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The Walking Dead fans were up in arms over the news that Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) was to be written out of the hit show after the revelation in the mid-season finale that he’d been by a zombie.
But it might not be curtains for one-eyed warrior Carl after all, with Robert Kirkman – an executive producer on the show and the co-creator of The Walking Dead comic books – hinting that the character could still have some distance left to run.
Speaking at a panel event last week, Kirkman said: “He’s not dead yet. He might not die. You never know.
“But I think if, were that to happen, I think that it would have some interesting ramifications on Rick [Carl’s father, played by Andrew Lincoln] that I think would energise and really kind of set things in motion in a really interesting way.”
Carls fans shouldn’t get their hopes up just yet though. In a recent interview, Riggs seemed to confirm his character’s fate when the show returns later this month.
“Carl is going to die,” the actor said. “There’s no way he can get back from that. His story is definitely coming to an end.”
It is thought, however, that Carl may make cameo appearances in flashback scenes later in the season.
“You’ll see bits and pieces and memories of Carl throughout the second half,” Riggs said.
The Walking Dead returns to AMC on Sunday 25 February in the US and will follow a day later on FOX UK.