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BREAKING: Kirkman FINALLY Revealed Rick And Carl’s “Real” Ages…

By Brock Swinson | Monday Monday Staff -    2017-02-20

Robert Kirkman Finally Addresses Carl’s Age

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Carl Grimes’ age has been a major discussion among fans since the very beginning of The Walking Dead. In Robert Kirkman’s comic, Carl was only seven when the outbreak began. On AMC’s version, Chandler Riggs has obviously grown up.

Carl’s age on the series has never been brought up on the show, but he’s a great deal older than he is in the comic series. In Issue 164, Robert Kirkman answered a fan letter that claimed Rick was about 27 and his son was around 7 years old.

Kirkman and editor Sean Mackiewicz decided to address the issue.

There Is Some Age Debate In House

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“Rick’s age has never been revealed in the comic,” confirmed Mackiewicz. “It’s true! Enough’s revealed that you can figure out he was 23 years old when he started getting serious with Lori…which indicates your theory because Rick can’t have been 27 at the same time Carl was 7.”

Kirkman and Mackiewicz disagree on Carl’s age as well. “The irony there is that I know Carl is 7 like you all do, because Robert wrote he was 7 in issue 5. So long as Carl never says how old he is post, time-jump, you can just ignore what we say in the letter pages as made up shit (Except for everything I just wrote).”

The time-jump happens between comics 126 and 127.

Carl’s Age Will Need To Be Adjusted

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Kirkman said it could be two years within the gap, but it could have been more. The creator also feels like Carl Grimes could be about thirteen in The Walking Dead comics, which would make the fan letter pretty accurate.

“It’s totally possible that Carl has aged five years since the beginning of the series,” confirmed Kirkman. “Kids age fast!” he joked. Carl’s age will need to be changed for television, regardless of these fan predictions.

Currently, on television, Riggs has grown from age 10 to age 17 so far.

Do you think this age gap will interview with current plotlines?

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Brock Swinson

Brock Swinson is the author of 'How Hollywood Screenwriters Annihilate Writer's Block,' which includes advice from Aaron Sorkin, William Monahan, and Cary Fukunaga. Get it for free or listen to interviews at the "Creative Principles with Brock Swinson" podcast on the website above.

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