AceShowbiz - Fans seemingly are not going to let Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) go that easily. After it was revealed in the midseason finale of "The Walking Dead" season 8 that the teenage son of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) was bitten by the walkers, fans of the AMC hit series protest his death with a petition for showrunner Scott Gimple to be fired.
The petition's summary points out that "the entire show has been a lead up to showing Carl become the leader that his father is, maybe one day taking on the mantle himself." It continues, "Actor Chandler Riggs even considered postponing his college education so he could work on the show after Gimple promised that he would be on the show for 3 more years."
The summary also notes how Gimple "gave no explination[sic] as to why Chandler was killed off other than that it was because of 'the story,' and that it had nothing to do with personal issues but many speculate that the claim is false."
"This petition is meant to bring AMC TV into the spotlight and fire The Walking Dead showunner Scott Gimple for his actions and unfair treatment of actor Chandler Riggs," the summary concludes. Around 30,000 people signed the petition, which was started by Tyler Sigmon, so far.
Chandler's dad William previously took to Facebook to slam both Gimple and the network following his son's firing. "Watching Gimple fire my son 2 weeks before his 18th birthday after telling him they wanted him for the next 3 years was disappointing," William wrote in the now-deleted post. He went on slamming Gimple and the network, saying that he "never trusted" them even though his son, who starred on the zombie apocalypse series since its pilot episode, did.
Fans absolutely didn't see Carl's death coming, and their rage over the big twist was arguably understandable. In the comics, the character remains a major figure. In fact, the younger Grimes seemingly will take over leadership duties from his dad.
"The Walking Dead" returns on February 25 at 9 P.M. on AMC.