Even though it’s never been advisable to get too attached to characters on The Walking Dead, the death of Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) shocked and upset many fans (and even some of its stars). But Walking Dead creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman thinks that killing Carl may in fact be a good thing.
In the live after show Talking Dead following Episode 810, Kirkman said the death of the character frees up possibilities for the show’s future and prevents it from being simply a clone of the comic book series on which it’s based. “Really, if anything, it just makes me more excited,” said Kirkman. “I think that any time that path is not set, any time you can’t look at a comic book series and go, ‘Oh, I know exactly what’s going to happen,’ it makes things a little bit more exciting.”
Added Kirkman: “And dealing with those unknowns, when we’re in the writers’ room, when we’re working on Season 9, all those changes that kind of snowball out from that, it just makes for a better show.”
The one-eyed hero Carl shoots himself in The Walking Dead’s mid-season premiere, Episode 809, “Honor,” after revealing in the midseason finale, “How It's Gotta Be,” that he had been bitten by a walker. Carl’s death marks one of the show’s biggest deviations from Kirkman’s monthly comic (since he’s still alive in the comics).
Kirkman’s remarks on Carl’s death ties in with what executive producer Gale Anne Hurd told ComicBook.com back in May: “From the very beginning, Robert said, ‘Look, these are two different types of media,’" she said. “Because we have characters that were never in The Walking Dead comic, like Daryl Dixon, that automatically changes that dynamic. He basically said, ‘If this was a panel-by-panel adaptation, it would be a different thing.’”
Well, what do you think? Is Carl’s death a good thing for the show? Feel free to let us know in the comments below.