"Once he laid out to me exactly what his long-term plans were, and the things that come out of it, and the things that it leads to, it was something I got on board with".
Kirkman wasn't surprised by the reaction to Carl's upcoming death.
However, the character is one of the few remaining that has been around since the show's very first episode, so his looming demise does affect the show moving forward.
Kirkman agreed with that statement and added that Riggs gives an incredible performance in his final episode. That's right, Carl's days are numbered, and with talk that he'll bow out of The Walking Dead late next month - February 25th, to be specific - Robert Kirkman assured fans that they'll soon have the chance to make peace with what is arguably the show's biggest death yet.
Kirkman acknowledged that Carl's departure will cause a ripple of changes in the show because Carl remains an instrumental character in the comics. It's something he should really be proud of.
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When Frank Darabont was sacked as the original showrunner of The Walking Dead back in 2011, there was some speculation that it was because Robert Kirkman - the show's creator and the author of the graphic novels - was concerned that Darabont would stray too far from the source material. We are supposed to be anxious about what comes next, and anticipating what comes next, and stressing about what comes next. That's what we've got to do.
"The people that started this show, to me, are the heart of the show", Reedus told Entertainment Weekly. "But we have known these story lines have been coming for years".
But with Carl gone, will another teenager emerge or will Lydia be made to be older? The loss of Carl doesn't necessarily mean that we're going to be losing big swaths of the comic book story. There aren't many opportunities to cross the two shows over, given that they are set in different parts of the country and, by and large, different time periods after the Apocalypse.
Fear the Walking Dead premiered in 2016 as a prequel and companion show to AMC's popular The Walking Dead series.