SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for “No Way Out,” the last episode of “The Walking Dead.”
“No Way Out,” the latest episode of “The Walking Dead,” was a pretty big deal for Carl Grimes and comic book fans alike: during one pinnacle moment, Carl was shot in the face and lost his eye, just like his comic book counterpart. Now, Chandler Riggs has opened up about what that means for Carl, how it affects his relationships with other characters, Negan’s looming threat and more.
“It’s been kind of hard to manage [filming with one eye],” he told the Huffington Post. “You get used to it after a while, but the hardest thing is losing depth perception, just ’cause I can’t tell if a bug is like right next to my face or all the way across the room. But it’s definitely manageable, and it helps me with my character because obviously the character can’t see with one eye, so I can’t see.”
As to whether or not Carl will rock an eye patch, he added, “I think the wound is too big for an eye patch. I think for a while we’re going to stick to the bandage.”
When it comes to the rest of season six, he explained, “It’s going to be a lot different. Episode 10 is definitely interesting. It was really weird reading the script. It’s so different from Episode 9. I’m excited for you guys to see it.”
He also promised that Negan will be just as terrifying on the show as he was in the comics. “Like in the comic, it’s very frighting,” he shared. “He’s a huge annoyance to everyone because he’ll just take all your stuff. I feel like it’s going to be the same way for the show. He’s just going to be annoying because there’s nothing you can do to stop him, and he’ll gladly kill anyone.”
He also told TV Guide how the injury will affect Carl’s personality. “In the comics, it was a big turning point for my character, so I suspect that in the show it’ll be a big turning point for my character, too,” he said. “It’ll make him more hardened and tough, hopefully.
He didn’t offer too much detail about how it will impact Carl’s relationship with Enid, but he did tease, “I can’t really say much, but, again, they see the world a lot differently now than they used to. They used to be pretty alike and could relate to each other pretty easily, but now after their adventures and experiences, these things that they’ve gone through have changed them a lot. So they definitely view the world a lot differently now.”