Quoted from TigerLaw:
Having the voice of a soon to be dead character featured in the game would have been a horrific decision. I'm glad they focused on the zombies and not Carl or Hershell or Shane or whoever.
The voice of Merl would have been awesome though...dead as he may be...if he was the red kneck making the call outs wed all be happy.
Totally disagree with this. First, you don't want any dead characters, unless it's Merl? That means as long as you connect enough with the character/voice, it's OK.
Somewhat to that end, if they just used a few of the iconic characters (Rick, Daryl, Michonne, etc) they are staples and will never go out of style in fan's eyes. Then, if you fought along side them, and if you didn't do well enough, they died along the way, the whole premise would be like the show.
I'll be shocked if Rick ever died, but even if he did, if your game was based around fighting with him and helping him and the others stay alive, that would be cool.