Warning: Below there are SPOILERS for Sunday’s Midseason Finale and TWD Comic Book Series!
The midseason finale for The Walking Dead ended with a shocking twist that’s also the biggest deviation so far from the source material (that being, the comic book series by Robert Kirkman). Carl Grimes, played by Chandler Riggs, has been bitten by a zombie and isn’t long for this world, despite the fact that the character is alive and well in the comics. So much for the Old Man Carl Theory!
While there are practical reasons for Rigg’s departure from the series, namely the fact that the actor is going to college in 2018, his father recently took to Facebook where he slammed TWD showrunner Scott M. Gimple for firing his son; the post has since been deleted, but we got the screenshot below.
It’s interesting to note that Riggs’ father claims his son had been told his character would be around for at least 3 more years before abruptly switching gears. Still, it’s difficult to tell whether the actor’s dad is airing a legitimate concern, or illustrating a severe case of sour grapes. What do you guys think?
The Walking Dead will return to AMC on February 25th; peep the trailer and synopsis below.
Official Synopsis: Last season Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his group of survivors were confronted with their deadliest challenge yet. With the comfort of Alexandria, they let their guard down, only to be reminded how brutal the world they live in can be.
Feeling powerless under Negan’s (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) rules and demands, Rick advocated the group play along. But seeing that Negan couldn’t be reasoned with, Rick began rallying together other communities affected by the Saviors. And with the support of the Hilltop and Kingdom, they finally have enough fire power to contest the Saviors.
This season Rick brings “All Out War” to Negan and his forces. The Saviors are larger, better-equipped, and ruthless — but Rick and the unified communities are fighting for the promise of a brighter future. The battle lines are drawn as they launch into a kinetic, action-packed offensive.
Up until now, survival has been the focus of Rick and our group, but it’s not enough. They have to fight to take back their freedom so that they can live. So that they can rebuild. As with any battle, there will be losses. Casualties. But with Rick leading the Alexandrian forces, Maggie (Lauren Cohan) leading the Hilltop, and King Ezekiel (Khary Payton) leading the Kingdom — Negan and the Saviors’ grip on this world may finally be coming to an end.