Like any scene in a television show or film, there are often revisions. The Walking Dead is no exception and one of the more controversial and no doubt noteworthy scenes in the series’ eighth season was the reveal that Carl Grimes had been bitten by a walker, which was what would remain with viewers at the halfway point of the season. Carl himself did not officially die until the series returned in February, but it was a major turning point and departure from the comic book, where Carl Grimes is alive and well.
Were Rick Grimes to ever pass on or leave the series, which we now know is actually going to be the case, one would expect that Carl would step into his father’s footsteps and take up the mantle of leadership. And to The Walking Dead’s credit, Carl had grown more and more in a leadership role, even declaring to Michonne that this was his show when he confronted Negan as the Saviors attacked Alexandria. And like Andrew Lincoln’s impending departure from The Walking Dead, there was a sense of disbelief from many in fandom.
After all, it’s the end of a bloodline, as Rick acknowledged that Shane, instead of him, is the real father of Judith. But going back to where we started, scenes go through revisions, and the same applies to Carl, as was revealed by executive producer David Alpert when he spoke with The Huffington Post:
“It’s a constant push-pull up until the day, especially character deaths. We take character deaths incredibly seriously because … obviously we’re not killing the actor. We are, though, losing that actor from our life. Every year, we’re here. The show shoots from May to December basically, so … it’s like letting go of one of your co-workers. You’re no longer seeing them, you’re no longer doing this. It’s a real decision everybody grapples with, so it’s constantly something.”
Alpert also revealed that, like every death, Carl’s death on The Walking Dead and him being bitten when he came to aid Siddiq went through several changes:
“Oh, yeah, but it’s that way with every death honestly. Everything gets looked at a million different ways to make sure we’re trying to give the most amount of respect to the character and to the actor and to the show.”
Chances are fans won’t get to see just what other iterations there were of Carl’s demise on The Walking Dead, but what did you think of how Carl exited the series? And what do you make of Rick Grimes soon to follow? Let us know in the comments below.
The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Alanna Masterson, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Katelyn Nacon, Tom Payne, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Xander Berkeley, Khary Payton, Pollyanna McIntosh, Callan McAuliffe, Avi Nash, and Samantha Morton.
The series will return for its ninth season on October 7, 2018 on AMC.
Source: The Huffington Post