‘Walking Dead’ spoilers ahead! Read at your own risk!
The midseason finale of ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 will be remembered as one of the most game-changing episodes of the series to date thanks to that heartbreaking final scene. After the episode saw the Saviors rampaging through the ranks of the people who had defied them, fans were given a false sense of security that the majority of the key characters would end the series safe underground. Then came the shocking reveal that Carl had been bitten by a Walker on the torso and was, therefore, going to die, meaning that series original Chandler Riggs would be leaving the series.
Chandler Riggs’ father had something to say about his son’s character getting killed off, and he didn’t hold back, saying:
“Watching Gimple fire my son 2 weeks before his 18th birthday after telling him they wanted him for the next 3 years was disappointing. I never trusted Gimple or AMC but Chandler did. I know how much it hurt him. But we do absolutely know how lucky we have been to be a part of it all and appreciate all the love from fans all these years!”
William Riggs, Chandler’s father, shared his thoughts in a candid Facebook post that has since been taken down. His words make it clear that showrunner Scott Gimple did not deliver the kind of news Riggs was looking for.
Of course, Chandler himself has been open about the devastation of losing ‘The Walking Dead.’ He had apparently bought a house in the Georgia area where the show has been filmed for years, and he was obviously close with everybody on set. William Riggs’ post states that the whole family expected Chandler to be a part of the series for another three years, which had to make the news that Carl would be killed a big surprise. The 18-year-old has already landed a movie, so he isn’t lacking for work.
Fans can rest assured that ‘The Walking Dead’ won’t gloss over Carl’s death. We can see in the trailer that the loss of Carl will hit Rick very hard, and he has a history of not dealing with devastating family losses very well. Michonne was also visibly distraught at the end of the midseason finale, and we can bet that there will be plenty more sadness to come.
‘The Walking Dead’ will return for the second half of Season 8 in February.