The highly anticipated mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead
season 8 also marks the end for one of its cast members. Chandler Riggs, who has played Carl since the beginning of the show eight years ago, will be leaving the AMC series but his departure will not be in vain.
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In case you need a refresher, Carl was revealed to have been bitten by a zombie during the December 10 mid-season finale -- signifying his inevitable death. Despite the predictable outcome, Riggs reveals that his character's final moments on the show will pack a punch.
"Well, it is gonna be some of Carl's final moments in the next episode. And though you can see that the story is coming to an end, he does have a lot to say because he's been watching Rick over the last however many years, and has been learning from him and seeing every mistake that he's made and every right decision," Riggs told Entertainment Weekly
. "And he's turned out to be a really well-shaped leader -- kind of suited for this world and an icon for the new age. And so Carl's just really going to be trying to teach Rick as much as he can."
"Yeah, he's definitely leaving behind a really long-lasting legacy, which was the coolest part about playing those final moments -- knowing that Carl was going to have such a lasting impact on the story," he added.
Riggs practically grew up with the cast and crew since he came on The Walking Dead at the age of 10. Not surprisingly, filming his final scenes was emotional and bittersweet.
"You know, it was obviously really emotional with all of the cast and all the crew, because I've had such an awesome experience working on the show for eight years. And it's definitely been such an awesome ride and I'm super, super happy to have had this opportunity. And though it was a sad time on the set, it helps that they had such a positive outlook on it because of how bittersweet it was, for me, because it was just quite the shock to hear the news," he said.
"It was a weird kind of goodbye in that I now get to do all these other things and have so many more opportunities, but it was also kind of bitter because I have worked with these people for so long. And it's really a family atmosphere," Riggs added.
Will you miss Carl? How do you think the show will change with him gone?
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