With fans of ‘The Walking Dead’ being in contention over the characterization of Rick and Lori’s son Carl on the hit post-apocalyptic AMC drama, executive producer Glen Mazzara has said the character’s increased irresponsibility has come to an end, Screenrant is reporting. With Carl, played by Chandler Riggs, being unable to stay in one place or under the less-than-watchful eye of his mother, portrayed by Sarah Wayne Callies, many fans have called for the two characters to be removed from the show.
During a recent interview with TV Guide, Mazzara revealed he listened to fans’ complaints; the producer said Carl will no longer wander in and out of dangerous situations, or inadvertently contribute to the deaths of righteously annoyed characters. Mazzara didn’t reveal what brings on the change in Carl and stops his childish behavior, however.
During season 3, Carl will become a productive member of the group that his father Rick, played by Andrew Lincoln, is trying to keep alive. Mazzara said “We’re interested in exploring Carl as a child soldier in this war against the walkers. He becomes a very, very effective, strong part of the group. He’s no longer the young child who needs to be cared for and who needs to be minded. That Carl is gone.”
Written by: Karen Benardello