The Striking Similarities Between Chandler Riggs And His Character Carl Grimes

By Brock Swinson | Monday Monday Staff -    2018-02-08

“Well, I’m not a murderer,” said Chandler Riggs, when asked how he compares to his character, Carl Grimes. “Carl is a very ballsy dude. Showing up Negan, I couldn’t do that… “ said the actor.

At the San Diego Comic-Con, Chandler Riggs talked about the obvious differences between himself and Carl Grimes. However, there are just as many similarities between the duo.

In fact, Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan) said Chandler is more like Carl than he thought.

Chandler Riggs Talks About Character, Carl Grimes

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“But I definitely had a lot of fun doing it,” said Chandler Riggs about Carl’s attack on Negan in Season 7. “The hair is different. I don’t wear a hat that much. I’ve got two eyes,” he finally joked.

Besides the obvious characteristics, both are also approximately the same age, even though that number is somewhat vague. In the comic, Carl is only a little boy this entire time, so Chandler Riggs obviously had to grow up and age between seasons.

The biggest change to Chandler and the comic character hadn’t happened at the time of this interview.

Did Chandler Riggs Know Carl Was About To Die?

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It’s unclear if Chandler Riggs knew Carl Grimes was going to die at the 2017 Comic-Con, but Scott Gimple and Robert Kirkman likely already knew. When asked if he would be back in ten years, the boy somewhat ignored the question.

Like any off-hand answer from cast and crew, Chandler Riggs somewhat avoided the bigger question of working on the show ten years down the road. Again, it’s unclear if he already knew about the walker bite.

In the comic book, there’s no walker bite and Carl Grimes is very much alive through the years. Since the comic book is ahead of the series, it’s unclear how the show will catch up without Carl Grimes.

The next major shift in the comic would have been the Whisperers. But without Carl Grimes, it’s unclear what that means for the show. Robert Kirkman has said that the show will go on without skipping major comic moments, but he’s lied to us before.

Are you looking forward to seeing what happens after Carl Grimes?

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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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