Andrew Lincoln says '27 people die' in Walking Dead season finale

Well, we were expecting it to be brutal ...

If you're following The Walking Dead this season, then you know this Sunday's season finale, "Welcome to the Tombs," is set up to be an all-out showdown between the survivors living in the prison and the Governor's little army. Teasers for the episode have been positively explosive, and we know blood is bound to be spilled. But how much blood? Rick Grimes himself, Andrew Lincoln, isn't naming names, but he is promising a rather high body count.

"Twenty-seven people die," Lincoln told Rolling Stone. "It's safe to say it is all hands to pumps. It's a crazy season finale."

Not counting the zombie apocalypse itself, which (mostly) happened off camera, that makes for the highest (human) body count in any single episode of the show so far. So, whose heads are on the chopping block? Well, The Governor certainly has plenty of soldiers ready to die for him, and we can safely assume that Rick, Daryl, Michonne and company will be happy to oblige them. But even if no-name grunts make up the bulk of the body count, some central characters have to be in danger, right? The series creators happily emphasize that no one is safe on their show, and we've certainly seen that prove true more than once in season three alone. The question really isn't whether a central character will die, but rather who that central character will be.

All right, line up and place your bets. Who's on their way out? Andrea? Glenn? Carol? Hershel? Michonne? Will Rick kill the Governor? Will the Governor kill Rick? Will Daryl go down and force us all to find a new favorite character? We'll find out when "Welcome to the Tombs" airs Sunday at 9/8C on AMC. 

(Rolling Stone via MSN)