The Walking Dead cast has always described themselves as a family. So when a character dies, they have a strong reaction. Chandler Riggs‘ character Carl Grimes is the latest zombie bite victim. Andrew Lincoln wrote him a song. Fans are still posting tributes on Twitter. His co-stars, past and present took to social media to thank Chandler for his hard work and dedication to the show, and to wish him luck for the future. Check out the posts from some of the cast of The Walking Dead after last night’s episode.
SPOILER (for the six people that are somehow in the dark… and get news from Instagram?) @chandlerriggs5 man…. what a pleasure. Not only getting to work with you… but, getting to know you. You, my friend, are an incredible young man. Well before joining this cast I was a fan… a fan that loved watching you grow up in front of a camera. From the moment you first put on the way too large sheriffs hat as a boy… to the end, the hat so befitting of the man Carl had become. Wiser and more compassionate than all of us. You held all of our hearts. Honestly… a huge reason I wanted so badly to join this band of misfits… was because I was such a fan of the Negan Carl relationship in the comics… that storyline was one of my favorites, as I know it was one of yours. I’ll forever be dissaponted we only scratched the surface of what could have been. BUT… I can take total solace in the fact that you are out there… doing your thing. You’ve grown into an amazing young man as well as a powerful actor… the world is your oyster Riggs. We all get to sit back and watch you kill it. So.. know you are missed on the show… but know you have a big ole group of family all here for you if needed… and eagerly awaiting whatever comes next. Love you Riggs. See you soon.
I'm certain I've never felt such a mix of surreal and real at the same time #TheWalkingDead #Carl #RickGrimes #ChandlerRiggs #AndyLincoln oh, the heart. #Beautiful and #Heartbreaking pic.twitter.com/tKij4PpwxI
— Melissa McBride (@mcbridemelissa) February 26, 2018
— Khary Payton (@kharypayton) February 25, 2018
— The Walking Dead World (@TWalkingDWorld) February 26, 2018
— The Walking Dead AMC (@WalkingDead_AMC) February 25, 2018
Notably, Danai Gurira has not posted a message. On Talking Dead, Chandler said that she took his departure the hardest. Chandler had a lot of great things to say about his experience of growing up on television. Here is his farewell message to the fans of The Walking Dead and Carl Grimes.
this is from around may 2010, when i first took on the role of carl-it was also the first image published announcing me as a part of the cast. since then, you have given me this incredible opportunity to help tell a story that impacts people in so many ways. you gave me an opportunity to do what i love to do. so thank you, for letting me pursue my dream and continue to make you angry, sad, happy, and everything in between. i won’t let you down.
Chandler is already doing great things outside of TWD. He is a DJ, goes by the name Eclipse, and he already has music out on Soundcloud. He is also performing at venue, mostly in California. Whatever he does, we know he will do well. Thank you Chandler Riggs for being the heart of The Walking Dead. You will be missed!
The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights on AMC.
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