‘The Walking Dead’ Creator Shares Thoughts On Show’s Decision To Kill Major Character

Walking DeadThe mid-season finale of The Walking Dead stunned audiences and readers alike when the final moments of the episode revealed that Carl Grimes had been bitten by a walker. The character’s imminent death was unexpected largely because Carl is currently alive in the comic series, where the storyline has long since passed the events currently being adapted for the series. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman shared his own thoughts on the decision to kill Carl and addressed how the character’s exit will affect future storylines in the series.

Kirkman revealed his initial reaction when showrunner Scott Gimple proposed the possibility of killing Carl:

“I think Scott first brought it up to me as a possibility probably about a year ago at this point. At first, I was kind of like, ‘Well, that’s a big one, you know?’ I might have had a little bit of trepidation. But once he laid out to me exactly what his long-term plans were, and the things that come out of it, and the things that it leads to, it was something I got on board with.”

Of course, many fans are upset about the decision, which Kirkman noted is “by design” and acknowledged that the producers are now tasked with proving that it was the right creative choice:

“I know that some fans online have been very upset, but that’s by design. We’re not supposed to be happy when these characters die. We are supposed to be worried about what comes next, and anticipating what comes next, and stressing about what comes next. That just shows that you’re engaged and you’re interested. Our job is to now pay that off and fulfill that interest, and prove that this was a decision worth making. That’s what we’ve got to do.”

Fans who are concerned that Carl’s death will dramatically alter future storylines on the series need not worry, according to Kirkman:

“There are big, huge stories coming up that you might think will be massively altered because of the absence of Carl, but we have known these story lines have been coming for years. There are plans in place to make it all work. The loss of Carl doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re going to be losing big swaths of the comic book story. It means that there will be some differences to them. The goal is that those differences will be as exciting to the audience as they are to me.”

Are you excited to see how the series will move forward without Carl Grimes? Share your thoughts below!

The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Sonequa Martin-Green, Alanna Masterson, Christian Serratos, Josh McDermitt, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Austin Nichols, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Tom Payne, Austin Amelio, Xander Berkeley, Pollyanna McIntosh, Steven Ogg, and Katelyn Nacon.

The Walking Dead returns on Sunday, February 25 at 9:00 pm on AMC.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Top 10 Superhero Films & Shows We Are Excited For In 2018

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10 Most Anticipated Events Of 2018 In Comic Book EntertainmentIt seems that with each passing year, the Heroic Age of Hollywood continues to prosper through numerous mediums. Of course, comic book movies continue to dominate at the box office and 2018 will certainly be no different, but the colorful heroes and villains found in the panels of our favorite comic books and graphic novels have also fared pretty well in the television and video game mediums.

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