Carl Grimes

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Name: Carl Grimes
Relationships: Rick Grimes (father), Lori Grimes (mother), Judith Grimes (sister), Michonne (step-mother)
Fandom: The Walking Dead
Other: played by Chandler Riggs
"painting of a head and shoulders portrait of a child Carl in the oversized sheriff's hat on a soft green background, text reads 'I Had To Kill My Mother'"
Carl Grimes by orjel (2013)
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Carl Grimes is a fictional character from the comic book series The Walking Dead and is portrayed by Chandler Riggs in the AMC television series of the same name.

In more ways then one Carl is the "John Connor" of the series, the human guinea pig that we're watching be moulded by the zombie apocalypse more so then any other character. He's not just a character; he's a statement about how this world changes what it means to be human when your morals and views were not developed like the adults were before things went to shit.[1]


TV Series

At the beginning of the series Carl lives with his mother Lori at the Atlanta quarry camp. Rick reunites with his family at the camp. At the beginning of Season 2 Carl is accidentally shot, he is taken to Herschel Greene's farm. Herschel operates and Carl recovers. After they leave the farm Carl helps the group clear the prison for habitation. Lori dies during childbirth and Carl must put her down to prevent her from becoming a walker. After the prison falls Carl, Rick and Michonne travel together, they are taken by the Claimers who insinuate that they are going to rape Carl. Rick kills their leader Joe and the other members of the group. At Terminus they are captured by a group of Cannibals. With the help of Carol the group escapes Terminus. The group is accepted into the community of Alexandria, when it is overrun by a herd of walkers Carl is shot in the eye, by Ron Anderson who blames Rick for the loss of his family. After Negan kills Glenn and Abraham becoming overlord of the group Carl goes on a mission to kill Negan, but is unsuccessful. At the beginning of Season 8 Carl is left to defend Alexandria as All Out War begins. Carl dies in Season 8 after getting bit by a walker.




Common Tropes in Fanworks



  • He is sometimes referred to as The Kid in fanworks, after he was called that by Gareth in Season 4, Episode 16
  • Carl was a member of the Atlanta Five
  • Old Man Carl Theory: fan theory about Carl's possible future, debunked on the television series


  • Attempted Rape: Near the end of Season 4 Rick's group is overtaken by the Claimers and one of the Claimers pins Carl down and insinuates that they are going to rape him.[3] Aside from the disturbing content many fans were disappointed that the show never dealt with the aftermath. They never showed how Carl was effected or if any of his family members attempted to help him deal with his possible trauma.[4][5]
  • Death: Many fans were upset with the showrunner's decision to kill Carl in the television series, especially since he is still alive and an essential character in the comic book series[6]


Last man standing: Old man Carl by M.J. Hiblen, fan art of a mature Carl Crimes, connected to the Old Man Carl Theory

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