Playing the role of moral compass on The Walking Dead is usually a one way ticket off the show. For characters like Tyreese, Dale, and Hershel, the writing was on the wall from the moment they began preaching humanity.
Of the more humane characters, the one who appeared to have had the most impact on the series and its fans was Hershel Greene. The character influenced Rick's philosophy and, in his final moments, had a smile on his face when he saw that the leader at the prison had taken his advice.
According to Hershel actor Scott Wilson during his panel at Walker Stalker Con in Nashville, the character's legacy is more than any of that, though. He is a character who never allowed the horrors of the new world to change him. Listen to what Wilson had to say in the video above!
"Well, it isn't like Hershel was a saint," Wilson said. "He went into town, to the bar... The interesting thing about Hershel to me, was that he thought walkers could be redeemed. He thought they could be brought back. We just needed a cure. He found out at the barn scene, from Shane, that there was no bringing these guys back. His wife was in the barn, his friends, his neighbors, everyone was in the barn. So, he went into town and had a few drinks and realized he had been wrong but he never changed who he was."
Hershel only wanted the best for the people around him.
"He was looking out for the best interest of the people who had become walkers before he found out they couldn't be brought back," Wilson said. "And, after he found out, he was still looking out for the best interest of the people that were there, so he never really changed who he was. It was just a loss for him that he knew he wouldn't be meeting the people that he knew again. It was an interesting character and a lot of people think he started thinking differently but, basically, he didn't."
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