Fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead got the biggest shock in the show’s history in the December mid-season finale, when it was revealed that Rick’s son, Carl, had been bitten by a walker and was dying. Killing Carl is the biggest deviation the show has ever made from its source material, and now the comic book creator himself is telling fans, “Not so fast.”
Robert Kirkman was a guest on the Walker Stalker Cruise this week where he took part in an audience question and answer panel.
Someone in the audience asked Kirkman a question regarding Carl’s demise and that’s when The Walking Dead creator/producer dropped a bombshell.
“He’s not dead yet,” Kirkman teased, before continuing with, “He might not die. You never know.” Wait, what?! Actor Chandler Riggs has already lamented his firing from the show!
Kirkman then speculated about what the loss of Carl would be like for Rick and the rest of the show’s plotlines and characters.
“But I think if, were that to happen, I think that it would have some interesting ramifications on Rick, that I think would energize and really kind of set things in motion in a really interesting way leading to the resolution of All Out War in a way that will make for a very exciting back half to season 8, so I think it’s going to be really cool.”
Carl was clearly bitten in the abdomen by a walker, though, so how in the world could he possibly have survived an injury like that?
One possibility suggested by fans is that Carl wasn’t bitten by a walker at all, but rather a member of the shadowy group called the Whisperers.
In the comic book, the Whisperers are a group that covers themselves in walker flesh and generally behave like the undead, and they feature heavily in the storyline that comes after the defeat of Negan.
We’ll find out Carl’s fate for sure when The Walking Dead returns from hiatus on Sunday, February 25, 2018.