SPOILER ALERT: Keep reading if you have not seen the Season 8 "Walking Dead" Season Midseason titled "Honor".
The Midseason premiere of The Walking Dead opened the second half of Season 8 with the death of a character who's been on the show since season one.
Carl Grimes, who revealed at the end of the first half of the season that he had been bitten by a Walker, spent the premiere in the Midseason to say goodbye to his father and the group he adopted as his replacement family ,
In the beginning, viewers see that Carl, immediately after being bitten, does not despair, but instead decides to be proactive. He helps the peculiar traveler Siddiq to hide in the sewers under Alexandria, writes a series of farewell letters and spends time with his little sister Judith. Chandler Riggs, who plays Carl, spoke to Variety about Carl's reaction to his fate and the impact his death will have on the rest of the show.
"His death leaves a truly inspirational and motivational feel," said Riggs. "He's not really angry about that, he's not beating anyone, it's his fault it happened and he can not do anything about it, so he's trying to show Rick every lesson he's learned in the last few years."
Elsewhere in this episode, Carol and Morgan travel to the Kingdom to rescue Ezekiel from the clutches of the Savior. Savior Lieutenant Gavin tells Ezekiel that Negan will surely kill him for his betrayal, but Ezekiel keeps trying to tell Gavin that it's never too late for Gavin to change his mind and reject Negan.
Back in the Sewers, now Dwight An outcast who has spurred the saviors advises them to await Negan's attack as the group plans to relocate everyone to Hilltop. Rick knows Carl will not get that far, so he and Michonne agree to stay with him. Siddiq offers his support, revealing that he was a doctor before the zombie outbreak. Rick asks Carl if that's why he decided to take Siddiq with him, but Carl says it's just right.
"Siddiq's help shows maturity beyond the war," Riggs said. "Rick was kind of disappointed with the mission and took out everyone else who was not needed for the war, and I think Carl sees it over, he sees a different kind of future, one for Judith who is really bright and not full of hate and Killing is. "
Carl receives a rare support from Daryl, who recommends Carl to bring the citizens of Alexandria to safety when Negan attacked. Carl also offers encouraging words to Judith, telling her that she is the hope for the new world and gives her his iconic sheriff hat. Riggs said the scene with Judith was the last one he shot for the series.
"Right after I finished this scene, I left the set and the whole crew had eye spots like Carl's," he said. They were all clapping and cheering, it was pretty overwhelming and really cute of them, they gave me a hat that Andy was wearing in the first season, and a framed shirt that I wore in the first season, which was really cool It was really weird to wake up the next morning, but bittersweet is the best way to describe it. "
In the Kingdom, Carol and Morgan make quick work of the Savior Guards and finally raid Gavin and his remaining troops into Ezekiel's Throne Room , In the ensuing gunfight, Morgan literally rips the entrails of a savior through a bullet hole and continues to chase Gavin into the yard. Morgan prepares to kill Gavin, but Ezekiel and Carol tell him to stop. Suddenly, Henry ̵
The episode ends with Rick and Michonne doing everything they can to make Carl comfortable Goodbye …
"I've done countless super-emotional scenes with Danai and Andy, but that was definitely different," said Riggs. "Luckily, this last farewell scene was one of the first we shot for the episode, which was good to get it out of the way and get it over with, it was bittersweet in a sense, and I do not have a negative attitude about it In my opinion, it improved the morale among the other performers, it was so great to have this amazing experience, being eight years employed was great, but doing what I wanted to do was really incredible It's really fun and exciting. "
Carl reveals that the visions of a future bearded Rick in a reconstructed Alexandria are his dreams for a future in which the battles are over. Everyone, including Eugene and Negan, are welcome in the community and help each other. Rick and Michonne then leave Carl alone in Alexandrys burned church so he can finish things before he turns into a walker. After hearing the shot, they bury him in the community cemetery.