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'Walking Dead' star cries while talking about mid-season finale death [Spoiler Alert]

"It was a very scattered and stressful time because I had to deal with my real life and I also wanted to give the kind of focus I wanted to give to the show," a "Walking Dead" cast member said of being killed off in the zombie apocalypse drama's mid-season finale Sunday.

By Karen Butler
Cast of "The Walking Dead." (AMC.)
Cast of "The Walking Dead." (AMC.)

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- A longtime cast member of The Walking Dead wept as they talked about being killed off in Sunday's heart-breaking mid-season finale of the zombie apocalypse show.

Emily Kinney played kind-hearted former farm girl Beth on the drama for four seasons. The character, who had been held prisoner in a hospital for several episodes, was shot in the head just as her friends arrived to rescue her.

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The actress dropped by the analysis program The Talking Dead to discuss the plot development.

"Shooting the episode was stressful because you are not just leaving the character, but, oh, no..." Kinney said, as her voice began to break and her eyes welled up.

Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick assured her: "It's OK. You can be sad. It's OK. Everyone's sad, but I think it's helpful for people to see you here."

"Yeah, it's just pretend, you guys," she laughed.

"But you do get really invested and I have a whole life now in Atlanta... We all moved there and work there. I'm sorry," she said with tears streaming down her face. "You're dealing with not just the character. ... I was going to try not to cry. So, the thing is, it is a job -- I'm getting it together now -- and I was dealing with a job like all the things you would deal with if you had a job for a few years. I've been working on the show for three or four years now, so I had an apartment there and I found out in [episode] 7 [of Season 5] that I would die in 8, so I had to deal with all of those logistics of moving, getting rid of my apartment, plus it's like: 'Oh, you're not going to be on the show anymore. I want to see all of my friends all the time.' Lauren [Cohan] and Steven [Yeun] and Norman [Reedus] and all the people who have become so close to me. But then I also, of course, wanted to give a great performance because it was my last shot, so it was a very scattered and stressful time because I had to deal with my real life and I also wanted to give the kind of focus I wanted to give to the show."

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The season will resume in February.

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