(Major spoilers ahead for the Nov. 12 episode of AMC’s “The Walking Dead”)
Hey, so what an episode, huh? It was 80 percent Ezekiel (Khary Payton) having an existential crisis, 10 percent Carol (Melissa McBride) being awesome, 7 percent Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Rick (Andrew Lincoln) doing a car chase and 3 percent an emotionally devastating character death.
Before we get into our discussion of that last thing, we’re gonna provide a bit of a buffer for the sake of folks who may have wandered in here without seeing the episode.
So here’s a picture of Ezekiel looking freaked out.
OK. So Shiva bit the dust this week. It’s a huge bummer on a lot of different levels, not the least of which is that Shiva was a tiger who has eaten a bunch of the Saviors and she also saved Rick and Carl from being executed by Negan in the season 7 finale.
And she died saving Ezekiel, Carol and Jerry from zombies — unfortunately there were too many of them and all of them piled on her were too much even for Shiva to handle.
It’s a huge tragedy for Ezekiel, who was already experiencing a major emotional breakdown before he watched his best friend get eaten by the undead. It’s also a huge tragedy for us, because it means “The Walking Dead” no longer has a tiger in it.
Fans expressed their grief on Twitter in a variety of ways. Here’s a roundup of some of the best tweets.
Despite the abundance of feels, one viewer had a pretty good suggestion for how “The Walking Dead” can help us heal in the wake of our Shiva loss.