The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman admitted that he originally intended on breaking up a major couple in the popular comic book series.
Spoilers for The Walking Dead: Deluxe #51 by Skybound Comics belowRick Grimes and Lori Grimes almost broke up in the pages of The Walking Dead, as they were originally destined not to be together. In The Walking Dead: Deluxe #51 by Skybound Comics, creator Robert Kirkman admitted he intended to split up Rick and Lori before settling on killing off the character in one of the most tragic deaths in the entire comic book.
While The Walking Dead is a grim series about a group of survivors in a zombie apocalypse that’s ravaged the world, romances and relationships between different characters have managed to blossom despite the dark storylines. Among The Walking Dead’s most notable couples include Maggie and Glenn, Stephanie and Eugene, and Aaron and Jesus. However, one of the key romances in the series between Rick and Lori Grimes almost ended in a different kind of heartbreak than it initially did in the comic book series, as Robert Kirkman nearly split up the characters.
In The Walking Dead: Deluxe #51 by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Dave McCaig, and Rus Wooton from Skybound and Image Comics, the issue features an interview with Kirkman, where he reveals Lori and Rick Grimes were originally going to break up in the series. He admitted that in The Walking Dead #18, he nearly made Lori and Rick split after having an argument, saying it was the plan for them since the beginning of the series. However, Kirkman added that he couldn’t get them to a place where splitting them up “was logical.”
The Walking Dead Went A Much Darker Route For Lori and Rick’s Romance
Unfortunately for Rick and Lori Grimes’ romance and relationship in The Walking Dead, their time together would be cut short when Lori and her newborn daughter would be killed in a deadly attack by the Governor, which is one of the darkest and most shocking moments of the entire series. So, while Kirkman never acted on his plans to break up his heroes via argument, Rick and Lori’s relationship would end with her tragic death.
While overcoming the loss of Lori Grimes was incredibly challenging for Rick Grimes, he would find love again in the series in Andrea, as the pair would become one of the surprise best couples in the entire comics – although, unfortunately, like most relationships in The Walking Dead, that would also end in death. Regardless, it seems pretty apparent Robert Kirkman made the right decision to keep Rick and Lori Grimes together until her death, as it added an emotional weight to the series that was felt for some time throughout The Walking Dead that splitting them up beforehand wouldn’t carry.
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