‘The Walking Dead’ Star Andrew Lincoln Promises ‘Catharsis’ in Carl’s Upcoming Final Episode

“I’m not going to lie to you, that was sad,” Lincoln said of saying good-bye to his onscreen son

Last Updated: February 23, 2018 @ 3:01 PM

“The Walking Dead” star Andrew Lincoln — who plays Alexandria’s stalwart leader Rick Grimes — said that although saying goodbye to his onscreen son Carl (Chandler Riggs) was “sad,” this one was different than other character deaths.

Lincoln explained that in the zombie-ridden world of “The Walking Dead,” people are killed so quickly that there’s no chance for goodbyes. With Carl’s impending death looming, fans and cast members will get to say goodbye to the popular character, which gave Lincoln a sense of “catharsis.”

“I’m not going to lie to you, that was sad,” Lincoln said in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly.

“The beautiful thing is it’s what we rarely do in our show — we actually give the opportunity for a goodbye,” he continued. “It was unusual in that regard. Usually, things happen and people are ripped from you in this world that we inhabit. Thankfully, there was some sense of catharsis on this one, because we got to leave it all out on the screen. I thought Chandler did a remarkable job, as he always has done, but particularly in this episode.”

In the Season 8 midseason finale, viewers learned that Carl had been bitten by a walker on his side, a certain death sentence.

“The Walking Dead” returns to AMC for the back half of Season 8 on Feb. 25.