Carl Grimes

Here we are, our last regular member of The Walking Dead cast: the little Carl Grimes, portrayed in the show by Chandler Riggs. In the tv series, he’s grown up from being a normal child (as normal as any child can be in the middle of apocalypse) to be one of the willing shooters and defenders of the little group of survivors led by his father. During Season 3, some traumatic events he’s gone through promise a further evolution of the character. Who, in the comics, has already evolved pretty much (warning: there may be some spoilers ahead).

Carl Grimes is the beloved son of Rick and Lori Grimes, a son who is truly the fruit of the couple’s love. He grew up with his parents in CynthianaKentucky, and often suffered because of the absence of his father, who he adored. Rick became Carl’s life model since his first childhood, and he started dreaming of becoming a sheriff like him once grown up. When Rick was shot during a car chase and fell into a coma, the event deeply shocked Carl, who was only seven and had suddenly to realize that his hero wasn’t invincible as he thought him to be. Along with Lori, he stayed at his father’s bedside, but their vigil could last little: a few days after Rick was wounded, a strange desease started spreading all over the city, and the dead rose from their graves to hunt for the living. Shane Walsh, Rick’s partner, took both Lori and Carl with him, willing to protect them in memory of his (believed) dead friend. The trio tried to go to AtlantaGeorgia, where the authorities had prepared a reception centre for the refugee population. The big city was already overrun by zombies, and the army failed to contain the walkers, so Shane took Lori and Carl to a nearby camp, formed by a small group gathered around Dale Horvat‘s van. In the period spent in the camp, Carl started to dislike Shane, despite him being his savior, since he noticed the attentions of the man towards Lori. He also met Sophia Peletier, a girl almost his age, who became his “childhood girlfriend”; the two spent a lot of time together, under the surveilance of the women of the group, especially Andrea, who became Carl’s friend. Carl developed a deep bond with his mother, and the two often consoled one another in many situations.

When Glenn, the group’s scavenger, came back from Atlanta with an alive Rick, Carl finally saw his family reunited. His coldness towards Shane became even harsher, since he saw that Shane was now seeing his former partner as a rival to Lori’s attentions, despite the two had spent just a night together. Even if he was just a child, Rick, along with Shane, decided to teach Carl how to shoot, realizing that, in a world crowded with blood-thirsty zombies, it was indispensable to be able to protect oneself and the others. Carl proved to be a skilled shooter, and rapidly learnt to master guns and rifles. He proved his skills by saving Lori from a zombie, shooting it in the head from quite a distance. He also had to protect his father, when Shane, gone mad, tried to kill him: having followed the two men who were fighting, Carl saved Rick, and shot Shane in the neck, having him drown in his own blood. This event made Rick understand how much Carl had grown up, surely before time, and made him see him under a new light; the same happened with Carl towards Rick, but in a worse way: when the camp ended up being attacked and destroyed by walkers, resulting in many casualties between the survivors, the boy started to blame his father for his friends’ death, and started to believe that Rick was too weak to guide the group. The survivors, anyway, was forced to move, and faced many new threats, which costed them other casualties. Carl himself faced many desperate situations, and came close to be killed twice, every time by humans: when he was shot by Otis, a farmer who took him for a zombie, an occasion in which he was saved by Hershel Greene; and when he was shot in the head by Douglas Monroe, the leader of Alexandria Safe-Zone, a near fatal wound that took away his right eye and a piece of his face, and that didn’t kill him just because of the immediate intervention of doctor Denise Cloyd.

Carl Grimes is the normal child for an abnormal situation: hardened by his continuous experiences with death, he tries to hide his childhood to face the world as an adult would do. Serious and almost emotionless in presence of others, he cries every night for what he saw and what he was forced to do in desperate situations. With his father not being a guidance for him anymore, Carl is alone in a hostile environment, desperately aware of having only himself to rely upon.

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  1. […] she made it to her office, Denise was reached by Rick, who brought her another emergency: his son, Carl, had been accidentally shot in the head, and was dying. Denise frantically operated on Carl, while […]

  2. […] Scavengers, The Saviors, targeted the Safe-Zone: during one of the many fights, Rick’s son Carl went missing, taken hostage by the Saviors’ leader Negan. When Rick made finding his son a […]

  3. […] inquired on the reason, she told him Rick was just asking for Ron to come over his house to see Carl, his son. Pete didn’t believe it for a moment, but let it go. Later that afternoon, Rick came […]

  4. […] at least until the arrival of a new group. The very first day, one of the newcomers, a child named Carl Grimes, had a fight with Mikey, and upon hearing his son’s complaints, Nicholas angrily went to […]

  5. […] one of the many characters introduced in Remember, the last episode of The Walking Dead. When Carl Grimes meets some of his peers from Alexandria Safe-Zone, in the trio that invites him to play with them […]

  6. […] (it’ll take a while to see them all). Let’s start from the youngest: in Remember, when Carl Grimes is trying to get his normal life back, he’s greeted by a kid from Alexandria Safe-Zone, […]

  7. […] was a psychopath, and had killed his twin brother Billy, only to be killed in turn by Carl Grimes while the adults were discussing what to do with him. Gabriel officiated the funerals, and led the […]

  8. […] ended up hitting Rick, back in Cynthiana to scavenge some supplies and weapons along with his son Carl and his right-hand man Abraham, with a shovel. Before killing him, anyway, he recognized his old […]

  9. […] care. She became some sort of older sister for the four children present at the campsite: Carl Grimes, son of Lori and of her missing husband Rick, Sophia, daughter of Carol Peletier and her […]

  10. […] two partners went along very well, and Shane was introduced to Rick’s wife, Lori, and son, Carl, becoming a very good friend for the woman too and some sort of uncle for the kid. In a day like […]

  11. […] of vacation; he spent all of his time playing with his brother and his new friends, especially Carl Grimes, a boy older than him that he looked to as to an older brother. At the group’s campsite, Ben […]

  12. […] shelter at Hershel’s place with his girlfriend Patricia, brought to the farm a wounded boy, Carl Grimes, who he shot by mistake (he took the boy for a zombie). Since Hershel was a doctor (sort of, a […]

  13. […] accompanied by a horse and armed with an axe: it was Rick Grimes, husband to Lori and father to Carl, two survivors from Glenn’s group. The boy managed to save Rick and to bring him to safety, […]

  14. […] after. Rick became Sheriff’s Deputy, and Lori remained a housewife: when they had a son, Carl, the boy became the center of Lori’s life. Lori also became close friend of Shane Walsh, […]

  15. […] Glenn, Jim, Carol and her daughter Sophia, the police officer Shane alongside Lori and Carl, wife and son of his (believed) dead partner. Andrea, along with Amy, cared for the group’s […]

  16. […] that Hershel and his family met Rick Grimes and his group: while hunting, Otis mistakenly shot Carl, who was brought to the farm. Thanks to his experience with animals, Hershel was able to treat him, […]

  17. […] as he always dreamt of, and married Lori soon after. The two of them had a beautiful child, Carl, and Rick’s career in police was promising. Rick also became friends with Shane Walsh, the […]

  18. […] Things didn’t go better when Grimes decided to move only when his own son, Carl, was taken prisoner by the leader of The Whisperers, Alpha. Apparently, the leader of the […]

  19. […] day she invited some of her classmates to her house (among these there was also the boy she liked, Carl Grimes, and his best friend Mikey). Seeking attention and popularity, she bared her breast in front of […]

  20. […] During the following days, Rick questioned him repeatedly on his intentions, until his son, Carl, convinced him that Paul plainly wasn’t such a bad guy; eventually, the two men came to a […]

  21. […] however, Negan found out that along with the supplies there was also an unexpected guest: Carl Grimes, Rick’s son, who had hidden on the truck in order to kill Negan…something that he […]

  22. […] a noise coming from down the road, and he rushed there with his horse…only to find Rick and Carl Grimes attacked by walkers on their way to Hilltop Colony. Rick, crippled during his last fight […]

  23. […] resources: David, portrayed by Martinez. He’s the one threated at gun-point by Carl, but he’s also the one who shows quite a disturbing interest for young Enid…and the […]

  24. […] to The Walking Dead again, to see who else joined the ever-expanding cast. In Sing Me a Song, Carl does something incredibly stupid and infiltrates The Sanctuary to try and kill Negan on his […]

  25. […] with The Walking Dead, same episode, different character. As the final part to Carl‘s horror tour of The Sanctuary, in Sing Me a Song we witness Negan inflicting a severe […]

  26. […] one of the residents who didn’t accept the “deal”, actually just a kid named Carl, infiltrated The Sanctuary and tried to kill Negan. Despite managing to kill a couple of Saviors, […]

  27. […] to Duane to eat them. Months later, Rick came back to Cynthiana, this time accompanied by his son Carl and his friend Abraham: the trio found a deranged Morgan, as well as the zombified Duane. Rick […]


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