Season 3 Of THE WALKING DEAD Puts Carl Center Stage

When The Walking Dead returns, look for the spotlight to shift to Carl Grimes as the threat to Rick's group shifts from zombies to the living. No spoilers book readers!

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By Mark Julian - 6/20/2012


If you've read the comic books from writer Robert Kirkman then you have a pretty good idea where the character of Carl Grimes (played by talented youngster Chandler Riggs) is going. Foreshadowing that development is showrunner Glen Mazzara in an interview with TV Guide---

"We're interested in exploring Carl as a child soldier in this war against the walkers," said Mazzara. "He becomes a very, very effective, strong part of the group. He's no longer the young child who needs to be cared for and who needs to be minded. That Carl is gone."

In a separate interview with The Los Angeles Times Mazzara spoke about some of the viewer angst regarding Carl's seemingly disregard for his personal safety---

"Everyone wants to know why Carl's not in the house," he said. "Well, it's boring to sit in a house. And he's a little boy and he wants to mix it up and stuff. And he's walking through the woods and finds a zombie trapped in the mud and he starts doing what any Huck Finn would do and starts throwing rocks at the monster. And then later that is the same zombie that pulls itself free and kills Dale. And the writers were very nervous about that, you know? It feels earned, but it's a risk. Because Dale is a beloved character and if this other character is involved and responsible for that death, is the audience going to now hate Carl? But I thought the story was worth the chance."






The Walking Dead is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series developed for television by Frank Darabont. It is based on the comic book series, The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard.

The series stars Andrew Lincoln as Sheriff's Deputy Rick Grimes who wakes up after being in a coma to find the world dominated by "walkers", resembling the zombies of George A. Romero's horror movies. He sets out to find his family and other survivors along the way.

The series premiered on October 31, 2010, and is broadcast on the cable television channel AMC in the United States. The first season premiered to wide acclaim and was nominated for several awards, including the Best Television Series Drama at the 68th Golden Globe Awards. Based on its reception, AMC renewed the series for a second season of 13 episodes which premiered on October 16, 2011. Two episodes into the second season, AMC announced that the show would return for a third season.

The first season of The Walking Dead was well received by critics, with a rating of 82 out of a 100 on Metacritic. The season one premiere was watched by over 5.3 million people. The season two premiere was watched by more than 7 million viewers. The Walking Dead also received many nominations, including a Writers Guild of America Award and a Golden Globe Award for a Best Television Series Drama.










Running Time: 60 minutes (45 min actual air time)
Release Date: February 12 (Season 2-midseason premiere)
TV Rating: TV-MA for sex & nudity, violence & gore, profanity, alchohol/drugs/smoking and frightening/intense scenes
Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal,Sarah Wayne Callies,Laurie Holden, Jeffrey DeMunn, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs, Norman Reedus
Creators: Frank Darabont (show) Robert Kirkman (comic)
Written by: Frank Darabont, Charles H. Eglee, Jack LoGiudice, Robert Kirkman, Glen Mazzara, Adam Fierro, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore, Evan T. Reilly

Source: MTV Splashpage
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astromerc - 6/20/2012, 9:25 AM
I dont like Carl on the show . In the comic he is a badass...well we will see.
coolguy - 6/20/2012, 9:30 AM
Lol what an asshole
mattattack - 6/20/2012, 9:47 AM
I hate Lori and Carl, annoying ass characters that stir shit up too often. Kill EM.
Mysterion - 6/20/2012, 9:59 AM
the last part of the article forgot to mention that the season 2 finale drew in a record setting 10.5 million viewers.
EastcoastAvenger - 6/20/2012, 10:00 AM
yossarian:
Where did you get that picture? I want to kick his a$$! Fracking bully!
GreenHalJordan - 6/20/2012, 10:16 AM
Carl was annoying last season and I would have thought that by the death of Sophia he would have been more mature and/or interesting. However, he wasn't and I hated him, but this makes sense so, if they can turn him into the badass he is in the comics, I think this season will be Carl's redemption.
Maia87 - 6/20/2012, 10:30 AM
I hope the boy will die. He's a lame character.
CrowPirate1 - 6/20/2012, 10:39 AM
If they match up his character finally to how it is in the comic.. I can start accepting him on the show. One of the problems in a TV show is always.. fear of the networks in holding the creators back... The Religious right, the parents groups, and the freakin waves of political correctness have almost ruined real chances of strong action/horror/characters on TV.

I am just glad, so far, AMC has allowed this show to push the limits some. I mean.. first episode of the first season, we see Rick shoot point blank a lil girl zombie right in her head!!! I knew right then, AMC was letting them do what they wished.

So I have hopes.
WaylonJones - 6/20/2012, 11:09 AM
superbatspiderman - 6/20/2012, 11:15 AM
I really can't stand this kid on the show I hope he gets slowly eaten along with his dumbass mom. I hope they at least make him useful on the show.
justified1 - 6/20/2012, 12:48 PM
My TV network is planning to take off AMC. NO!

AMC has a lot of good movies and shows. I won't be able to see the Walking Dead. At least not until it comes out on DVD
MrYurMomm - 6/20/2012, 12:50 PM
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marvel72 - 6/20/2012, 12:51 PM
fingers crossed lori & carl die in season 3.
MrYurMomm - 6/20/2012, 12:52 PM
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ForceOfLegend - 6/20/2012, 1:09 PM
Carl is a punk! I kind of liked him first season, and leading into the second season. However now he is just a jerk. Carl, and Lori need to go next. Keep Rick, & Daryl.
HeadPool420 - 6/20/2012, 1:17 PM
Carl in the comic is a hard ass little brat that kills kids,adults and zombies! I really hope the Carl on the show starts to become the Carl from the comics! Its not the kids fault they made him weak on the show its the writers that did that!
Z25306 - 6/20/2012, 1:24 PM
Sorry GreenHal but Carl is beyond redemption.
thatcoldblackcloud - 6/20/2012, 3:44 PM
oooh... preteen fun! yum!
mob7medina - 6/20/2012, 11:46 PM
I hope little carl can redeem himself this season!and The token black Guy gets more than a couple lines geez!!lol
FlappyJax - 6/20/2012, 11:51 PM
I hate the show's version of Carl for exactly the reason stated in the article. He killed Dale, and there weren't even any [frick]ing cannibals.
TheMyth - 6/21/2012, 2:46 AM
Magic8, yea... that's why it's one of the most watched series ever... not like any opinion you offer is ever more than the one you just offered. I feel sorry for you.
MadTitan - 6/21/2012, 3:44 AM
why the barrage of heat on that kid, lol...though i'm pissed he's the reason Dale died he's obviously now plays a bigger part in that story and killing that kid early on might not work to your contentment. lol

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