RIP Roy, who didn't see his death coming on The Walking Dead. When the ex-Hilltopper played by C. Thomas Howell returns for the first time since his Season 9 cameo appearance, it's to help Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) save Alexandria in "Acheron: Part 1" and "Acheron: Part 2." After Roy abandons the group's mission to Meridian in the tunnels of the D.C. metro, it's Dog and Daryl (Norman Reedus) who find Roy half-dead, wandering alone in the depths of the tunnels crawling with walkers. The bloodied Roy survives just long enough to see the end of "Part 2," where he's suddenly killed by a Reaper's arrow.
Season 11 newcomer Glenn Stanton, who plays Frost of the Wardens, shared a behind-the-scenes look at Roy's corpse after he's struck in the head with an arrow:
Roy is the latest named victim of the Reapers, who send the sniper (Mike Whinnet) that murders Maggie's friends Billy, Jen, Maya (Brianna Butler), Ainsley (Haley Leary), and Gus (David Atkinson) in the Season 10 episode "Home Sweet Home." This new enemy group is revealed in full to end "Acheron: Part 2," and the Reapers are hunting down the survivors in Season 11 Episode 3, "Hunted."
Here's how Walking Dead fans reacted to Roy's death in "Acheron: Part 2":
From @Timcasso99 and @beadixler
I literally said "he's still alive?!" Then that happened about 2 seconds later😂😭— Timcasso Games (@Timcasso99) August 30, 2021
This scene was sooo unexpected— bea (@beadixler) August 30, 2021
I had a feeling they were bringing him back just to kill him. They did that with Morales, Beatrice, Sam from season 4 and probably more people I'm forgetting— Tyler Barton (@tylerbarton13) August 30, 2021
I can't believe Thomas Howell is done! After 3 episodes only.— Letty montalvo s (@lettyms67) August 30, 2021
From @smilewhovian and @AnnouncerDavid
roy was so close to making it out of the episode alive against all odds #twd— m (@smilewhovian) August 30, 2021
From @Jacrispyjay and @Syd_Lexia
Haha figured that was the only reason Roy survived the tunnels😂 #TWD— Ja'crispy jay (@Jacrispyjay) August 30, 2021
Me watching the final minutes of #TWD: WTF, didn't Roy (C. Thomas Howell) die in that tunnel? Are they going explain how he's still alive?
Me thirty seconds later: No, they are definitely not.#TheWalkingDead— Syd Lexia (@Syd_Lexia) August 30, 2021
From @jeffthigpen and @ArmyDave3382prevnext
From @TWalkingDWorld and @LostSisGrimes
Why would they put C. Thomas Howell on the cast as Roy, give him no story line and kill him almost immediately??August 30, 2021