Last Man on Earth Lewis Dies

Last Man on Earth: Will Forte Really Didn't Want to Kill Off [Spoiler]

The following story contains spoilers about this past Sunday’s episode of The Last Man on Earth. Proceed at your own peril.

The show is set in a post-apocalyptic world — people are going to die. But that harsh truth didn’t make it any easier for Will Forte, the creator and titular star of Fox’s The Last Man on Earth, to whack Kenneth Choi‘s Lewis after less than a season. In fact, the decision to doom the fledgling pilot’s maiden voyage at the end of last Sunday’s episode was nearly reversed at the 11th hour.

“There were a lot of conversations about not having his plane crash,” Forte reveals to TVLine. “We actually were going to [have him] just fly off and never return. Up until the week before we had talked about shooting [an alternate] ending. But we just all agreed that that would take the punch out of [storyline]. We had this plan for Lewis and we had to go through with it. His [death] was linked to too many things.”

The latest casualty also underscores one of the central tenets of Last Man: “Nobody is sacred; anyone can be lost at anytime,” Forte maintains. “There have been talks about my character dying. We talk about everyone dying. Whatever is going to help the storyline and the show.”

That said, Forte confesses that parting ways with Choi “was very, very hard to do,” adding, “Everyone [at Last Man] loved him.”

The loss was also felt on screen, sinking the typically resilient gang into a major funk. “He was for sure the person who most had his s–t together in the group,” Forte explains. “Not only was it an emotional loss, but it was a practical loss as well.”

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18 Comments
  1. McSatan says:

    I was very surprised by this and I will definitely miss Lewis. Storywise, I hope the consequences turn out to be worth the loss of the character. Did Kenneth Choi choose to leave for another opportunity?

  2. Pedro says:

    Oh, yes. Kill off the one person of colour.

    • Giga says:

      Do you watch the show? He wasn’t the only person of color. There’s still Erica (African American). You could count Todd or not, depending on your definition, as he is Hispanic (the actor who plays him, Mel Rodriguez, is of Cuban descent).

      • Izzy says:

        Erica is Australian, even more exotic. Hahaha

      • MLD says:

        Lewis was both Asian and gay but the bigger point is that he was a newer character and there seemed like there could have been more to explore with him vs. knowing the back stories and interactions of the core group that have been around for two seasons or more. He was a nice balance to the other personalities as well. But for god’s sake get Gail out of the elevator!

    • Erin B says:

      You mean besides Mel Rodriguez & Cleopatra Coleman? Do you even watch the show?

  3. Erin B says:

    I liked the potential for a future storyline where they flew some were. Now that’s gone.

  4. Christian says:

    Like Fox would ever allow them to kill off Tandy.. get real, Will Forte!

  5. MichaMainz says:

    Is Erica still pregnant or has a longer gestation than an elephant?

  6. El Howard says:

    The shows strategy is to keep killing off the most likable character, first Gordon, then Phil, then Darell, then Lewis. Ok, I’ve missed a couple that maybe weren’t as likeable…

  7. Marco Piazzo says:

    I find it strange that so far no woman has ever died on the show; all of the show’s victims were male. It’s getting kind of annoying.

  8. Grant says:

    Nothing like a good spoiler being right there in the title, thanks Michael Ausiello!

  9. BabyYorbaLinda says:

    I can’t believe they killed off Lewis!!!! I love this show, but they really need to keep more people alive! He was a great cast member.

  10. This is BY FAR my favorite show on TV right now. I’m including Game of Thrones in that contest as well.