When The Walking Dead returns to AMC for the second half of Season 8 on February 23rd, fans are expecting a funeral. Since it was revealed in the midseason finale that Carl Grimes (played by Chandler Riggs) has been bitten by a zombie, fans have been anticipating the character’s demise (with no small amount of genuine agony). Whether you like Carl or not, losing someone who’s been part of the show since Day 1 is a heavy blow.
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Unless it isn’t. We previously reported that The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman was at peace with Carl’s departure, but could it all be a rouse? Comments made on a recent Walker Stalker Cruise Q&A panel definitely has people rethinking donning all black for the show’s return.
Per We Got This Covered:
Kirkman: “He’s not dead yet. He might not die. You never know. But I think if, were that to happen, I think that it would have some interesting ramifications on Rick, that I think would energize and really kind of set things in motion in a really interesting way leading to the resolution of All Out War in a way that will make for a very exciting back half to season 8, so I think it’s going to be really cool.”
What do you guys think? Has The Walking Dead showrunner Scott M. Gimple been yanking our collective chains? We’ll know for certain soon enough.
Official Synopsis: “All-out war has had a devastating impact on every person involved. The communities themselves are fractured. Alexandria has been destroyed, the Hilltop finds themselves pinned, and the Kingdom is shattered — half of them dead, the other half controlled by the Saviors.
At the very center — Rick, having been distracted by the conflict, has just returned home to learn that Carl, who heroically shepherded the Alexandrians to safety during Negan’s attack, has been bitten by a walker. Once his sole motivation in this otherwise stark existence, Rick is forced to deal with this reality. Carl has always been a beacon of hope, a symbol for the remaining thread of humanity — lessons that the survivors around him would be wise to take with them as this war surges onward.
But Rick isn’t the only person who’s living in peril. Aaron and Enid are in a dire situation at Oceanside — unclear if they’re in friendly territory, or if they’ve just made new enemies. Father Gabriel will do his part in attempting to smuggle Dr. Carson safely back to the Hilltop and a pregnant Maggie is wrestling with the many moral gray areas that come with leadership during war. In a standoff with the Saviors, she must decide how to proceed with the dozens of POW lives she’s currently in control of, as well as new complications that come with being a leader.
In addition to the war, Negan continues to deal with struggles within his ranks as workers, traitors, and others’ thirst for power cause conflict at the Sanctuary. Having gifted the Saviors a major victory, Eugene’s loyalty is repeatedly tested as new obstacles present themselves.
As all-out-war consumes us, the line between good and evil continues to blur. People fighting for what they believe in. Everybody working together for something bigger — to feel safe and have a world worth living in.”