come early on, killing off major characters since season 1, much to the audience’s surprise. Throughout the seasons, The Walking Dead provided a lot of drama, top-quality action, and great performances, as well as well-drawn characters, which is why some of the deaths hit harder.

The Walking Dead was based on Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard’s comic book series of the same name, and the series premiered on AMC in 2010. It followed a large ensemble cast of survivors of the zombie apocalypse trying to stay alive in dire situations, with constant attacks from zombies or other survivors. The Walking Dead ended with season 11 in 2022, but that was hardly the end of it. The Walking Dead timeline spawned multiple shows, spanning six spin-offs, including Fear the Walking Dead, which ended after an eight-season run. Because of how complex the universe is, it’s no surprise that it featured some haunting, heartbreaking deaths.

10 Dale Horvath

Season 2, Episode 11, “Judge, Jury, Executioner”

Dale holds a gun in a field from The Walking Dead

Dale, portrayed by Jeffrey DeMunn, was one of the earliest important deaths of the show. Dale kept the group together and acted as the moral compass, keeping all of them from changing in a world that no longer was the way they all remembered. He died in season 2, episode 11, “Judge, Jury, Executioner” after a zombie ripped into him. After he turned into a walker, Daryl (Norman Reedus) eventually shot him in the head as a mercy. His death proved to be a turning point for The Walking Dead, and everything changed for the group after Dale’s haunting death.

9 Sophia Peletier

Season 2, Episode 7, “Pretty Much Dead Already”

Sophia as a zombie coming out of the shed on The Walking Dead

Sophia Peletier (Madison Lintz), Carol’s (Melissa McBride) daughter, went missing in season 2, and finding her was an important storyline in the upcoming episodes. Sophia’s coming out of the shed as a walker shocked the entire group, culminating with Rick (Andrew Lincoln) shooting her in the head in one of the most haunting moments of the entire season. Her death proved that no one in The Walking Dead was safe, and it was a vital turning point for Carol, who switched from being a victim to becoming one of the most fearless and bravest characters in the series.

8 Shiva The Tiger

Season 8, Episode 4, “Some Guy”

Ezekiel on the throne petting his tiger Shiva on The Walking Dead

The first appearance of the domesticized tiger, Shiva, was unexpected on a show like The Walking Dead. Owned by former zookeeper King Ezekiel (Khary Payton), Shiva and Ezekiel were introduced in season 7. Although no one would’ve expected an animal to last long on the show, Shiva’s death in The Walking Dead came in season 8, episode 4, “Some Guy.” The tiger’s death was one of the most haunting and emotional moments of the show, as it gave an injured Ezekiel the possibility to escape, bringing everything back to a bleak reality.

7 Lizzie Samuels

Season 4, Episode 14, “The Grove”

Lizzie, played by Brighton Sharbino, and her sister Mika (Kyla Kenedy), made their first appearance in the premiere episode of The Walking Dead season 4, and they both died in episode 14, “The Grove.” Lizzie had always been different, and the episode still haunts many of the show’s fans due to its gruesome nature. Lizzie casually kills her sister to make a point about zombies, and Carol and Tyreese (Chad Coleman) debate what to do about her. Carol ends up taking Lizzie out into a field and shoots her in the back of the head after telling her to “look at the flowers,” one of The Walking Dead‘s most memorable quotes.

6 Hershel Greene

Season 4, Episode 8, “Too Far Gone”

Hershel Greene With a Machete at his neck in The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 8

Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson) took over Dale’s moral compass role and became Rick’s conscience when they moved to the prison. Up until The Governor (David Morrissey), the dangers in The Walking Dead universe were mostly the undead, yet the character changed that, and became one of The Walking Dead‘s most dangerous villains. In an unexpected twist in “Too Far Gone,” The Governor swiftly decapitated Hershel after Rick’s attempts to negotiate a way without violence. What was even more haunting about Hershel’s death was that his decapitated head turned into a zombie, and Michonne (Danai Gurira) had to end his suffering.

5 Sasha Williams

Season 7, Episode 16, “The First Day of the Rest of Your Life”

Sasha Williams as a walker in the coffin growling at Negan in The Walking Dead

Sasha Williams, played by Sonequa Martin-Green, was one of the longest-surviving characters on The Walking Dead, after being introduced in season 3, alongside her older brother, Tyreese. Sasha’s death in season 7 was one of the most memorable moments of the show. She did it to save the lives of the people from Alexandria in the final episode of season 7, “The First Day of the Rest of Your Life.” Sasha was ready to end Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), and she took her own life while being caught in a casket, so she could turn into a zombie and kill Negan when he opened it. Her plan failed, yet it was one of the haunting and brave decisions on The Walking Dead.

4 Abraham

Season 7, Episode 1, “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be”

walking dead abraham-1

Abraham Ford, played by Michael Cudlitz, made his first appearance in season 4, episode 10, and he was a recurring character until the season 7 premiere, “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be.” After a cliffhanger finale introducing The Walking Dead’s villain Negan, Abraham is revealed to be Negan’s chosen victim for Rick’s subordination. What was so haunting about his death was how stoic he took it, and bravely disrespected Negan before his gruesome death. Negan choosing Abraham wasn’t following the comic book exactly, as Abraham is shot in the head by one of the survivors, giving the viewers a glimpse of hope about Glenn’s faith in The Walking Dead.

3 Rosita Espinosa

Season 11, Episode 24, “Rest in Peace”

Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa dying in The Walking Dead Series Finale Season 11 Episode 24

Rosita, played by Christian Serratos, first appeared in The Walking Dead in season 4, alongside Abraham. She was one of the longest-surviving characters and, as the series finale got closer, it seemed like she might actually make it since season 11 didn’t heavily kill off main characters as it used to. However, Rosita’s death in The Walking Dead happened right in the season finale, “Rest in Peace.” As she survived many near-death experiences in the last episode, she eventually managed to save her baby, but not herself. Although Rosita had a relatively peaceful ending, her tragic death was incredibly haunting, as she almost managed to outlive the show and maybe even get her own spin-off series.

2 Carl Grimes

Season 8, Episode 9, “Honor”

Carl Grimes, played by Chandler Riggs, was just a child when the events of The Walking Dead started. He grew up throughout the show’s seasons and became a fearless warrior, but also a caring friend, brother, and son. Carl’s impactful death in Walking Dead season 8, episode 9, “Honor” happened after a walker managed to bite Carl in the abdomen. He tried to hide the wound for as long as he could, spending time with his sister, and writing several letters to his family and friends. Carl’s death was surprising and haunting because of his importance in the comics, and it caused a lot of backlash, with fans criticizing the decision.

1 Glenn

Season 7, Episode 1, “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be”

Glenn Rhee, played by Steven Yeun, had arguably the most impactful death of the series. Although the character was always meant to die because of Negan, the anticipation of Glenn’s graphic death proved to be one of the best moments of the entire series. Glenn was a fan-favorite character in The Walking Dead, and his death was already canon in the comics. However, Negan smashing his head with his baseball bat, Lucille, in the tense premiere of season 7 was one of the most nerve-wracking and haunting moments of the show.

Related Posts

Former 49ers defensive player says QB Brock Purdy “is here to stay”

Logan Ryan appeared in five regular season games for the San Francisco 49ers in 2023. He started two of them. Ryan also played in all three of…

RHOBH: Annemarie Wiley Says She Spoke to One of Crystal “14 Friends,” Calls Her Actions “Pure Evil” and Suggests Crystal’s Living Her “Karma,” See Her Scathing Post

Annemarie Wiley shared she met another member of Crystal Kung Minkoff’s “14 friends” who “dropped her,” hinted that “what she did” to them was “pure evil,” and suggested she’s…

RHONY’s Jenna Lyons Thinks Kyle Richards is “Coming Over” to Her Team and Wants to Style the RHOBH Star Amid Morgan Wade Romance Rumors

Jenna Lyons revealed she would most like to style Kyle Richards because she believes the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star is “coming over to [her] team.”…

Why Fans Are Focused on Kyle Richards’ Massive Cushion Cut Engagement Ring

People have been paying attention to the RHOBH cast member’s rings amid her separation from Mauricio Umansky.  There’s been a lot of chatter about Kyle Richards and her engagement and wedding…

Lisa Rinna Would ‘Love to Play a Murderer’ After Starring as a ‘Crazy’ Parent in Mommy Meanest (Exclusive)

In the Lifetime movie, Rinna stars as a woman who sends her own daughter anonymous, bullying text messages After Lisa Rinna exited The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills in early 2023,…

REPORT: Paul “PK” Kemsley Storms Off After Chat With Mauricio Umansky, and Steps Out Looking “Frazzled” to Film RHOBH Season 14 Amid Separation, See Video as Insider Speaks on Marriage & Split From Dorit Kemsley

Paul “PK” Kemsley was spotted filming for the upcoming 14th season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on Thursday at The Henry in West Hollywood, California — just as he and his…