Chandler Riggs’ father, William, blasted AMC for the writing of his son from “The Walking Dead.”
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WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS OF SEASON 8 OF ” THE WALKING DEAD.”
The father of “The Walking Dead” star Chandler Riggs, who plays Carl Grimes on the zombie drama, beat AMC and the show writer/producer Scott M. Gimple for the killing of his son’s character.
On Sunday, during the show is the season eight finale, it was confirmed that Carl was bitten by a walker-a typical death penalty on the show. Riggs also confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that his character will die. Riggs, 18, is at the show since its first season and was cast to play Carl when he was 11 years old.
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Riggs’ father, William Riggs, took to Facebook to destroy AMC and Gimple for “shooting” his son “, two weeks before his 18th birthday.”
“Look Gimple fire my son 2 weeks before his 18th birthday after telling him, she wanted him for the next 3 years was disappointing,” William Riggs wrote. “I never trusted Gimple or AMC, but Chandler has. I know how much it hurt him. But we do absolutely know how fortunate we are to be a part of it all and appreciate all of the love from the fans all these years!”
The teen TV star told The Hollywood Reporter that his character was killed because of the storyline and the decision was not his own. However, in “The Walking Dead” comic books that the show is based on Carl is still one of the main character, The Wrap reported.
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“Leaving ‘Walking Dead’ wasn’t my decision,” Riggs said. It was all story-related. It is logical story-wise to make it happen for Rick and Michonne and all the other characters.”
Andrew Lincoln, who portrays Rick Grimes, Carl’s father on the hit program, told The Hollywood Reporter that he was shocked to learn Riggs’ character would be killed.
“Scott Gimple called me and said, ‘You’re going to hate this.’ He is very good about alerting the cast when a (sign) of the dead,” Lincoln said. “I did not speak for a minute. I always thought that Carl was going to have to be the one who led the show to the front; that Rick would hand over his boots, and revolver, then he walked off into the sunset in Season 28.”