"I think [showrunner Scott Gimple] first brought it up to me as a possibility probably about a year ago at this point".
'But once he laid out to me exactly what his long-term plans were, and the things that come out of it, and the things that it leads to, it was something I got on board with'. "We're not supposed to be happy when these characters die".
We first met Morgan in the pilot of The Walking Dead when Rick (Andrew Lincoln) came across him living in Georgia. If you're an avid viewer of both shows, you've doubtlessly been waiting for the prequel series (Fear) to connect in some way to the mothership - aside from the fact that both shows feature zombies and a certain "why bother" mentality. Robert knows that fans are pissed, and he stresses that TWD team's job now is "prove that this was a decision worth making".
Of course, fans are always up in arms when a character is killed off, but Carl felt different.
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AMC has released new images for the mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead that tease the fate of Carl. Morgan, who went missing for several seasons on the mothership AMC series, seemingly is ready to fight the walker should the dead get off the auto as he holds his stick and has a massive backpack in tow. "It's definitely Chandler's best work".
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When asked about his leaving, James said, "the hardest part of it from the beginning until now has been leaving "The Walking Dead"; leaving that cast and leaving that crew".
As for what happens after Carl leaves, Kirkman insists the story rejiggering will not be as extensive as some may assume.
"There are big, huge stories coming up that you might think will be massively altered because of the absence of Carl", Kirkman told EW.
I do not know how I will be without Morgan, but we survived the death of Glenn, and we will continue to barely survive when we quote Laurie and say, "Good night love", to Carl. Surprisingly, showrunner Scott Gimple has plans to extend the series until at least season 13, but for now, Nicotero is focused on closing out this Carl chapter. It means that there will be some differences to them.
The Walking Dead returns on Sunday, February 25 at 9:00 pm on AMC.