Warning: this story incorporates spoilers for The Strolling Lifeless Deluxe #47, out Wednesday. “BLAM!” In Robert Kirkman’s The Strolling Lifeless, dying typically comes with out warning. Some characters by no means see it coming. Only one concern after the Governor killed Tyreese — decapitating the fan-favorite with Michonne’s sword exterior the jail beneath siege from Woodbury forces — there are casualties on each side as Rick Grimes’ group of survivors comes beneath hearth from the Governor’s military. Within the action-packed concern #47, reprinted in coloration for the primary time in Picture’s Strolling Lifeless Deluxe, the struggle for the jail suffers one other loss: Axel. (See the NSFW panels beneath.)
“Poor Axel,” Kirkman writes within the newest installment of Reducing Room Ground, that includes new creator commentary for the difficulty initially printed in 2008. “So informal a dying, misplaced within the chaos. I nonetheless miss him to today. I actually beloved that character.”
Launched in 2004’s The Strolling Lifeless #13 as one of many inmates nonetheless alive contained in the Meriwether County Correctional Facility, Axel was serving a sentence for armed theft when the walker apocalypse occurred. Axel sided with Rick when his fellow prisoners — Thomas, Dexter, and Andrew — flip violent and try and preserve the jail for themselves.
“This actually did turn into the defining arc of the ebook for an excellent very long time,” Kirkman writes of Quantity 8: Made to Endure, which facilities on Rick’s struggle with Woodbury and culminates within the deaths of a number of main characters. “A lot occurred in so few points, wanting again, it most likely was the catapult that launched us to [issue] 100. It actually re-established that feeling of ‘something might occur’ on this ebook.” (Concern 100 could be one other defining second for The Strolling Lifeless with the introduction of Negan and the dying of Glenn.)
On AMC’s The Strolling Lifeless, Axel’s live-action counterpart (performed by Lew Temple) suffers an analogous destiny when he is abruptly shot within the head by the Governor (David Morrissey) within the Season 3 episode “Dwelling.” Authentic plans for tv’s adaptation of the character had Axel abducting and murdering Beth (Emily Kinney) to disclose he is a serial killer, his “colloquial attraction” overlaying up his homicidal urges.
However plans modified, and Rick Grimes actor Andrew Lincoln tried to speak the present’s producers out of killing Axel within the Governor’s assault on the jail.
Axel’s dying “wasn’t a ‘for positive’ by any means,” Temple as soon as advised Skybound’s Discuss Lifeless to Me podcast. “There have been a number of different regulars that had been as much as take it within the head. So it was leaning in direction of me, so that they had been attempting to make me really feel higher by going, ‘Effectively, you realize, it could possibly be so and so.'”
Ultimately, Temple recalled, “They’re like, ‘No, no.’ So then you definately acknowledge, ‘Look, I am not speaking anybody out of this. It is gonna occur. Okay, I am gonna put my big-boy pants on, I am gonna do the perfect job I can and honor my character.'”
The Strolling Lifeless Deluxe #47 is out now. The Strolling Lifeless Deluxe #48 goes on sale October 5 from Picture Comics.