When an actor or actress is on a TV show that is achieving record ratings, they would normally consider their jobs to be fairly secure. However, that is not the case with The Walking Dead, where death could lie around every corner. The recent “Killer Within” episode of The Walking Dead saw the death of not one but two cast members who had been around since the series started.
In several interviews, departing cast members have often referred to a rather macabre tradition that has developed on The Walking Dead. After a regular cast member is killed off during the show, the entire cast gets together for a celebratory death dinner.
On the “Killer Within” episode, both T-Dog and Lori Grimes met their demises. In a Q&A session with AMC, Sarah Wayne Callies, who plays Lori Grimes, revealed that fellow cast member Steven Yeun actually stepped forward to plan her death dinner. Steven told Sarah Wayne, “I don’t think you should have to do your own death dinner.”
Sarah Wayne thought Steven’s offer was sweet and took him up on it. Afterwards, Sarah Wayne said, “And he came up to me a week later and said, ‘How do you do it?’ And I said, ‘You find a restaurant that has a private room and you tell them that you’re throwing a birthday party.’ And he kept coming up to me, and was like, ‘But which restaurant?’ It ended up being, adorably, twice as much work! The whole cast came though and I said a farewell.”