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Scott Wilson talks about the death of Hershel, what’s next on 'The Walking Dead'

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The mid-season finale of “The Walking Dead” aired on AMC on Dec. 1, and it was one of the most dramatic and memorable episodes to date. Margaret Ely from “The Washington Post” wrote on Monday, “It was time for some dramatic action, of which this finale had plenty.” Melissa Leon from “The Daily Beast” added, “It was everything fans have been waiting for.” Right after the episode, Scott Wilson appeared on “Talking Dead” to reveal his feelings about the death of his character, Hershel Greene, and what’s to come when “The Walking Dead” resumes in February.

In addition to Wilson, Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie, and Robert Kirkman, the show’s executive producer/writer, also appeared on “Talking Dead” to discuss the explosive finale. Kirkman revealed that Hershel wasn’t supposed to survive beyond the second season. “There were a couple of times when we almost took Hershel out of the show, but we always hesitated,” he stated on Sunday night. “It was really a hard decision this time."

Scott Wilson, who has played the sympathetic farmer since season two, was very complimentary of “The Walking Dead,” despite his death on Sunday night’s finale. He explained that every cast member who is signed to the show knows that death is a certainty. “You know it’s going to happen. You don’t know when, but you know it’s going to happen,” he stated honestly.

Wilson’s character, Hershel, was beheaded by the series’ most dreaded character, the Governor, who also perished. Kirkman explained why Hershel’s life ended so dramatically. “You want the character’s death to be as memorable as the character,” he said. Like Hershel's death, the Governor’s life also ended with a sword.

Wilson said of his colleagues from “The Walking Dead,” “These are great people. It’s been a real pleasure.” He added that he will suffer from separation anxiety, but will watch future episodes of “The Walking Dead” like everyone else – not knowing what is around the next corner. Wilson went on to thank his legions of fans and encouraged them to keep watching.

Concerning his last day on the set of “The Walking Dead,” Scott Wilson said that every cast and crew member wore suspenders to pay tribute to Hershel. “It was very touching,” he stated emotionally. Lauren Cohan, who plays Hershel’s daughter Maggie, came close to tears when she talked about Wilson and explained that Hershel’s demise felt like a death in the family.

In addition to starring in “The Walking Dead,” veteran actor Scott Wilson also starred in classic TV shows like “In the Heat of the Night” and “Cold Blood.” However, his most popular role was that of Hershel Greene. “Certainly I get recognized a lot and that’s a new condition of life,” he told “It’s not totally new, but to the degree it is now, it is new.”

So, after the huge prison showdown, what’s next for the survivors of “The Walking Dead?” Fans are left wondering who made it out on the bus. Will Maggie and Glenn reunite? Will the death of his baby send Rick off the deep end? Now that the prison is destroyed and overrun with walkers, can the survivors find and set up a similar camp? With everyone scattered, what plot twists and turns are on the horizon?

Fans will have to wait two more months to get their answers. “The Walking Dead” resumes at 9 p.m. EST on Sunday, Feb. 9 on AMC.

In the meantime, viewers have been talking about Hershel’s untimely death on “The Walking Dead.” Below are a few Facebook posts from Dec. 1 and 2.

  • “This is not okay!” – Jake Schirle
  • “Not ok at all!” – Christopher David Bodden
  • “I knew this was going to happen, but I wish it hadn’t happened.” – Miles Cota
  • “You killed off Hershel! Are you nuts? He’s the glue holding the group together! Not happy about this!” – Sandie Weems
  • “Why Hershel? He was like ‘Dale’ from the first and second season.” – Bren Cordoba
  • “This was inevitable, but my shock stems from how it happened, not that it happened.” – Josh Solinger
  • “It’s just TV…good TV!” – Mike Wilks
  • “I feel like I need a support group after what just happened.” – Gary Zintl

According to TV By the Numbers, “The Walking Dead” earned its highest ratings ever this season. The season debuted with monster ratings, which have fluctuated since the Oct. 13 premiere. Look for further ratings success when the series returns with huge cliffhangers on Feb. 9.

What do you think? Were you happy with the mid season finale? Are you upset over the death of Hershel? What about the Governor? Do you plan on tuning into the premiere? Will the survivors find each other again?

To relive the shocking moment of Hershel’s death on “The Walking Dead” and Wilson’s favorite moments, be sure to watch the video above and to the left.

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