“The Walking Dead” Season 8 killed off “the real MVP.”

*Spoilers ahead from TWD Season 8, Episode 4, which aired Sunday, Nov. 12*

TWD regularly kills off people — and killed a lot of mostly unknown Kingdom residents in “Some Guy.” But it’s the death of a CGI tiger that had fans screaming NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO across Twitter.

Shiva, the loyal tiger companion of former zookeeper “King” Ezekiel of the Kingdom, was killed saving her papa and his friends, Carol and Jerry. Shiva was always clutch, like in the Season 7 finale last spring. But TWD is based on the comic book by Robert Kirkman, and Shiva did die in that comic book during this All Out War storyline. That said, plenty of other changes have been made over the years — including Carol and Judith still being alive when they both died back in the prison storyline of the comic. There was hope that TWD wouldn’t kill off the tiger. But there was also the CGI budget, among other practical considerations.

Fans were not happy to see Shiva go, comparing her death to losing Glenn last year. (Sorry, Eric. How quickly we move on.)

Saddest death since Glenn #RIPShiva #Shiva #TheWalkingDead @WalkingDead_AMC pic.twitter.com/yCMI3M1zgy

— Tara Dublin (@taradublinrocks) November 13, 2017

The worst death of the entire series. RIP Shiva #TheWalkingDead pic.twitter.com/RwQn51pBK4

— angel cowling (@angelllc15) November 13, 2017

When you saw Shiva getting ate and you wanted to go in to help but you remember it’s a tv show #TheWalkingDead pic.twitter.com/TQ1SYO5Gea

— Lit Gallagher (@BasQuiatSmoke) November 13, 2017

Shiva literally gave up her own life to save the people she loves no one talk to me for a WEEK #thewalkingdead pic.twitter.com/5LmTxGH5Ag

— wiwy (@moonybagans) November 13, 2017

He saved her, and then she saved him. RIP Shiva #TheWalkingDead pic.twitter.com/eYq34RHAFz

— Nick Quaglieri (@nquags21) November 13, 2017

Watching Shiva get surrounded #TheWalkingDead pic.twitter.com/bYz2uVfGvD

— Rick E. (@ninjawalker115) November 13, 2017

*Guy gets split in half: doesn’t blink an eye
*Shiva dies: what kind of sick show is this?!#TheWalkingDead

— Allison Avery (@AlleyAveryy) November 13, 2017

Person dies: OK it’s part of the show. I’ll get over it.

Animal dies: What the hell? What is wrong with you people??

Poor Shiva. 🐅#TheWalkingDead

— Melinda M. (@melinda0824) November 13, 2017

Out of all the characters we’ve lost along the way…Shiva’s death hurt me the most #TheWalkingDead pic.twitter.com/OUamGBucSR

— Ki Martin (@kiiwii63) November 13, 2017

R.I.P. Shiva 😰

Retweet to commemorate her!#TWD #TheWalkingDead pic.twitter.com/g9Pyfv1yY0

— #TWD Fan Page (@FTWDFans) November 13, 2017

I didn’t cry this much when Glenn was killed and I am now sobbing over a Shiva. #TheWalkingDead pic.twitter.com/yHQVF1LuZh

— Angelique Legendre (@Angie_Legendre) November 13, 2017

rip to the real mvp of #TheWalkingDead pic.twitter.com/3swTLsPsjA

— alyssa renae 💫 (@lilyssa_) November 13, 2017

the whole fandom watching shiva’s death #thewalkingdead pic.twitter.com/zG58PCkTip

— taci (@dixonzone) November 13, 2017

You can say Shiva🐯 wasn’t real, but these feelings are real 😭😭😭😭 #TheWalkingDead #TalkingDead pic.twitter.com/eaQ18OQzoV

— Natalie (@NatalieJoy1020) November 13, 2017

First Game of Thrones kills Viserion and and now #TheWalkingDead kills Shiva! Stop killing my CGI baby animals! pic.twitter.com/5FPTMYhiSC

— Jenn (@jennjenn119) November 13, 2017

Yes, it’s like losing a “Game of Thrones” dragon or direwolf all over again.

Actor Khary Payton told Entertainment Weekly what it meant for Ezekiel to lose Shiva:

“[T]o me Shiva is kind of the embodiment of what the Kingdom is to Ezekiel. She is this rare, beautiful creature that somehow is surviving and thriving in this dark and hellish place, and that’s what the Kingdom is. It’s this bright, beautiful thing that he was able to build despite all of the death that’s rotting around him, and I think that moment is kind of the embodiment of seeing Shiva. In my mind, it just replayed everyone dying on that field, but the incredible loss that you feel when you lose so many so abruptly and so harshly. And so that, to me, was the connecting sinew that I was able to find in my brain to have that emotional connection. And another gut-wrenching scene to watch, good gracious.”

“The Walking Dead” Season 8 continues Sunday, Nov. 19 with Episode 5, “The Big Scary U,” at 9 p.m. on AMC.

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