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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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As the prison is overrun, T-Dog attempts to shut them out but gets bit at the fence. He and Carol are caught in the dark prison, running from a herd of walkers. T-Dog gruesomely gives his life to save Carol. Miss you, T-Dog.

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Rick's Horse Becomes Walker Street Food In Downtown Atlanta
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Rick finds a friendly horse on a farm and rides it into Atlanta, a now-iconic image. Rick has no idea just how overridden Atlanta has become until he and his equine buddy turn a corner downtown and run into a massive herd near a tank. He has to leave the horse behind as he seeks cover in the tank.

That poor horse becomes walker food, but Glenn saves Rick.

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Otis Betrayed By Shane And Torn Apart By Walkers
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We knew Shane was a jealous jerk, but we didn't know he was this cold. On a meds run, the heavyset Otis can't keep up with the svelte, slightly swole Shane, so Shane strikes Otis in the leg, leaving him behind to be devoured.  Shane shows up the farm, spinning a tale of how Otis sacrificed himself to save Shane.

Later, Shane would wear Otis's clothes and say a few words about him at his memorial service. 

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Jessie And Her Kids Go Out With A Chomp, A Bang, And A Slice
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With Sam, we saw this one coming. What we didn't see coming was that the rest of Porch D*ck's family would go with him. Carol's prophecy of being walker food gets in Sam's head. He hesitates, gets chomped on. Then his mother gives up and backs into some walkers. Then Ron turns his gun on Carl and fulfills a comic book storyline where he gets his right eye shot out.

The most stone cold thing in this moment is Michonne running Ron through with her sword. 

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