The actor's father lashed out at showrunner Scott Gimple, as did several fans, and even Norman Reedus aka Daryl Dixon, as they all voiced their disappointment. However, as we gear for Carl's death when the AMC series resumes tonight, Riggs has made it clear he's at peace with his character's fate.
"I was very happy with the way Carl ended up going out," Riggs said to ComicBook.com. "After reading the script, it made me feel a lot more comfortable with it and really excited to really show off what I can do in this last episode. This last episode it was some of the stuff that I'm most proud of. It's super, super exciting to finally be able to talk about it and have people see my work."
Carl's bite was revealed while trying to help innocents escape in the previous episode titled "How It's Gotta Be," and he made the shocking revelation to his dad, Rick (Andrew Lincoln), and Michonne (Danai Gurira). "I joke about it, but I'm not really bitter about it," Riggs added, having been with the show as an eight year-old since the Image Comics adaptation debuted in 2010. As fate would have it, now he won't see out the mission to stop Negan and his vicious Saviors.
"It's more like an innocent way to go out. That's kind of what Carl is really embodying in these last two episodes and really just kind of sums up Carl as a whole and proves that he knows that there is something after the war, it's not just killing and killing and killing and killing. There's got to be some sort of hope for Judith and for Maggie's baby and everyone."
Returning tonight, AMC’s The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Lauren Cohan as Maggie Rhee, Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes, Danai Gurira as Michonne, Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier, Lennie James as Morgan Jones, Alanna Masterson as Tara Chambler, Josh McDermitt as Eugene Porter, Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa and Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan.