(WARNING: Spoilers for The Walking Dead season 8 mid-season finale ahead)
Fans of AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead are used to surprises from the show’s writers. Whether it be a big death, a sudden disappearance, or even a reappearance, Scott Gimple and gang are known to throw the audience a curveball from time-to-time. So the big reveal to come out of last Sunday’s season 8 mid-season finale, while certainly shocking, was expected by viewers who knew something was coming but had no idea to whom. Popular spoilers website The Walking Dead Fans is normally the first to break the news on big deaths and plot points weeks (and sometimes months) before they are televised. So why were they mum on this big character’s death? That’ll happen when when Carl himself, Chandler Riggs, reaches out to personally appeal to their good nature and not leak his character’s demise.