Originally Posted by Farlander
Death of a character is something too important to be decided upon fan-feedback. It was planned from the get go. Not to mention that it was nicely foreshadowed with the heart attack in Ep1. The heart attack in Ep2 in a closed space with no medication and the knowledge that you don't have to be bitten to turn into a zombie? A very appropriate pay-off to the set-up.
It was a set-up, you're on target there. A set-up left in place for good reason. Had fans been clamoring for Larry to contribute to a plot development, he may have had a significant part to play. Unfortunately they wrote him so negatively he was either a goner from the get-go, or so unlikeable that he needed to go.