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The midseason finale of "The Walking Dead" season 5 is here, and fans have already started preparing themselves to deal with the death of a fan-favourite character, as the series usually pulls out all the stops for its finales.

Chatter on spoiler forums suggest that Beth will be the one whose life will be cut short in the finale, and taking into account that stars of the show have already revealed that the midseason finale is going to be heartbreaking, it is safe to assume that a popular character will die.

For instance, Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon on the zombie apocalypse series, said that he cried before filming a scene in the finale. "I sat on an apple box with my head between my legs and just [bawled] for an hour," Reedus told TV Guide. "I really wanted not to tear up during [the scene] — I wanted to be like I had wasted every tear in my body before we started shooting — so I just sat there and cried and cried and cried."

The tragic events in the midseason finale will cause Daryl to have an emotional meltdown. "He's one of those characters where they keep dangling a carrot in front of him and he keeps reaching for it," Reedus said, "but the carrot falls in the mud right before he's about to get it."

It is not yet known what made Reedus cry, but it is sure to have something to do either with Beth or Carol, the roles essayed by Emily Kinney and Melissa McBride respectively. A showdown between Rick's gang and the hospital is expected in the finale as Rick and Daryl attempt to save Beth and Carol who are stuck inside the hospital.

"I would say make sure that you have a seatbelt on your couch and a lot of tissues handy," executive producer Gale Anne Hurd told E! News about the episode, and the same opinion was echoed by McBride, who noted: "I would say it is heartbreaking. It is, I think, completely unexpected and a fantastic way to end the midseason."

"The Walking Dead" Season 5 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.