‘Walking Dead’ showrunner confirms that midseason finale character death isn’t a fake out

Major, major spoilers ahead

The midseason finale of ‘The Walking Dead’ season eight killed off one of the show’s most iconic characters and one of the showrunners wants you to know that this isn’t a fake-out.

The episode that aired yesterday (Sunday, December 10) ended with long-time ‘Walking Dead’ survivor Carl Grimes getting a chunk bitten out of his ribs from a walker. In any other circumstance, this would be a mortal wound but after the show’s reputation for faking-out death scenes, fans are dubious that the Grimes Jr is actually dead, reports Consequence of Sound.

However, showrunner Scott M. Gimple appeared on the ‘Talking Dead’ to say that Carl’s injury “will play out as bites play out on the show. It’s very important to Carl’s story and the entire story, what happens in the next episode. I’m just focused on the fact that Carl right now is alive and he has some business to attend to”.

“That is a one-way ticket,” Gimple continued. “But I’d like to think that the things we see in the next episode are so important to his life and the other characters’ lives.”

Speaking to Hollywood Reporter, Carl Grimes actor Chandler Riggs said of his impending exit: “It ended up being a great thing because now I get to do all kinds of other stuff that I haven’t been able to do in the last eight years”.

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Meanwhile, ‘The Walking Dead; has been experiencing a heavy drop-off in audience numbers, with one episode this season slumping to the show’s lowest audience rating in the US for an episode since its second season.