RIP Carl Grimes
Carl is Dead and fans are Shocked and Heartbroken over his demise!
The Walking Dead Mid-season 8 Return review
Season 8, Ep. 09 – ‘Honor’ | Aired February 25, 2018
by TS Alan
Walking Dead fans have endured many character deaths on the popular television show as well as in the graphic novel series. However, for The Walking Dead television fans the loss of popular character Carl Grimes, played by Chandler Riggs, blindsided fans. This isn’t the first time the creators have done this when eliminating characters, but killing Rick’s son was the most devastating of them all for viewers.
While most viewers knew that character Glenn Reis would meet a gruesome death at the end of Negan’s barbwire wrapped bat, and that Abraham Ford would eventually be killed off, fans of the television series could never have envisioned The Walking Dead creators would go this extreme and kill off a major show character, which will change the dynamic of the series well into the future. In the graphic novels Carl is still alive and very much an integral part of the Alexandria community, being groomed by his father for future leadership.
With creators deciding to kill Carl off in the television series this will drastically alter the story line for the show, which to a certain extent has been paralleling events from the graphic novels. With Carl now dead the outcome of the “All Out War” story arch could end quite differently along with Negan’s fate. This in turn could take the series in a completely polar opposite of the graphic novels.
Fans of the graphic novel series, too, have endured tragic loss recently. The death of Andrea, who died on the television show early on, who was Rick’s wife and Carl’s new mother was horrible to readers. So outraged were readers that creator Robert Kirkman gave an editorial apology. This was followed by further popular characters being killed off.
With killing off major characters in both mediums, it is apparent that Kirkman holds no character sacred. So what does that mean to the show’s fans? If he can kill off Carl, he could easily kill off Daryl, Carol, or even Rick Grimes. What the repercussions of Carl’s death will have on the show’s story line and ratings is yet to come to fruition, but be certain more tragedy and loss is inevitable.
RIP Carl Grimes. You died a hero and Chandler Riggs’ portrayal of the iconic character will be forever emblazoned upon the hearts of his fans.