Entertainment: Melissa McBride gets choked up during final 'The Walking Dead' Comic-Con panel: 'I'm just so grateful'

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Norman Reedus comforts © Kirsten Acuna/Insider Norman Reedus comforts "TWD" costar Melissa McBride at the show's final San Diego Comic-Con panel. Kirsten Acuna/Insider
  • "TWD" held its final San Diego Comic-Con panel on Friday.
  • Melissa McBride was asked if she wanted to share anything with fans about her time on the show.
  • McBride fought back tears as she tried to find the words to say, ultimately saying she's "grateful."

Friday's final "The Walking Dead" panel at San Diego Comic-Con was an especially bittersweet one for star Melissa McBride.

When asked if there was anything she wanted to share with fans Friday from the convention's Hall H stage, the actor, who has been a part of the series since season one, got a bit choked up.

"This whole experience has just been amazing, out of this world. [I] never thought it would become what it became for myself, for everybody else up here," McBride started before trying to clear her throat.

"There's so much I want to say, but God, I swear to God, it gets stuck," McBride said, pointing to her throat and frustratingly adding, "This always happens."

Melissa McBride tries to tell the crowd that every time she tries and expresses her thoughts on Carol that she just can't. Kirsten Acuna/Insider © Kirsten Acuna/Insider Melissa McBride tries to tell the crowd that every time she tries and expresses her thoughts on Carol that she just can't. Kirsten Acuna/Insider

Tears welled in her eyes and her costar Norman Reedus, sitting next to her during the panel, reached out to comfort McBride.

"I'm a little nervous, but I can't hide it like Norman does," McBride admitted while wiping tears from her eyes.

Upon seeing the actor get emotional about the show ending after 11 seasons, the crowd cheered her on with cries of "I love you," which made the star wipe away more tears while smiling.

"Every time. I have so much to say," McBride said as she struggled to fight the lump in her throat.

Melissa McBride is moved to tears during the © Kirsten Acuna/Insider Melissa McBride is moved to tears during the "TWD" SDCC panel. Kirsten Acuna/Insider

Moderator Chris Hardwick jumped in to say, "It's understandable. I think it's comforting, especially for the fans to know, that it means so much to you as it means to them. It's important that it's not just a job that it was a part of your life and a part of their lives and I think that's special. I hope you understand how much you've positively impact[ed] these folks."

McBride, wiping away one more tear, told the crowd, "I'm just so grateful."

Norman Reddus and Melissa McBride smile at one another at SDCC's © Kirsten Acuna/Insider Norman Reddus and Melissa McBride smile at one another at SDCC's "TWD" panel. Kirsten Acuna/Insider

It's understandable that McBride may have trouble finding the words to express right now to the fans about her time on the AMC apocalyptic series.

Though the show was set to come to a close after 11 seasons, she was originally set to star in a "TWD" spinoff with Reedus. AMC confirmed that McBride departed the series in April as, according to AMC, "relocating to Europe became logistically untenable for Melissa at this time."

Originally supposed to receive T-Dog's death, McBride's character, Carol Peletier, was never to last more than three seasons on the show until "TWD" universe chief pushed to keep Carol, who eventually became a fan-favorite in part for breaking stereotypes about the sorts of roles women could play on TV.

Melissa McBride wearing a suit and tie: Melissa McBride as Carol on © Josh Stringer/AMC Melissa McBride as Carol on "TWD." Josh Stringer/AMC

"I was dead set against it," Gimple told Insider in 2019. "I thought it would be a great story to see a person who came from abuse become the hero, and not in an easy way. She herself had to struggle with the power that she found."

In Robert Kirkman's comic-book series, Carol, commits suicide at the prison by having one of the undead fatally bite her after failing to adapt to life in the zombie apocalypse.

During the same conversation, McBride told Insider in 2019 it's difficult for her to talk about Carol's story arc because she knows people like her character who "didn't make it." It's why Carol's story is so important to her.

"It's really hard for me to talk about that aspect of her without getting just boiled up inside because I know people like her that didn't make it," McBride told us at the time.

Hopefully, McBride gets the chance to tell fans more about what it has meant to play Carol before the series ends this fall. During Friday's panel, it was announced that the show will receive a massive send-off in Los Angeles, California on November 20, 2022.

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