Tonight’s episode of Talking Dead is starting a little bit later than usual in 10:23 p.m. Eastern time, though there is a pretty particular reason for that — it’s a longer episode. It’s also a critical episode. We don’t quite think anyone out there is going to be over what happens with Chandler Riggs’ and his character of Carl for quite some time.
It obviously makes a good degree of sense for Riggs to be one of the guests on the show tonight at the conclusion of “Honor”– given the importance of Carl on the series overall, it’d be a travesty to not hear from the actor about what happened to the character. To go along with that, executive producer Greg Nicotero is going to be present to help talk things out in terms of what transpires during the episode. This could be a touchier Talking Dead than usual and it could prove somewhat interesting seeing just how Chris Hardwick and the guests navigate some of this. Showrunner Scott M. Gimple in particular has been the subject of a tremendous amount of blow-back when it comes to the decision to kill off Carl, a character who does not die at this point in the comics.
If anyone can handle the trickiness of this situation, it’s probably Hardwick. We’re sure that Riggs will share some of his memories of Carl alongside what it was like working on this episode. There will probably be a little bit of a conversation as to what comes next. Tonight, Talking Dead may very well be zombie therapy for many people checking out the series — we’ll all get through it together, people! (We should not that we also want there to be some sort of tribute video where Walking Dead cast members past and present offer up some comments to Riggs about his time on the show.)
We should note here that as of a couple of weeks ago, it felt appropriate to lambaste AMC a little for their lack of promotion on the Carl storyline. Since that time, they’ve turned that around. Good on them for doing so.
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