(Major spoilers ahead for the episode of “The Walking Dead” in which Carl dies.)
Well, we had to wait more than two months since Carl (Chandler Riggs) revealed his zombie bite in the last scene of the mid-season finale to actually see him die, but the big day has finally come. Carl is now dead, after getting most of an episode to say goodbye to everyone and have them tell him how much they love him before Rick handed him a pistol so he could shoot himself in the face.
It was quite the emotional episode, given how attached fans have gotten to Carl in the last couple years, as he really grew into on the best characters on the show.
On Sunday night, there was lots of crying and lots of jokes (of course), but certainly there wasn’t much apathy — strong feelings happened all the way around as folks shared their responses to Carl’s exit. Below you’ll find a sampling of what folks had to say.
First, there was the heart-wrenching run-up to the final moments as the other characters said their goodbyes to Carl. A few viewers hoped the show would pull a fast one and save Carl, but as time went on, they started to accept that yes, Carl was really going to die.
— Ryan The Lion™ (@HerculesHandy) February 26, 2018
— Renae Finnell (@rfinnell9) February 26, 2018
— eda (@naturalhorror) February 26, 2018
— Tara Chambler (@TaraFknChambler) February 26, 2018
— Alex lock (@asimoalex) February 26, 2018
Seeing Michonne so upset breaks my heart. ???????????????? #TheWalkingDead
— Emma Knowlton (@ShotokanDancer) February 26, 2018
— Phillip ???? (@ThatOneGuy2393) February 26, 2018
— Rick Grimes (@RickAndThangs) February 26, 2018
WHY DO YOU HAVE TO SHOW MICHONNE AND RICK DIGGING HIS GRAVE?!?! My heart can’t take this. #TheWalkingDead
— Amanda Wohlfelder (@aaamanda) February 26, 2018
— Cruella De Vil (@JayyNaomi) February 26, 2018
— Angela Mentel (@AlwaysAngela614) February 26, 2018
Among the roughest moments: When Carl passed his iconic sheriff hat to his little sister Judith.
He is giving her the hat. I can’t.. my heart #TheWalkingDead
— Marissa ✨ (@MMarston_14) February 26, 2018
— Sara Lieb (@mommylieb) February 26, 2018
— Chicharita. (@Woahh_Jennifer) February 26, 2018
— pizza queen (@_candicenguyen) February 26, 2018
— Ana Angelita Dimas (@Ana_Dimas4) February 26, 2018
— Eve_L ❥???? (@elle_evil) February 26, 2018
I'm crying so hard I can't breathe. #TheWalkingDead
— Scaper4 (@Scaper4) February 26, 2018
I'm not crying. You're crying. #TheWalkingDead
— Jamie McMillen (@McMillenjl) February 26, 2018
— Jaz ????????✨???????????????????? (@AlllDatJazz) February 26, 2018
Carl: You're my best friend Michonne
— Margo GoldGrimes (@iMargo_CEO) February 26, 2018
And then there was Carl’s actual death, which restarted the whole cycle and hurt even more than many seemed to expect.
It’s time to break out the tissues even more now ???? #TheWalkingDead
— transita (@transita18) February 26, 2018
— Stacey Cone (@StayCtheGr8) February 26, 2018
This has to be one of the toughest episodes #TheWalkingDead
— Braxton-ish (@Chels4Short) February 26, 2018
How am I still alive #TheWalkingDead
— _Natzeli (@NatzeliJB) February 26, 2018
My sister won’t stop crying, please bring back Carl. #TheWalkingDead
— Zach Cantwell (@zachmcantwell) February 26, 2018
— Larry Strickland (@acestrick) February 26, 2018
— John Squires (@FreddyInSpace) February 26, 2018
Omg….???????????????????? that gunshot was the most dredded thing I've ever heard ???? I love you CORALLL, forever and always. Thank you @chandlerriggs for making twd so much better for me and being such an amazing character. I am so proud of you #TheWalkingDead #RipCarl #TalkingDead
— ~Amber~ (@AKleitgen) February 26, 2018
— HWIC (@Shugbbw2) February 26, 2018
But as always, “The Walking Dead” had one more trick, ending with Rick’s vision of the future Carl had hoped for, which includes peace with the Saviors — and even Negan living in Rick’s community.
— Josie Crawford (@JosieCrawford) February 26, 2018