Carl Grimes

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Carl Grimes
The Walking Dead character
Carl Grimes2 (Comic Series).png
Carl Grimes. Art by Charlie Adlard.
First appearanceIssue #2 (comics)
"Days Gone Bye" (TV series)
Created byRobert Kirkman
Tony Moore
Charlie Adlard
Portrayed byChandler Riggs
Information
RelativesFather: Rick Grimes
Mother: Lori Grimes
Sister: Judith Grimes
 
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Carl Grimes
The Walking Dead character
Carl Grimes2 (Comic Series).png
Carl Grimes. Art by Charlie Adlard.
First appearanceIssue #2 (comics)
"Days Gone Bye" (TV series)
Created byRobert Kirkman
Tony Moore
Charlie Adlard
Portrayed byChandler Riggs
Information
RelativesFather: Rick Grimes
Mother: Lori Grimes
Sister: Judith Grimes

Carl Grimes is a fictional character from the comic book series The Walking Dead and is portrayed by Chandler Riggs in the American television series of the same name.

In the comic series, Carl begins as a normal and innocent child, but as the events of the new world order force him to grow up, he becomes colder and competently makes sometimes brash decisions for the good of his group of friends. He is one of the longest living survivors since the series launched, alongside Rick, Andrea, Maggie, and Sophia.

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Comic series

Carl is the son of deputy sheriff Rick Grimes and his wife, Lori Grimes. When the dead rise, Lori takes Carl to a purported safe zone in Atlanta, Georgia, along with Rick's partner, Shane Walsh. Lori and Carl join a group of survivors on the outskirts of Atlanta, formed and led by Shane. There, they are eventually reunited with Rick. Despite being only seven years old, Carl is taught to shoot a pistol. This comes in handy when Carl saves his mother from an attacking walker. Later, Carl is forced to kill an unstable Shane in order to protect his father.[1]

After the group buries Shane and leaves Atlanta, Carl is shot and wounded by a ranch foreman named Otis while searching for supplies in the woods. The survivors are brought to the farm of Otis' employer, veterinarian Hershel Greene, who successfully treats Carl. The group remains at the farm for several days until tensions cause Hershel to evict them.[2]

They eventually find an abandoned prison. While there, Carl and the others enjoy the prison's luxuries, such as hot showers and open space. He is confronted with disturbing experiences, such as witnessing numerous counts of violence/death. While Rick was away with other survivors, he frequently gave Lori re-assurance about his well-being. Throughout Lori's pregnancy, Carl was thrilled with the idea of a baby sister and when Judith is born he is fiercely protective over her. When The Governor and his army attack the prison, Carl managed to escape with Rick, while his mother and baby sister were shot to death. Once they had reached relative safety from the attack, Carl and his father begin to mourn the death of Lori, Judith, and all those who fell during the battle.[3]

Carl and Rick took refuge in an abandoned house and after a brief encounter with more zombies, Carl was under the impression he could defend himself. He then blames his mother and sister's deaths on Rick. However, his innocence comes out and he realizes that he was still scared of the outside world and needed his dad. After reuniting with Maggie and Glenn, Carl is reunited with Sophia at Hershel's farm and the surviving members of the prison assault. After new survivors stumble upon the farm, they move to Washington D.C.

During the journey, while returning to Kentucky with Rick and Abraham, he's nearly raped by a group of rednecks. In the aftermath of their murders, Carl confesses to killing Shane and being a different person than he was before the apocalypse. Shortly after their return to the main group, Carl witnesses a fellow child survivor murder his brother, and he takes it upon himself to execute the child when he realizes no one is willing to do it.[4] He feels deep grief, but does not regret his actions.

When they arrive at a gated community in D.C., Carl is unable to fit in with the other children due because of his horrific experiences in the dangerous outside world and the false sense of security the other children had. During a zombie attack, Carl is shot in the face and in a coma for weeks. When he wakes up and again is taken care of by Rick, he shows a much more negative outlook, berating his father for all of the horrible things that have happened because of him.

When Rick decides to attack a group of survivors known as the Saviors, they retaliate by killing Glenn. Rick decides to create the illusion of falling in line with their leader, Negan, but is actually trying to find more information about the group when Carl decides to sneak into one of the Saviors' vans and launch an assault on them, ending with him as Negan's new "guest".

Television series

Carl Grimes as portrayed by Chandler Riggs.

It was implied that Carl was in the middle of Rick and Lori's relationship issues. He was devastated after learning of his father's shooting. When the outbreak began he was taken by Shane and Lori to the supposed safe zone in Atlanta. On the way there, he was told that his father was dead, and he gradually began to accept it.[5] After they set up camp with other survivors on the outskirts of Atlanta, Carl looks at Shane as a father figure, from fishing with him to being given advice. He appears to be oblivious to Shane and Lori's ongoing relationship. He was overjoyed when Rick returns and was restricted by Lori from being close to Shane. After the attack on the campsite which left many dead, he and the group traveled to the CDC, where they enjoy the facility's amenities. Following its destruction, they start travelling again.[6]

In Season 2 Carl is shown to be yearning to have more responsibility within the group, like helping to scavenge for supplies. While searching for the missing Sophia, he's shot and wounded by a man named Otis, who leads them to a nearby farm.[7] The owner, Hershel, operates and saves his life. He's devastated to find out Sophia is a walker, and he starts to display a different mindset. He yearns to fight along with everyone else, while at the same time developing a darker outlook. He denies the idea of heaven and shows disrespect towards his elders.[8] In the penultimate episode of the season, Carl saves his father by shooting Shane, who had become a walker as well.[9]

Six to seven months later, Carl has evolved into a child soldier; with increased weapons proficiency, a more mature demeanor and a more responsible role within the group. He has grown distant from both Lori and Rick. He shows a developing crush on Hershel's daughter Beth, since she is the only girl closest in age to him (even though she is three years older). After watching his mother suffer through a C-Section to deliver a baby and then die, Carl shoots her as she asks to prevent her reanimation.

References

  1. ^ The Walking Dead #6 (March 2004)
  2. ^ The Walking Dead #12 (September 2004)
  3. ^ The Walking Dead #48 (April 2008)
  4. ^ The Walking Dead #61 (May 2009)
  5. ^ "Chupacabra"
  6. ^ "TS-19"
  7. ^ "Bloodletting"
  8. ^ "Judge, Jury, Executioner"
  9. ^ "Better Angels"

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