Spoilers beneath for anybody who hasn’t but watched The Strolling Lifeless’s Season eight winter finale.
No person likes it when a giant and satisfying work gig has to return to an finish, particularly when that gig is seen by hundreds of thousands of individuals on a weekly foundation. Being killed off of a present like The Strolling Lifeless, whereas actually a bummer throughout, does no less than supply the previous stars and actors the liberty to not fear about sticking to a really particular search for their characters, lots of which are supposed to emulate the comic book source material. For Chandler Riggs specifically, it meant he may minimize Carl’s signature lengthy locks, and will additionally go public with it.
For one, I do not suppose we have seen this a lot of Chandler Riggs’ face since Season 1 Carl’s hair was nonetheless too brief to even stand out from beneath the hat that Rick gave him. Whereas virtually everybody else in Workforce Household has maintained a reasonably regular look, the Grimes males have seen a relentless evolution within the hair division, although Carl’s hair largely simply grew out, versus the assorted changes that Rick has gone through. Now that Carl’s days are numbered, although, with all of his future scenes already filmed, Riggs is probably going grateful that he’s lastly free from adhering to his Strolling Lifeless-specific look sooner or later. Particularly if his imaginative and prescient bought wonky from sporting an eyepatch on the set all that point.
In fact, having to maintain up a specific look is not precisely the worst factor on the earth, and I doubt anybody would readily drop out of The Strolling Lifeless with a purpose to change it. (Steven Ogg desires to shave his instantly iconic mustache, however in all probability not sufficient to make a self-imposed exit.) In fact, when Chandler Riggs first minimize his hair just lately, that was one of many clues that followers used to foretell that Carl can be getting killed off within the present’s close to future; and positive sufficient, that future was set in stone when Carl revealed he’d been beforehand bitten by a walker. However now that the midseason finale has been out for a full week, Riggs is ready to lastly go full-on public together with his new shag-lite look.
As beforehand said, The Strolling Lifeless‘s comedian books typically function characters with fairly locked-down appearances, although adjustments do occur. And despite the fact that the comics are all in black and white, Michael Cudlitz’s Abraham developed an instantly recognizable look with a head filled with fire-red hair. The actor has retained the mustache and facial hair after leaving the present, however he has reverted again to a extra pure shade scheme.
Steven Yeun, whose Glenn bought his head caved in throughout the identical episode that Abraham’s head bought caved in, did not essentially have any particular bodily traits that tied him to the comedian e book character, because it was his baseball cap that introduced the most important connection. However there was apparently one thing that Yeun liked about performing with blood masking his face, since he just lately promoted one in every of his post-Strolling Lifeless initiatives with the beneath picture.
It will be fascinating to see the place Chandler Riggs’ profession goes subsequent, since The Strolling Lifeless largely detracts its largest stars from becoming a member of every other longterm mainstream initiatives. Will the actor proceed within the horror style, or will he department out into broad comedies and fantastical musicals? Both approach it goes, he in all probability will not have to revisit Carl’s look.