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Dale Horvath (Jeffrey DeMunn)
Death episode: "Judge, Jury, Executioner"; How it happened: After delivering an impassioned speech to try to convince the group that killing Randall would signal the end of their humanity, Dale left Hershel's farm house in disgust. (Only Andrea agreed with his point.) Walking alone at night, Dale is attacked by a walker that Carl had seen during one of his forbidden scouting trips. The walker rips open Dale's stomach and Daryl is the one who shoots him to prevent the walker turn; Shock factor: The first official series regular to be killed off, Dale's death wasn't spoiled in advance as widely as Shane's. DeMunn reportedly wanted out of the show once original showrunner Frank Darabont was let go, and the new regime took the chance to craft a gruesome and, yes, shocking exit.