THE WALKING DEAD Star Chandler Riggs On Why He Has No Regrets About Carl's Shock Exit (Exclusive)

THE WALKING DEAD Star Chandler Riggs On Why He Has No Regrets About Carl's Shock Exit (Exclusive)

The Walking Dead star Chandler Riggs has looked back at his time working on the AMC series, admitting that he has no regrets about their decision to kill Carl Grimes so early into his story from the comics.

By JoshWilding - Apr 22, 2023 12:04 PM EST
Filed Under: The Walking Dead
Source: FearHQ.com

The Walking Dead was initially quite faithful to Robert Kirkman's long-running comic book series but, as time passed, it started doing its own thing more and more often. That was often to the show's detriment, with many of the creative decisions made by AMC driving viewers away and upsetting fans.

Still, the TV show had a good run, but made one of its most controversial decisions when Chandler Riggs' Carl Grimes was killed off. The character's comic book counterpart reached adulthood even after his father, Rick, died but a bite from a walker saw Carl eventually take his own life. If nothing else, it proved that The Walking Dead could still surprise us, but plenty of fans were still mighty upset. 

Recently, we spoke with Riggs about his role as Superman in Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes and Huntsmen, Part One

While we had the opportunity, we made sure to ask the actor how he feels now about the way Carl's story ended. 

"It’s crazy to think it was almost six years ago now that I left the show," Riggs started. "It was an incredible experience and I’m so lucky to have been on it for so long. I’m so grateful for everything it gave me over the years. I wouldn’t have been playing Superman if it wasn’t for that. It was pretty bittersweet."

"I knew there was a lot more left in Carl’s story that I was not able to tell, but at the same time, it was nice because I could do other projects and films and shows I couldn’t have done on The Walking Dead," he continued. "I’ve been able to play other characters and really feel like I’m stepping into being an adult actor. It was really cool and I’m not bitter about it at all."

The backlash at the time was incredibly vocal, so it's good to know Riggs isn't holding any grudges about this divisive end to his time as part of the franchise. Something many of you may not realise is that the actor actually made a cameo appearance in the finale as part of a crowd scene after visiting the set to catch up with his old friends!

Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen, Part One will be available to purchase Digitally and on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-Ray starting April 25.

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ModHaterSLADE
ModHaterSLADE - 4/22/2023, 12:38 PM
Got out at a good time. The show became a slog for the most part.
Origame
Origame - 4/22/2023, 2:40 PM
@ModHaterSLADE - ikr? The finale being an hour long promo for spin offs really cements they don't respect this franchise as a storytelling vehicle and instead see it as a money farm.
ModHaterSLADE
ModHaterSLADE - 4/22/2023, 3:15 PM
@Origame - Yeah, the franchise just feels so diluted at this point, and it shows with the drop in quality.
Origame
Origame - 4/22/2023, 3:18 PM
@ModHaterSLADE - you should see yms talk about the walking dead. It only covered season 2 (with the first video talking about season 1), but it really shows how amc has always treated the series and explains what's going on now.
ModHaterSLADE
ModHaterSLADE - 4/22/2023, 3:38 PM
@Origame - Good looking out.
PartyKiller
PartyKiller - 4/22/2023, 5:46 PM
Hard to believe that just a few years ago TWD was a big series that people talked about.
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