Published: Thu, March 01, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

In The Walking Dead's 'Honor,' Carl Finally Grows Up

In The Walking Dead's 'Honor,' Carl Finally Grows Up

The Walking Dead faithful have been prepared for Carl's imminent demise ever since he pulled up he shirt to reveal a bite on his stomach in season eight's mid-season finale. On that veritably dark note, the first half of Season 8 came to a close, and audiences had to wait over two months to see the resolution in "Honor" (directed by Greg Nicotero), where Carl shoots himself and is buried by Carl and Michonne.

After that, things start to get into a bit of a blur.

Yes, that shot in the closing minute was certainly the "WTF!" moment of this particular episode.

Despite the two attempting to fight them off Carl became overwhelmed at one point and was pinned to the ground by two of the Walker. So what will Carl's death mean for Rick? "The fact that I'm equating something, I think, probably gives you an impression that it exists in the real world of the show". That obviously presents a significantly different connotation than if he's been shot.

This episode also confirmed that the weird "Old Man Rick" flash-forward scenes weren't actually from the "future" at all.

It was really poignant to see that Carl told Rick the story of the unarmed boy he killed in the prison. Honestly. a huge reason I wanted so badly to join this band of misfits. was because I was such a fan of the Negan Carl relationship in the comics. that storyline was one of my favorites, as I know it was one of yours.

As Carl says his goodbyes to friends and family, Alexandria's survivors make the decision to leave the sewers and head to the Hilltop. His death here represents one of the biggest deviations from the comic script in recent memory.

The rest of the hour focuses on Morgan, as he and Carol fight to save Ezekiel from the Saviors. That was super hard to get through, but just a really sad episode overall. The last few seasons have made death feel so inconsequential because people are constantly being killed, but they're all faceless mooks who respawn in the enemy headquarters after 30 seconds. "I won't let you down".

Some stray observations and questions for you, Josh. But when you're constructing a high-drama deathbed scene, maybe don't go for a canned "crying baby" sound effect poorly mixed over a toddler who is obviously not crying. No Maury paternity test required. "Thanks for getting me here", Carl says, meaning, "Thanks for making it so I could be who I wound up". I want to see that little girl in Rick's sheriff hat, sooner rather than later.

"I want this for you, Dad", Carl said. Were those Carl's vision for Rick? "You are the author of this night, Gavin", he tells him. But I have. Everybody living, helping everybody else live. What's next for him, now that the past eight years of his life (he was first cast on the show at age 10, and up until last night was one of the only surviving members of the original cast) are behind him?

For many fans, Carl's death is the final straw when it comes to this show, and it may not even matter if Kang can right the ship if Gimple's reign ends with fans leaving the show en masse.

Sure, he might show up in future dream sequences or hallucinations, but that's basically it for the character. And yes, we know: it's a post-apocalyptic world at war, there aren't going to be many happy storylines. If that's still the case, then it's not too surprising that we're in for an explosive finale in April. It wasn't dramatic or shocking, nor was it even the tolerable "gore for gore's sake" you often see in the zombie-killing scenes.

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