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The Most Gruesome Deaths On 'The Walking Dead' 

Lisa Waugh
Updated April 9, 2019 12.7k votes 1.6k voters 483.4k views 23 items

SPOILER ALERT: If you're not caught up to the very latest episode of The Walking Dead (TWD), stop here. Also, if you're squeamish, maybe watch this through your fingers or near an open window. This list looks at some of the worst deaths on TWD - courtesy of walkers as well as a few horrible moments of humanity at its worst. You know, those gory TWD deaths where characters were bitten, eaten, snacked on, or turned into human taffy by walkers. As much as the show is about what happens to the living over time during a zombie apocalypse, walkers are still a force of nature. And just when you think you're in the clear, crunch.

Going out via a walker is not a pretty sight, especially for the show's characters. Way before the rotating door walker took out Noah, poor Otis was struck down in the leg by Shane and left for walkers to dine upon in the moonlight. Aiden learned that being arrogant and stupid makes you just the right entrée on a walker buffet. And Betsy's husband, David, went out just like he expected. Too bad she didn't get his note. 

There are also the animals of TWD who end up on the wrong side of walker chompers. They, too, can be counted among the worst deaths from the series. The unnamed farm horse that rode into Atlanta with Rick? Totally didn't deserve to perish, although he did offer a good distraction while Rick hid in a tank. Buttons? He could have been Daryl's pal. They could have run in the fields together and had motorcycle vs. horse races. But no, hangry walkers had to get him. And Tabitha. Poor sweet cheese-providing goat, walker-alarm Tabitha. She did not deserve to go out that way.

If you're interested in brutality that skips the walkers, there's a fairly comprehensive list for The Walking Dead kills where humans are doing the dispatching, so look to that one for the Daryl walker head-trunk slam, or Carol in wolf's clothing, and other satisfying kills.

What are the worst deaths delivered via the walkers? Vote up the one that really gets your goat the most. 

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Season 7 opened with the heartbreaking loss of Glenn Rhee, former pizza delivery guy and the love of Maggie's life. After Daryl steps out of line, Negan turns his bat on Glenn, recreating Glenn's gory comic book death.

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Noah Taken Out By Nicholas, Who Doesn't Know How Revolving Doors Work
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Noah, who saved Beth and was a solid addition to the group, gets torn apart by walkers because Nicholas is awful. Glenn has to watch.   

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Abraham Goes Out Cursing Negan
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He lived passed his days in the comics, but it was still hard to see the ginger warrior go out at the end of Negan's bat. At least he got out a solid "S*ck my nuts" to Negan before getting struck out.

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Carl couldn’t have known that taunting and then leading a walker to Hershel's farm would get Dale terminated. Still, he should have known better. Poor Dale, who's been the mentor and voice of reason, gets his insides pulled out by the walker and has to be mercy killed by Daryl. "Sorry, brother," indeed.

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