Like many 17-year-olds, Chandler Riggs is looking forward to college. However, the young actor must contend with the added pressure of a hit television series and a devoted fan base searching for any clues to his character’s future.
The “Walking Dead” star recently ignited questions about the fate of Carl Grimes when he announced last month that he’d been accepted to Auburn University. That speculation was further fueled by a social media post by his father about the completion of his seven-year contract, which some fans interpreted as indication that Riggs is leaving the AMC drama. The actor’s mother, Gina-Ann Riggs, tamped down rumors, insisting we shouldn’t “over analyze” the comments.
But in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Chandler Riggs did little to reassure viewers about his television role, or his ability to juggle college and “The Walking Dead.”
“You never know how it will go,” he said. “I really do hope it works out because that would be really cool. I like to be in ‘The Walking Dead’ and I like to play video games and just hang out with my friends and try to be as normal as possible so going to college would be another really cool, normal experience in my life. I want for it to work out.”
“Theoretically, I could take one or two classes on campus and maybe an online class,” he continued. “My professors would have to be willing to cooperate. It wouldn’t be easy but I think that could be possible.”
Pressed as to whether he has a contract for “The Walking Dead’s” eighth season, Riggs replied, “I can’t answer that.”
“The Walking Dead” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.
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