In Lance Hornsby’s final scene in The Walking Dead, he chatted with Daryl and Carol, who were determined to end his life. Try as he might, he could not dodge an arrow to his throat, causing him to bleed from his mouth as he slowly died. It turned out that this was the last picture of him on the show and Josh Hamilton’s last scene as a “TWD” cast member. “It was a night shoot and it was kind of emotional and it was sticky. Tacky and emotional,” he told Entertainment Weekly, recalling the night he said goodbye to the role of Hornsby. Hamilton notes that getting the final crane shot wasn’t easy thanks to the copious amount of fake blood, but they eventually pulled it off.
Although he was quite sticky and emotional filming the scene and felt Hornsby could have stayed a little longer, Hamilton was pleased with the ending of the character’s story. In an interview with Decider, he explained that the scene perfectly encapsulated Hornsby as a person – the raunchy, scheming antagonist that he was. “It’s like his last little cockroach moment like, ‘How do I take control?'” Hamilton said, adding that the fact that Carol was the one who fired the show was particularly shocking to Hornsby. He also mentions that the moment must have been an odd relief for Hornsby, since he didn’t have to try to survive in a world he’s ill-equipped to face on his own.
The Walking Dead only has a handful of episodes left before it finally ends. It will be interesting to see what becomes of Lance Hornsby’s death in the upcoming episodes.