The Walking Dead alum Jeffrey DeMunn, who played Dale Horvath in the first two seasons of the show, asked to be killed off when showrunner Frank Darabont exited the show.
“Dale’s death was my decision,” DeMunn told Cleveland.com. “I was furious about how Frank [Darabont] was pushed out of the show. I spent a week not being able to take a full breath. And then I realized, ‘Oh, I can quit.’ So I called them and said, ‘It’s a zombie show. Kill me. I don’t want to do this anymore.’ It was an immense relief to me.”
A lot of people have died on The Walking Dead over the years, but Dale’s death came as a shock to fans. In the comics, Dale makes it to the cannibal storylinedepicted in Season 5 of the AMC television show, but he was killed off in Season 2, even before Shane.