The Walking Dead (TV series)
|The Walking Dead (TV series)|
|Year Released:||October 31, 2010 – present|
|No. of seasons:||5|
|Director:||Various directors |
The Walking Dead is an American post-apocalyptic horror drama television series developed by Frank Darabont. It is based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman,Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. It stars Chandler Riggs as Carl, the son of the sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln). Rick awakens from a coma to find a post-apocalyptic world dominated by flesh-eating zombies. He sets out to find his family and encounters many other survivors along the way. The plot focuses primarily on the dilemmas the group faces as they struggle to maintain their humanity during the day-to-day challenges of surviving in a chaotic world full of zombie hordes and hostile human survivors. The series is currently in Season 5.
In the series as well as the comic book, he is son of Rick and Lori Grimes. During the initial outbreak, Carl believed his father to be dead, so he and his mother joined Shane Walsh to travel to Atlanta for the refugee camp. As time goes on, he slowly becomes hardened, due to the severe loss of life and the environment around him
Upon learning of his father's shooting days before the outbreak, he is devastated. When the outbreak begins, Shane and Lori take him to the supposed safe zone in Atlanta. On the way there, he is told that his father is dead, and he gradually began to accept it. In season one, after they set up camp with other survivors on the outskirts of Atlanta, Carl begins to look at Shane as a father figure, as he does various activities with him such as fishing. Carl appears to be oblivious to Shane and Lori's ongoing sexual relationship.
In the series premiere "Days Gone Bye", Carl is seen with Lori and Shane at the survivor camp outside of Atlanta, and has made friends with a girl named Sophia. In the episode "Guts", Carl is in the camp when T-Dog makes contact as part of the group that went on a supply run to Atlanta. In the episode "Tell It to the Frogs", when Rick returns with the group from Atlanta, Carl is overjoyed and Lori restricts Carl's interactions with Shane. In the episode "Vatos", walkers overrun the campsite, killing and injuring many quarry survivors. In the episode "Wildfire", Carl and the group travel to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the season finale "TS-19", Carl and the group enjoy the facility's amenities. Following the CDC's destruction, they start traveling again.
In season 2, Carl is shown to be yearning for more responsibility within the group, such as helping to scavenge for supplies. In the season premiere "What Lies Ahead", while searching for the missing Sophia, Carl is shot and wounded. In the episode "Bloodletting", Otis, the man who accidentally shot Carl, leads Rick and Shane to a nearby farm. The owner, Hershel Greene, treats Carl but reveals he will need surgery to save his life. In the episode "Save the Last One", Carl wakes up briefly and talks to Lori about the deer he saw right before he was shot. Shane returns with the necessary medical equipment for the surgery, but lies about the fact that he shot Otis to save his own life. Hershel operates and saves his life. In the episode "Cherokee Rose", Carl wakes up as he recovers, and Rick gives Carl his hat and badge. In the episode "Chupacabra", Carl appears in a flashback from before he and the group arrived at the camp outside of Atlanta. In the episode "Secrets", Carl is recovered and helps his mom feed chickens on the farm; he begins to develop a colder mindset, which worries Lori. In the mid-season finale "Pretty Much Dead Already", it is revealed that Sophia was a walker and being kept in Hershel's barn; Carl watches as Rick shoots Sophia in the head.
In the mid-season premiere "Nebraska", Carl's new colder mindset continues to develop following the reveal of Sophia as a walker. In the episode "Triggerfinger", Carl learns that Lori is pregnant. In the episode "Judge, Jury, Executioner", Carl denies the idea of heaven and shows disrespect towards Sophia's mother Carol for mentioning that Sophia was in heaven. Carl finds a walker stuck in mud in the woods and taunts it, but the walker frees itself and starts chasing him; this walker later finds Dale and mortally wounds him. In the season's penultimate episode "Better Angels", Carl saves his father by shooting Shane, who had become a walker. In the season finale "Beside the Dying Fire", Carl's gunshot attracts a horde of walkers and so the group is ultimately driven off the farm.
In the season premiere "Seed", six to seven months later, Carl has evolved into a child soldier of sorts; he has grown more proficient with weapons, and has adapted a more mature demeanor, as well as a more responsible role within the group. Carl is with the group as they setting into an abandoned prison. He has grown distant from Lori and shows a developing crush on Hershel's seventeen-year-old daughter, Beth. In the episode "Sick, Carl sneaks off alone to find the prison infirmary, brings back much-needed medical supplies, but Lori scolds him for going off alone. In the episode "Killer Within", after watching his mother die while giving birth via C-section, a distraught Carl shoots her per her request to prevent reanimation. In the episode "Say the Word", Carl watches as Rick storms off to find Lori's body. In the episode "Hounded", Carl, Daryl, and Oscar find Carol, who had been missing and presumed dead from an earlier walker attack. In the episode "When the Dead Come Knocking", Rick lets Carl name his new sister, and he names her Judith after one of his school teachers. While Rick, Oscar, Daryl and Michonne head out to attack Woodbury, Carl is left in charge of protecting the others inside of the prison. In the mid-season finale "Made to Suffer", upon the arrival of Tyreese's group, Carl takes the initiative to lock them all out of his cell block.
In the mid-season premiere "The Suicide King", Carl keeps Tyreese, Sasha, Allen, and Ben locked up, and when Rick returns he yells at them to get out of the prison. In the episode "Home", Carl and Glenn investigate the breach where Tyreese's group got into the prison, and report back to the group that the boiler room is overrun with walkers. In the episode "I Ain't a Judas", Carl tells Rick to take a break from being the leader, as the stress has been too much for his father. In the episode "Clear", Rick, Carl, and Michonne make a run to Rick and Carl's home town, where they encounter Morgan Jones, and Carl bonds with Michonne. In the episode "Arrow on the Doorpost", Carl helps Glenn and the rest of the group organize their arsenal. In the episode "This Sorrowful Life", Carl helps Maggie create a diversion to distract walkers at the fence. In the season finale "Welcome to the Tombs", Carl kills a teenage member of The Governor's army, who failed to drop his gun, despite professing to surrender, when the boy stepped closer to Carl, Hershel (who was unarmed), and infant Judith. Carl tells Rick he did not want to take his chances by letting someone else live who could potentially kill someone in their group; he brings up how he did not kill the walker on the farm that killed Dale and how Rick's decision to not kill Andrew and The Governor resulted in the deaths of Lori and Merle, respectively. Carl also appears angered by Rick's decision to take in Woodbury's remaining survivors, who generally appear to be less able-bodied.
In the season premiere "30 Days Without an Accident", Carl has turned to farming along with his father, Rick tries to encourage Carl to be a kid, but Carl hardened by what he's seen and done is reluctant to do so. He does go to "Storytime" that is hosted by Carol which included teaching the kids how to use weapons when needed. In the episode "Infected", Carl tells his father about Carol training the children with knives. After an infection breaks out in the prison Rick lets him carry a gun again. In the episode "Isolation", Carl helps Hershel pick elderberries, which Hershel will use to make a tea for the sick. In the episode "Interment", Carl helps Rick reinforce the fences, but when walkers break through anyway, Rick and Carl arm themselves with assault rifles and gun them down. In the episode "Dead Weight", the Governor secretly watches Rick and Carl digging in the prison yard. In the mid season finale "Too Far Gone", Carl tells Daryl he has a clear shot on The Governor, but Daryl tells him to not take the shot as a firefight would break out. During the fight he saves his injured father before finding his sister's carrier empty and bloody. Devastated, Rick and Carl leave the prison as walkers invade with Rick telling Carl, "Don't look back."
In the mid-season premiere "After", Rick and Carl found a house in a neighborhood. Carl feels like he doesn't need Rick anymore and while Rick lays unconscious Carl starts scolding him about how he wanted to plant vegetables and hide while The Governor knew where they were. He goes on to state that he never forgot how to survive while it happened. He is later seen luring two walkers away from the house to kill them somewhere where noise won't attract other walkers. He successfully lures them away but encounters a third walker and nearly gets killed. He goes to a house and discovers another walker in one of the rooms. The walker nearly kills him but Carl gets away losing his shoe in the process. He eats pudding he found in the house while sitting on the roof. He later returns to the house and Rick rises from a couch being used to block the door from walkers. Thinking that Rick is dead, he raises his gun at Rick, only to cry saying that he is scared. The next day, as they are sitting near the couch, they hear a knock on the door. It is revealed to be Michonne after she found the pudding that Carl ate the day before. Rick looks at the door and says it's for Carl. In the episode "Claimed", while Rick stays back at the house to recover, Carl and Michonne set out on a supply run where they further their bond, and Carl learns that Michonne once mothered a son. They return from their supply run to find Rick fleeing the house due to it becoming occupied by a hostile group of men. Carl accompanies Rick and Michonne on foot until they come by a train car with a sign attached which points out a sanctuary known as Terminus. In the episode "Us", Rick, Michonne, and Carl travel along the train tracks towards Terminus, unaware that they are being tracked.
In the season finale "A", on the way to Terminus, they are confronted by the hostile group who now have Daryl in their employ. Daryl retaliates against the hostile group, and the confrontation quickly escalates. During the ensuing fight, a man attempts to rape Carl, but is stopped and killed by Rick. Carl, Rick, Daryl and Michonne continue to follow the tracks, eventually reaching Terminus. Rick decides to have his group sneak into the compound to avoid detection, remaining cautious of its current residents. They find the Terminus members in a broadcasting room, and are greeted by Gareth, the apparent leader. Gareth escorts Rick's group to the courtyard where other Terminus members are situated. Rick notices a Terminus resident in possession of Glenn's watch and quickly deduces that something is wrong. He draws his weapon and demands to know where Glenn and the other people from the prison are. Gareth has his men open fire on Rick's group and strategically rounds them up to a train car. Rick, Carl, Michonne and Daryl are forced to drop their weapons and step into the train car where they are held prisoner. Inside, they are reunited with prison group survivors - Glenn, Maggie and Sasha, along with new group members - Tara, Abraham, Eugene and Rosita.