Warning: Be sure you have seen Season 8, Episode 9 “Honor” before reading.
Yesterday The Walking Dead fans got to see the mid-season premiere in which Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) said his goodbyes.
“I’ve done countless super-emotional scenes with Danai and Andy but this was definitely different,” Riggs said. “Luckily, that final goodbye scene was one of the first ones that we shot for the episode. That was good to get it out of the way and get it over with. It was bittersweet in a way and since I didn’t have a negative outlook on it, I think it improved the morale among the rest of the cast. It was so awesome having that amazing experience. Eight years of being employed in the first place was great, but getting to do what I want to do was really incredibly. Now I get to go do other things. It’s really fun and exciting.”
Riggs also spoke to The Hollywood Reporter in these excerpts:
What has surprised you about the reaction to the midseason finale?
Honestly, the amount of love and support that the fans have given the character. It’s incredible to see how much everyone adored this character, loved him and related to him. It’s really amazing to see the massive support that I got through it.
This was an incredibly emotional farewell episode. What was it like filming this episode?
It was really sad because it was my last episode and everything. But it was also bittersweet in a way because I really loved my time on the show and it was really unfortunate to go. But I’m also excited to go do other things. I made the decision to move to L.A. and do more of my own thing, like movies and things like that. I was excited to do all that stuff that I’ve never really done before. It was unfortunate that I had to leave but I was still excited for what comes next.