If you’re kind of emotional about Carl Grimes’ impending exit from The Walking Dead, it’s probably a coin toss whether watching dad Rick serenade his longtime TWD fam will make you laugh, cry, or a little bit of both.
The Walking Dead’s main man, Andrew Lincoln (aka Rick Grimes), sat down at the piano recently to improvise a funny-yet-sad, lo-fi farewell note to Chandler Riggs, whose stint as Carl on the show looks set to come to a feverish, zombifying end.
Set to the tune of Camila Caboello’s “Havana,” Lincoln ooh-la-las his way through a silly (yet strangely poignant) walkthrough of what he loves and hates about the time he and Riggs have shared on the show.
Lincoln jokes that he’s “never going to have to say Carl again,” before admitting that, with Riggs’ departure, “the minuses far outweigh the plusses.”
One of our favorite moments comes near the end, when Lincoln pauses while trying to sing “I can’t begin to say…” before just stopping the music and saying straight into the camera: “…how much I miss you.”
It’s not all tears and hankies, though. Lincoln riffs in goofy fashion on the travails of starring in a serial TV show about the undead: “God I hate those freakin’ zombies! They keep eating all of my friends and family,” he merrily chirps.
Dead followers know that Carl’s not long for this world after being zombie-bitten (offscreen) in the Season 8 episode “How It’s Gotta Be.” We’ll get to see how his goodbye will play out Sunday, Feb. 25, when The Walking Dead continues on AMC.