The Season Eight mid-season finale of The Walking Dead had more fans than usual throwing their remotes through their television screens in fits of rage. The franchise which built its legacy by toying with viewers’ emotional connections to characters may have gone too far when it abruptly killed off Chandler Riggs’ Carl… a young man who is still alive and well in the comic series upon which the show is based. In the series’ relentless quest to shock its viewers in search of those sweet, sweet ratings, this latest stunt didn’t exactly achieve the same level of interest as all of those “Negan clobberings” of yesteryear. And it turns out that fans aren’t the only ones who feel bad about this recent development!
In a new interview Norman Reedus recently told Entertainment Weekly that he was “desperately unhappy” about Carl’s death. Like most viewers, he also figured that the series would eventually shift its focus on Riggs’ character as he grew from a naive boy to a rugged man. To make matters worse, Reedus’ reaction stems from the close relationship he forged with Riggs over years of shooting the hit show! Here’s the entirety of what Reedus had to say:
“I was desperately unhappy about that. I’ve seen Chandler grow up from a little boy. I’ve known that kid so long, and it always hurts when you lose a family member on the show. Chandler is definitely a family member to me. I was not happy about it. I always thought Chandler would be the last man standing, to be honest.”
Those are some strong words coming from an actor who has seen his co-stars drop around him like flies over the years! There’s no denying that Carl struck a special chord with performers and fans alike. Perhaps the showrunners will be more careful in the future when in search of their next stunt!
The Walking Dead Season Eight mid-season premiere will air on AMC on February 25th, 2018. Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more details on the entire Dead universe as soon as they break!