THE WALKING DEAD has unexpectedly killed off countless beloved characters in the TV series, while others outlive their fate in the comic books. However, after tonight’s episode it seems time is up for Ezekiel.
During last week’s episode of The Walking Dead things weren’t looking good for King Ezekiel (played by Khary Payton). In the episode titled Silence The Whisperers, fans watched him suffer after inhaling a great deal of smoke in a deadly forest fire. Now, the character has suffered another deadly blow to his health.
In this week’s episode titled What It Always Is, Ezekiel still hasn’t shaken his deadly cough.
Worried about his fellow group member’s health Siddiq (Avi Nash) starts asking question an the answer devastated fans.
Tragic scenes saw the character reluctantly reveal he had thyroid cancer, showing him a large lump on his neck.
When Siddiq asks how long he’s known for Ezekiel replies “A month, It’s grown since then.”
With no sign of his health improving, will Ezekiel be the next to die?
The character added: ”Siddiq, I know what it is.
“Growing up, my grandfather went through it and my father. The pain, coughing, swelling – I watched them fight it and win.
“Did you know thyroid cancer has a 98% survival rate? Different times. Times of sorcery and witchcraft. Chemo, iodine radiation therapy, thyroidectomy. Now – now we both know what it means.”
With his health rapidly declining, just as he had opened up about his trauma fans were heartbroken by the news.
During the last episode, the fan-favourite seemed to have developed a romance with Michonne (Danai Gurira),
Taking to Twitter one fan wrote: “Can’t believe it Ezekiel has cancer and the last domino has fell in the walking dead #WALKINGDEAD”
A second added: “I feel so bad for Ezekiel #TalkingDead #TWD. Such a great character and Khary is so wonderful in the role. #WalkingDead”
Noting the character’s dismal fate at the hands of Alpha (played by Samantha Morton) in the comics, another fan added: “I love @kharypayton as Ezekiel.
“I couldn’t think of a better person playing this role. I’m just glad he didn’t suffer the same fate as in the comics!! #WalkingDead”
Meanwhile, the Ezekiel star spoke out about the fate of his character, and it doesn’t look good.
Speaking to Comicbook.com Khary explained: “Something horrible is about to happen.
“I mean, what are you talking about man?
“You know the show that you’re dealing with.”
Did the actor just confirm fans fears and reveal Ezekiel won’t survive?