Chandler Riggs Talks About Carl's Fate on The Walking Dead

The original pitch did not sound cool at all, according to the actor.

By Chris Morse

Chandler Riggs, who played Carl Grimes on The Walking Dead for 8 solid years, has recently been speaking up about his time on the show and offering some insight into those experiences. At a Fandemic Event Tour Q&A, he dove into the process of filming the season 7 premiere and revealed what alternate scenes were put on film and edited to keep spoilers from trickling out. Since then, he's also talked a little bit more about the fate of his character and finding out how his last scenes would play out.

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Riggs had more to say on an article from Skybound Entertainment, the official website of Robert Kirkman's company, talking about finding out how Carl would be getting killed off last season. "I’m gonna be honest, when Scott told me how it happened, he didn’t mention the whole ‘Saviors blowing up all of Alexandria’ thing," he explained. "He just kind of said I went to hide in the sewers and just die. I was like, ‘man, that does not sound cool at all.’" What we ended up getting, on the other hand, was a major battle and a story of sacrifice and lessons taught his father who was losing his way.

In helping Siddiq and getting bit in the process, Carl helped put into perspective what he originally learned from his father about showing compassion and being the better person. Furthermore, he was pretty badass during that entire showdown in Alexandria. After reading episode 8, where it all unfolded, Riggs felt pretty satisfied with the way his character was going out.

It’s more like an innocent way to go out. That’s kind of what Carl is really embodying in these last two episodes and really just kind of sums up Carl as a whole and proves that he knows that there is something after the war, it’s not just killing and killing and killing and killing. There’s got to be some sort of hope for Judith and for Maggie’s baby and everyone.

We agree it was a fitting end for the character and story going forward, especially considering how the series will be handling the exit of its leading man, Andrew Lincoln, during its 9th season. Change is coming and it was at least refreshing to see some of the core principles of Carl's growth as a character come together in the conclusion of his 8-year run on the show.

The Walking Dead returns this fall and will fast-forward the story a few years into an uncertain future full of new challenges for a new beginning.

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Chris Morse

Programmer by day, writer by night. Having grown up surrounded by plenty of horror movies and video games, it only made sense for Chris to combine all of these passions into one place: Dead Entertainment. Whether he's working on designs, tinkering with the platform, or just writing up the latest horror news, he's sure to be hard at work keeping the wheels turning on this website no matter what time of day it is. When not coding or gaming, you can find him donning a Cheesehead and heading to the Midwest to cheer on his favorite NFL team, the Green Bay Packers. #GoPackGo

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