The Walking Dead is now well into season seven, and over the weekend one cast member celebrated by providing fans with some real-world horror. Well, his dad did.

On Friday (November 18) the father of Chandler Riggs – who plays Carl – wrote on Facebook, “7 year contract completed! Grateful to AMC, Cast & Crew, TWD fan base and especially Chandler for always being 100% dedicated. Whether is was getting up at 4 AM, working in the freezing cold past 2 AM, leaving his friends and carefree kiddom behind, scrambling to make up missed schoolwork, he has done it without complaint and always made me proud & amazed to be his dad!”

The post came just a couple of weeks after Riggs announced he’d been accepted into Auburn University in Alabama. Immediately, The Fear hit the fans:

It’s an understandable reaction. From his humble beginnings as a needy kid in a Science Dog t-shirt to the badass, gun-slinging, Negan-scorning ‘Coral’ we know and love today, Riggs has become one of the series’ most interesting actors, and fans don’t want to see him go.

So has Chandler Riggs himself done anything to assuage their fears? No. He’s posted a picture of himself holding both the new Pokémon 3DS games in his car.

What about his parents? Well, his dad has now deleted that Facebook post after it got picked up by news outlets. But his mum has been slightly more helpful, replying to an Instagram comment left by a fan asking about his ‘departure’. “Don’t over analyze,” she wrote. “His seven year contract is up. That’s all he was saying, nothing else. Pretty big accomplishment for a child actor (and for the parent who had to quit his job for this child to be able to follow his dream).”

So yeah, that doesn’t really clear the matter up either, but we can assume from that reaction that he’ll just renew his contract and keep his studies going alongside shooting the show, because The Walking Dead is shot in Atlanta, just a couple of hours from Auburn. So have no fear: Coral’s here to stay.