THE Walking Dead boss has explained why Gamma HAD to die at hands of Beta in the latest episode.
The character – played by Thora Birch – was a former Whisperer who ditched her mask of skin and joined the Alexandrians.
*Spoilers ahead for the latest episode of The Walking Dead*
But this ultimately led to her downfall, as Beta found her and stabbed her to death, turning her into a zombie before Alden shot her through the head to put her out of her misery.
Speaking about the decision to kill of Gamma, show runner Angela Kang told Entertainment Weekly: “
Thora Birch was amazing in the role of Gamma.
“We always knew from the start with this character that we wanted to tell a story of basically a double agent in a game of espionage.
“And I think in telling that story, we also knew from the beginning that this would be a limited arc for this character because in any kind of war there are casualties in many different arenas and being that person that’s playing two sides, she was in a uniquely dangerous position.”
Angela felt for the most satisfying story arc for Gamma, it had to be The Whisperer’s second in command who ended her life.
She continued: “She played the role with such nuance and it does make it tragic.
“You kind of find yourself rooting for somebody like that to be able to switch over to the hero side entirely.
“But, also, Beta is a really formidable adversary, and if you cross him there are consequences.
“And I think that’s an important part of the story too. So all angles this character was just being closed in upon by both sides at various points.”
Gamma wasn’t the only character who was killed off in the latest episode.
The Hilltop’s blacksmith Earl also perished, while the biggest shock was reserved for the leader of the Whisperer’s – Alpha – who died after Negan slit her throat.
The Walking Dead continues on AMC on Sundays in the US and airs on FOX a day later in the UK.
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