Walking Dead star ‘devastated’ over being killed off

Still from The Walking Dead

SPOILERS AHEAD! Before we get into details, if you didn’t catch the mid-season finale this past weekend you may want to stop reading! But if you did, let’s continue, shall we?

AMC’s hit show, The Walking Dead, is straying from its source material, and one of the actors on the series isn’t happy about it.

Turns out Chandler Riggs, who plays Rick’s son, Carl Grimes, is devastated over the news that he’s being killed off in the series, especially because the character is still going in the comic books the show is based on.

You’ll probably remember in the last episode that Carl was shown to reveal he had been bitten by a walker, a mark of certain death. Riggs later confirmed that the show’s first episode when it returns from break in February, will be his last. And if you were shocked by the news, you’re not alone.

Riggs told The Hollywood Reporter, “It was devastating for me and my family because the show has been such a huge part of my life for so long. For a few days, we didn’t know what to do; I just bought a house in Senoia [close to where the show films in Georgia]. That was a big deal that I wouldn’t be on anymore. I decided that I wanted to not go to college for at least a year and move to L.A. and focus on acting and music. It ended up being a great thing because now I get to do all kinds of other stuff that I haven’t been able to do in the last eight years.”

But he also admits it was a good move for the series: “Leaving Walking Dead wasn’t my decision. It was all story related. It made sense story-wise for it to happen for Rick and Michonne and all the other characters.”

While Riggs seemed to hold it together, saying that he’s at least excited to get the chance to work on other projects, his father’s reaction was less composed.

William Riggs blasted The Walking Dead’s showrunner, Scott Gimple, on his Facebook page, writing, “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!”

Did you watch the mid-season finale? Are you sad to lose Carl, or do you agree it was the right move? Sound off in the comment section below! ~Alexa Caruso

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  1. Arugaru • December 12, 2017 @ 1:22 PM

    Sadly I am happy he is being killed off. Great character but with all due respect Chandler Riggs delivered the weakest acting amongst the surviving cast members. This is I have found that everyone of the cast members deliver a believable performance except for Chandler Riggs. This show requires a certain amount of immersion in order to truly enjoy it. I have found that everyone of the cast members deliver a believable performance except for Chandler Riggs.

  2. Michele • December 12, 2017 @ 3:21 PM

    That’s it! We are out! We are over the OG killing. We tried to keep going but this it. We are done. Bye TWD

  3. H Thompson • December 12, 2017 @ 3:59 PM

    I think they should kill the series.
    Disgusting amount of violence and a really stupid story line.
    Zombies???? Don’t get it. Physically impossible. If these folks had any common sense they’d burn the whole shiteree and it would be over. Waste of time and energy.

    More TV garbage.

  4. jane • December 12, 2017 @ 4:50 PM

    I think killing him off is premature. I felt his character was just getting interesting, and they could have done much more with his character now that he is grown up. Too bad.
    Best of luck to Chandler in his next adventure, whatever he decides!

  5. ROB A • December 12, 2017 @ 5:02 PM

    I am very sad to see him go but I wish him all the best

  6. George Psofimis • December 12, 2017 @ 5:03 PM

    Good he needed to die, his hair was pissing me off.

  7. George • December 12, 2017 @ 8:35 PM

    I’m glad he’s gone as long as rick Daryl Maggie and Terra live I don’t care oh and michonne

  8. Colleen • December 12, 2017 @ 9:05 PM

    Losing Carl is devasting to the show and his fans. I wish him all the best and ignore what others say here about bad acting I saw his character grow throw the years. It’s as bad as losing glenn and Abraham. Bad acting, he was a kid in a messed up world who still learned to do what was right and so disappointed 😔

  9. Rhonda Jackson • December 12, 2017 @ 9:27 PM

    I am a big fan of the Graphic (comic book for grownups) Novels….I knew they kept Glen alive longer than they should have…but I just loved that Character. Carl, not a big character…for me. AND, if “his” Parents, had known the story, they would not be so angry. 3 years…he will have cameos…you get that right? Selfish parent of child actor! LINE UP HERE!

  10. Lee Mac • December 13, 2017 @ 3:00 PM

    Ohh I’m devastated bwahahahahaha

  11. Brenda • December 13, 2017 @ 9:15 PM

    So angry
    Gimple is an ass!
    I hope that Chandler goes on to have an amazing career !
    I will miss him.

  12. Brandy • December 14, 2017 @ 9:26 AM

    All the best characters are killed off – showed died for me when Tyrone and Beth left – time to end it…

  13. Beverley Tymchuk • December 18, 2017 @ 1:03 PM

    i think they are repeating themselves over and over..get on with the story. so many episodes are boring and too many commercials.

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