‘The Walking Dead’: In memory of [SPOILER], revisit the show’s 23 most shocking deaths ever

Warning: the following story contains “The Walking Dead” spoilers from Sunday’s episode. Read at your own risk!

“The Walking Dead” giveth and “The Walking Dead” taketh away. In this week’s third episode of Season 8, titled “Monsters,” Morales (Juan Gabriel Pareja) reunited with his old buddy Rick (Andrew Lincoln) only to be killed shortly thereafter by Daryl (Norman Reedus). But Morales wasn’t the only character to perish in “Monsters.” After getting shot by the Saviors in last week’s episode, Eric (Jordan Woods-Robinson) soon succumbed to his injuries and turned into a walker, while his boyfriend Aaron (Ross Marquand) watched helplessly from afar. In honor of Eric and Morales both giving their lives, click through our photo gallery above to refresh your memories on the 23 most shocking “The Walking Dead” deaths of all time.

As diehard fans of the show know, Morales was one of the original survivors who was part of the Atlanta crew back in Season 1. Morales left the group with his wife and two children to try to find other family members in Alabama, but as we learned in Sunday’s episode, Morales’ family was killed before they ever reached Birmingham. Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) soon found him and took him in, which explains how Morales went from family man to Savior. Before Rick could get anymore information out of his former friend, Daryl’s crossbow silenced him forever.

While Morales likely won’t be missed by many fans, Eric’s love story with Aaron was a rare positive ray of light on AMC’s dark and depressing zombie drama. With so many couples biting the dust over the years — Rick and Lori, Glenn and Maggie, Tara and Denise, Sasha and Abraham — the love story between Eric and Aaron was one of the last remaining. What will Aaron do now that his boyfriend has been killed? Give us your theories down in the comments section.

The last major character to die was Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), who gave her life in the Season 7 finale in the first major battle between Rick’s survivors and Negan’s Saviors. Throughout her four-year journey on the show, Sasha had to watch as her brother Tyreese and boyfriends Bob and Abraham were all killed off, making hers one of the more tragic stories on “The Walking Dead.” But she’s not the only major character who shockingly met with the grim reaper. See the 23 most shocking “The Walking Dead” deaths.

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