Following The Walking Dead’s midseason finale, a few family members of a cast member seem to be little unhappy with its result.
With Carl Grimes being written out of The Walking Dead, Chandler Riggs is out of a job after dedicating eight years of his life to the AMC series. Riggs’ father, William Riggs took to Facebook and shared his reaction and targeted showrunner, Scott Gimple.
“Watching Gimple fire my son two weeks before his 18th birthday after telling him they wanted him for the next three years was disappointing,” Riggs wrote. “I never trusted Gimple or AMC, but Chandler did. I know how much it hurt him. But we do know how lucky we have been to be a part of it all and appreciate all the love from fans all these years!”
Riggs wants the AMC series well in the months which will follow his son’s involvement. “I hope the show keeps doing well! I do plan to keep doing tours monthly,” Riggs wrote in another comment. “I cut back on tours only because I teach high school full-time again.”
The comments came on Riggs’ Facebook page, “Chandler Riggs’ Dad’s Zombie Roadtrip Riggs’ Tours & Autographs.” A conversation started after Riggs had posted a link to an interview with Chandler speaking about his departure from The Walking Dead.
Rick Grimes actor, Andrew Lincoln had opened up about the departure of Riggs in an interview with ComicBook.com. “This was the hardest… Losing Steven was… the thought of the journey without Steven in the cast was unbearable but this is… I didn’t see it coming,” Lincoln said. “This is bigger than any other death that we’ve ever had, and we realize that as it plays out in the back eight,” Lincoln said. “The back eight is completely different from the front eight. This episode happens, and everything changes. We spin off into a completely different new world.”
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