“It will play out as bites play out on the show…” said Scott M. Gimple about the shocking mid-season finale twist. Without giving too much away, Gimple addressed the potential death on The Walking Dead to Chris Hardwick on Talking Dead.
In the finale, we learn that Carl Grimes had been bitten on The Walking Dead. More than likely, he had been bitten before when he saved Saddiq. With that in mind, Carl Grimes has truly died for his beliefs.
“He’s ready to sacrifice himself in that moment…” said Scott M. Gimple, about the scene with Negan.
Scott M. Gimple Addresses Carl Grimes’ Death
From outside the gate at Alexandria, Negan spoke to Carl Grimes over a microphone. During their conversation, Carl Grimes surprised everyone by telling Negan to kill him and end the war.
“Bad stuff does happen, but we can figure this out,” said Carl Grimes. “Kill me,” he added. “If you have to kill someone. If you there has to be punishment, then kill me. I’m serious.”
Carl Grimes doesn’t want to do, but as he said, he will.
An Unclear Future On The Walking Dead
During the scene with Negan (and various other scenes), it’s clear that Carl Grimes already knows he’s going to die. In fact, he’s been dealing with this the entire time and working towards his goal of dying for a reason.
Basically, the mid-season finale is Carl Grimes’ last stand. He wrote a letter to his father and told Negan that he would die for his beliefs. In another scene, we also saw Rick and Carl discuss Carl’s hope for the future.
“It’s going to happen,” he said. “And if me dying can stop this and make things different for us, for you, for all of those other kids, it would be worth it.” Carl then gets inside of Negan’s head. “Was this the plan? Was it supposed to be this way?”
In that moment, it’s also clear that Carl Grimes has grown beyond Negan. In many ways, Negan is still child-like with the way he thinks and reacts. Carl Grimes, on the other hand, is ready to do whatever it takes for peace.
Did you have any idea that Carl Grimes got bit while saving Saddiq?