The Walking Dead fans are outraged over series creator and producer Scott Gimple's decision to kill Carl Grimes, so much so that they started a petition to have him fired from the show.
Fans were left stunned after that surprising Season 8 midseason finale of The Walking Dead. No one was prepared to say goodbye to one of the show's lead characters, Carl Grimes, who is the son of Rick Grimes. In a dramatic twist that left fans furious, Carl revealed a fatal walker bite that led to his death.
Unsurprisingly, fans are still talking about the character death. They cannot accept that out of all the other characters in the show, Gimple had to sacrifice Rick's son.
Fans are outraged understandably because Carl, played by actor Chandler Riggs, has been in the show since it debuted on AMC on Oct. 31, 2010. Fans practically saw Riggs grow before their eyes. He was an original cast member whose role has captured the hearts of viewers.
Now, fans have taken out their frustration through a petition that asks for Gimple's exit as showrunner and producer of The Walking Dead. The petition asks that AMC fire the series creator.
"A lot of fans have taken to social media to express their disagreement with Gimple's decision. Others have also expressed their feelings toward his decision calling for his immediate resignation. This petition is meant to bring AMC TV into the spotlight and fire The Walking Dead showrunner Scott Gimple for his actions and unfair treatment of actor Chandler Riggs," reads the petition.
As of this writing, has now over 59,000 out of its needed 75,000 signatures. The petition further elaborates why Gimple has to be fired from The Walking Dead. One of the reasons cited is a breach of the agreement, which Riggs' father mentioned in a now-deleted Facebook post. The showrunner supposedly promised Riggs an additional three years to work on the show. However, he fired the actor weeks before his 18th birthday and after he bought a house.
Rumors have it that Gimple fired Riggs because of political reasons. It was apparent that his character was eventually going to take over Rick Grime's legacy in The Walking Dead. This means the actor would have to renegotiate for a raise, which is supposedly out of the question.
AMC has yet to comment on this speculation. As for Gimple, he merely reasoned that Carl Grime's death was purely based on the series' plot or the story.