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The most shocking part of all of this to me is that according to an exit interview with THR, this is not Chandler Riggs wanting to leave the show to go to college or anything, which may have been understandable, albeit sad in its own way. Rather, this was Scott Gimple’s decision and it was “all story-based,” Riggs says, something about teaching Rick a lesson that there’s a “better way” than war. Here's the explanation that Riggs says Gimple gave him. Mild (non-death) comic spoilers follow:"In the comics, Scott was trying to figure out why there was a hole between Rick slitting Negan's throat at the end of the "All-Out War" arc and then there's the time jump and Negan is alive and in prison and Rick didn't kill Negan. Scott was trying to figure out how to bridge the gap between Rick not wanting to kill Negan and Rick also really wanting to kill Negan, which he does right now [in the show's story]. Scott's way to get around that was to make Carl this really humanitarian figure and person who could see the good in people and see that people can change and not everyone out there is bad. That's what Carl's talk to Rick was in this episode: there's no way that they can kill every one of the Saviors and not everyone is a bad person and there has to be some way forward than just killing people."Because all that definitely requires Carl’s death and is in keeping with his character. Sure. Right. If that’s true, if Gimple really made this call all on his own, then that’s totally insane, and I can’t believe a mind-numbingly short-sighted decision like that was made to...fix a minor comic inconsistency? At the cost of one of the most key characters in the entire comic? That's madness.