The Walking Dead Twitter throws some shade at Carl actor Chandler Riggs after he posts about buying a house. Riggs played Carl Grimes, the son of Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies), beginning with the first season of TWD on AMC. He remained on the show until season 8 when he was killed off after being bitten by a walker, a development that was met with some dismay by fans of the original comic book, who expected the show to adapt more of Carl’s comic arc rather than prematurely end his run.
Though the Carl character was indeed popular with comic book fans, Riggs himself had a somewhat up-and-down relationship with fans of the show thanks to his sometimes grating acting. It certainly didn’t help things that in the show’s timeline Carl was supposed to still be a pre-teen at a point when Riggs himself was entering puberty, a development that opened up an awkward plot hole Riggs himself eventually had to acknowledge. Despite being dropped from the show, Riggs has spoken about his desire to play Carl again, though any return would have to involve a flashback or dream sequence given the decisive way Carl was killed off.
Though Carl is definitely gone from The Walking Dead, the show clearly hasn’t forgotten Riggs. Recently, when Riggs posted about buying a house, the TWD Twitter account zinged the actor with a call back to a running joke from early seasons of the show. See the tweet in the space below:
Doubt you’ll stay in it though 🙄 https://t.co/Yr5jev6cn9— The Walking Dead (@TheWalkingDead) September 4, 2019
The zinger of course references several moments from early in the show’s run when Carl was a young boy and would frequently run away from the adults, putting himself in mortal danger what with all the zombies lurking around. Carl would so often fail to "stay in the house," forcing his panicked parents to go looking for him, that it quickly became a meme (one of many Walking Dead memes to catch on over the years). Riggs himself shot back at TWD Twitter that he only ran off “one time eight years ago,” prompting show creator Robert Kirkman to rush to the actor’s defense by telling the Twitter account to “back off.”
Given the somewhat unceremonious way Riggs was dropped from the show, not to mention rumors that producers weren’t happy with his acting on the series, it’s good to see that he still has a sense of humor about his time on TWD. It remains to be seen if Riggs will ever follow up his stint on the zombie drama with other significant acting roles, but even if he never scores another big part, at least he has a lasting legacy as Carl Grimes – and clearly made enough money from TWD to buy himself a house.
The Walking Dead season 10 premieres October 6, 2019 on AMC.
Source: The Walking Dead