How The Walking Dead Cast Paid Tribute To Carl Grimes’ Death


“It was kind of weird just having to keep it under wraps for so long,” said Chandler Riggs about his epic death episode. “I’ve been doing it for so long, but it’s not to have it all out there.” Carl Grimes journey came to an end in the mid-season 8 premiere.

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Riggs described his last day on set as the elephant in the room that no one wanted to talk about. “The last scene that we shot was the goodbye scene with Judith. That was the one I was dreading the most because when I read the script, I was like, ‘God Lord, I’m going to have to say all this super depressing stuff.’ It was really sad.”

The scene actually happened about halfway through the episode. And, it was as heartbreaking as the creators had promised.

Chandler Riggs Said The Cast Payed Tribute

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Greg Nictoero and Chandler Riggs told Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick that they built the sewer for the final shots. Unlike many of the other scenes, it was created on a stage so they could actually work inside, rather than outside.

“After we finished that scene, we walked out of the sewer and everyone had a patch over their head,” said an emotional Chandler Riggs. “Everyone was cheering. They brought a hat that Andy [Lincoln] wore in Season 1.”

Now, things are really going to change on The Walking Dead.

Carl Grimes Ended His Life Inside Of A Church

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“Thank you for getting me here,” said Carl Grimes. Misunderstanding the overall comment, Rick Grimes apologized to his son for the situation. Carl clarified as he added, “Thank you for getting me here so I can be who I wound up…”

“Back there in the prison, when we got attacked, there was a kid,” he said. “He was starting to put [his gun] down and I shot him. He was giving up, but I just shot him.” After a beat, the dying boy added, “I think about him. What I did to him.”

Meanwhile, Morgan and Henry were having a similar realization. Morgan was on a killing spree (later described by Greg Nicotero as like Michael Myers). But when Henry came in to finish off Gavin, Morgan realized he had gone too far.

Essentially, if they keep killing everyone, there won’t be anyone left to save. There won’t be an aftermath. This is what Carl’s dying wish for his father.

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