Walking Dead producer explains why you shouldn't hate Carl

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Dec 17, 2012

If there's one character on AMC's The Walking Dead that has elicited more fan hate than anyone, it's probably Rick Grimes' own son—Carl (Chandler Riggs)—who is always getting into adolescent, post-apocalyptic trouble.

But the show's creators never wanted you to hate Carl. Despite the fact that his youthful ignorance has cost lives, it's (apparently) not all his fault. In fact, executive producer Glen Mazzara has a few good reasons why you should give Rick's young'un another chance. In an interview with The L.A. Times, he said:

"We had a debate ... and everyone wants to know why Carl's not in the house. Well, it's boring to sit in a house. And he's a little boy and he wants to mix it up and stuff. And he's walking through the woods and finds a zombie trapped in the mud and he starts doing what any Huck Finn would do and starts throwing rocks at the monster. And then later that is the same zombie that pulls itself free and kills Dale. And the writers were very nervous about that, you know? It feels earned, but it's a risk. Because Dale is a beloved character and if this other character is involved and responsible for that death, is the audience going to now hate Carl? But I thought the story was worth the chance."
It makes sense, I suppose, that kids will be kids—zombie apocalypse or not. But it does get a bit annoying when he's causing shenanigans while the grownups are trying to find ways to survive.

What do you think? Are you a fan of Carl?

(Via The LA Times)