Potential major spoilers for The Walking Dead – you have been warned.
Another major character death may be coming to The Walking Dead. In an unconfirmed report from We Got This Covered, the site claims actor Khary Payton who plays King Ezekiel will be killed off in either Season 9 or Season 10 of The Walking Dead. While this feels like yet another blow after Danai Gurira (Michonne) reportedly requested to leave the show in Season 10, it comes as little surprise as the series prepares for the infamous “pikes” scene where King Ezekiel is killed by The Whisperers.
“We Got This Covered has heard from trusted sources that Khary Payton will be saying goodbye to The Walking Dead in either season 9 or the already commissioned season 10, with King Ezekiel set to meet his fate. Our source can’t say for sure when it’ll happen, but Payton has already been notified about what’s in store for his character and it sounds like it was a writer-led decision and not because the actor wishes to leave the show.”
The report claims that Payton’s exit is a creative decision and that he did not request to leave the show like fellow cast members Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes), Lauren Cohan (Maggie Rhee), and Danai Gurira (Michonne). That said, Payton was a vocal supporter of Lauren Cohan when she was requesting equal pay during contract negotiations that eventually led to her departure from the series, so who’s to pay this didn’t play some sort of role in the “creative decision.”
As we mentioned, this report is unconfirmed and it wouldn’t be very difficult to chalk this up to a “lucky guess” based on the source material. That said, The Walking Dead does have a tendency to veer far from the original graphic novel, so we’ll just have to wait and see how this shakes out.
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