Spoiler alert! Do not read if you are not caught up with Season 8 of The Walking Dead. Spoilers follow!
When we last left The Walking Dead, Carl was not long for this planet. During the battle with the Saviors, Carl was bitten by a zombie. Though he managed to escape its rotting clutches, the bite was on his abdomen, meaning death is inevitable.
Chandler Riggs, who plays Carl, and has since the series premiered eight years ago, recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly about Carl's final episode, which will be the midseason premiere on February 25th.
The outlet also tweeted out a "first look" photo from the midseason premiere, which is a flashback to the scene in the midseason finale, where Carl is writing in his journal before going to war.
According to Riggs, the student has become the master:
"And though you can see that the story is coming to an end, he does have a lot to say because he’s been watching Rick over the last however many years, and has been learning from him and seeing every mistake that he’s made and every right decision. And he’s turned out to be a really well-shaped leader — kind of suited for this world and an icon for the new age. And so Carl’s just really going to be trying to teach Rick as much as he can."
As far as getting emotional about saying goodbye to the series, Riggs seems to have mixed feelings. "It was a weird kind of goodbye in that I now get to do all these other things and have so many more opportunities, but it was also kind of bitter because I have worked with these people for so long. And it’s really a family atmosphere."
After The Walking Dead, Riggs plans to move to Los Angeles. His next film is Inherit the Viper with Josh Hartnett and Bruce Dern, in which he plays an opioid dealer in Appalachia. He also has a burgeoning electronic music career under the moniker Eclipse.
But no matter what, Riggs will likely always be remembered as that kid on The Walking Dead, the one who ate an entire 100-ounce can of pudding. "He’s definitely leaving behind a really long-lasting legacy, which was the coolest part about playing those final moments — knowing that Carl was going to have such a lasting impact on the story."
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