Another one bit the dust on The Walking Dead when quirky redneck inmate Axel (Lew Temple) was on the receiving end of a bullet to the brain courtesy of the Governor (David Morrissey). For Temple, news of his character's demise came as ''a gut punch.'' Not only did Temple request a stay of execution from showrunner Glen Mazzara before the episode was filmed, but he had a powerful ally in his corner: ''Andrew Lincoln made a very kind stand for me to the producers and writers and said, 'We can't do this. I think this is a mistake because we're bringing in and investing in players and actors that bring something to this world, and we're starting to connect, and their time is too short.' But in the wisdom of the show and this is why the show connects so much in life, sometimes just as we get to know somebody, they pass through our graces.''
Unfortunately, Temple's fortunes look no better on his next project, Disney's big-screen adaptation of The Lone Ranger, due in theaters July 3. ''I was three months on a horse for that, playing a ranger,'' says Temple of the action film, which stars Armie Hammer in the titular role and Johnny Depp as Tonto. ''Clearly, based on the title alone The Lone Ranger I don't fare well in this picture.''