Are we about to say goodbye to another?
We're sure to see more tributes to Chandler Riggs over the next few days as The Walking Dead Family gets a chance to see episode 809 and see Riggs' final performance as Carl. When we first met Carl he thought his father, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), was dead. Carl dreams of a future where enemies lay down their guns and live and work together.
We see Rick crying again, before jumping ahead to heavenly Alexandria's future with Eugene as one of the good guys again?!?! Carl tells Judith she has honor. We have seen Rick injured in the past, but have we ever seen him this injured, series-opening coma aside? The last shot of the midseason premiere was a wider look at this scene, with Rick sitting in the grass under a tree where two pieces of stained glass hang from the branches. Then we watched him get shot while admiring a gorgeous deer in the woods the way any little boy would if given the opportunity. And most, of all, Carl bonding with his father "Thanks for getting me here", he said. "But if you want to hold on to what made the show special, you've got to be very careful what you do with those people". Carl may be dying, but it sounds like he'll get much more of a goodbye on the show than Glenn or Abraham or any of the others who died brutal deaths with little warning. (It wasn't). But for what's it's worth, at least "The Walking Dead" writers didn't allow his demise to be meaningless.
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For what it's worth, speaking with THR to support his upcoming comic Oblivion Song, Walking Dead co-creator Kirkman cautioned fans to not panic too much at the sight of Rick's battered form at the end of the midseason premiere. What was your final day on The Walking Dead like? "That's not an intention there". "Carl's presence is felt very deeply throughout the story", he said. In the show, Rick suffers delusions in the wake of Lori's death-a death "Honor" is keen to bring up again. There's certainly a lot of story to tell without that central character. But as with past moments that have felt like fake-outs and misdirection, the producers would be advised not to be too coy about it for too long, lest they undermine an episode that, until that closing scene, felt as if it had gone a long way toward steering AMC's flagship series back onto the right course.
She teased: "I absolutely think that the Alexandrians have it in them to defeat Negan". The actor's contract expired with the end of season eight and sources tell THR that all but Lauren Cohan have resigned for the previously announced season nine (and beyond).
Back in the sewer: Rick is going to stay with Carl while everyone else heads to the Hilltop. While the entire episode centers around Carl telling Rick he can't just kill every single Savior if he wants there to be anything left for after, it feels like a huge disconnect to have the leader who orchestrated the deaths of Rick's friends just casually wandering about.