The Walking Dead’s Chandler Riggs discusses Carl’s death and his “long-lasting legacy” on the show
The Walking Dead actor Chandler Riggs has shared his thoughts on Carl’s death, saying the character’s passing will have a “long-lasting” impact on the series.
The recent mid-season finale left viewers with what could be considered as one of the biggest shocks to have ever come out of The Walking Dead. In the final moments of the episode, Alexandria leader Rick Grimes walked over to his son Carl to find he had been bitten by a walker on his stomach; an injury that can only mean certain death on the show.
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Fans of the show were left gobsmacked by the loss of such a major character, but Riggs and TWD producer Scott M. Gimple have promised that Carl’s “legacy” will indeed live on.
“He’s definitely leaving behind a really long-lasting legacy,” Riggs told Entertainment Weekly. “[That] was the coolest part about playing those final moments — knowing that Carl was going to have such a lasting impact on the story.”
Gimple added: “Carl’s presence is felt very deeply throughout the story. It’s a critical aspect of the season.”
Rigg’s co-star Andrew Lincoln has also discussed the huge implications for Rick Grimes’ character now that his son faces death.
“The back half [of the season] is him trying to live through the unbelievable pain, in the middle of a war, and trying to reconcile this loss with what he’s fighting for,” Lincoln said. “This is his worst nightmare being realised.”
The Walking Dead season 8 returns March 25 in America at 9pm on AMC, and airs the following day in the UK at 9pm on FOX.