AceShowbiz - On Sunday, December 10, "The Walking Dead" aired its midseason finale which saw the AMC series delivering biggest shocker in the current season 8. Another character met its end in the episode titled "How It's Gotta Be", and what made it worse was that it was one of the few remaining original characters on the zombie drama.
It was revealed that Rick Grimes' teenage son Carl Grimes was bitten by the walkers in the ribs a few episodes back. Though the episode didn't feature Carl's death, fans need to brace themselves as his death most likely will be featured when the show returns in 2018.
Star Chandler Riggs, who plays Carl since the pilot episode, further confirmed his death. "Yes, Carl is going to die," Riggs said to The Hollywood Reporter. "There's no way he can get back from that. His story is definitely coming to an end."
Andrew Lincoln, the Rick depicter, told ComicBook.com, "This was the hardest... Losing Steven [Steven Yeun] was.... the thought of the journey without Steven in the cast was unbearable but this is... I didn't see it coming," comparing Carl's death to the one of Glenn's. He added that showrunner Scott Gimple did approach him, making him think that it was his character which would be killed off.
"Scott called me up and said, 'You're gonna hate this one. I want to just forewarn you.' Even then, I was waiting to say, 'This is a really cool way of telling me that I'm off the show, you know that?' That's what I thought he was about to say. He said, 'It's the kid.' I couldn't even say, 'No.' I was silent for a minute. He said, twice, 'Are you still there?' I just didn't see it coming."
The move to kill Carl, the only cast member alongside Rick who survives the eight seasons from the pilot, on the TV adaptation was rather intriguing since in the comic books, the character remains a major figure. In fact, the younger Grimes seemingly will take over leadership duties from his dad.
Fans were understandably devastated that their favorite character was set to leave the series. "Carl Grimes got bit. The Walking Dead won't return until 2018. Tomorrow's Monday. WORST. DAY. EVER.#TWD #TheWalkingDead," wrote a fan on Twitter. Another fan similarly tweeted, "#TheWalkingDead team knows how to break a heart. Now, put it back together! PUT IT BACK TOGETHER!"
Carl Grimes got bit.
The Walking Dead won't return until 2018.
Tomorrow's Monday.December 11, 2017
#TheWalkingDead team knows how to break a heart.
Now, put it back together!
PUT IT BACK TOGETHER! pic.twitter.com/nkoHgQQMaZ— Regi Brittain (@RegiBrittain) December 11, 2017
"The Walking Dead" returns on February 25 at 9 P.M. on AMC.