The Walking Dead's Chandler Riggs (Carl Grimes) hosted a Reddit AMA last night, answering a ton of questions on everything from sherif hats to heroin.
The 17-year-old actor is a frequent Redditor himself, and often participates in discussions on The Walking Dead subreddit; but this time he had a lot more information to share with his fans. If you like his usual Twitter sass, then you're going to love this.
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Not Your Average Child Actor
Potential spoilers ahead!
Riggs was refreshingly candid during his AMA, and he certainly didn't shy away from the hard questions. He even gave some hints about what's to come for Carl on #TheWalkingDead. Let's see exactly what he had to say:
16. Judith Isn't As Sweet As You Might Think
Judith has been played by 16 different babies over the course of the show, but Riggs' relationship hasn't been the same with all of them. While he managed to "force" the infant actors from Season 5 to like him, the twins who play Judith in Season 7 are a little harder to work with:
15. His Real-Life Zombie Apocalypse Plan Needs Some Work
You'd think seven seasons of starring in a zombie drama would have him more than prepared to take on a real-life zombie apocalypse, but he's not so sure. In fact, if he were to wake up to reports of walkers roaming the streets, he'd apparently head "straight to the nearest building high enough so I'll die when i jump off of it". More pudding for the rest of us!
14. He's Releasing An EP Next Year
After releasing a few snippets of his music project on Twitter, Riggs has confirmed that his EP will most likely be released toward the end of next year. Get excited, EDM fans!
13. Someone Got Catfished By A Fake, Underage Chandler Riggs
Apparently a Redditor by the name of MGMLionesss got majorly duped by a fake Riggs a couple of years ago. If you're not aware, "catfishing" is the act of assuming a fake identity online in order to fool others. The fake Riggs was found out after pretending to be at San Diego Comic-Con, when the real actor was actually in Georgia.
12. That Morse Code Theory Isn't True
A popular theory from the first half of Season 7 suggested Daryl communicated the location of the Sanctuary to Rick by blinking the word "East" in morse code. The theory seemed to be backed up by a shot of the morse code alphabet displayed on the wall of Rick's house earlier in the episode.
But according to Riggs, it was never even in the script:
"This is actually a really cool theory, but I just checked the script for 704 though and it didn't say anything about morse code between Rick and Daryl in that scene."
Producer Scott Gimple also said confirmed it wasn't in the script, but suggested Andrew Lincoln (Rick) and Norman Reedus (Daryl) may have come up with the sneaky plan themselves without telling the producers. There might just be some truth to it yet!
11. Carl Might Have Been Able To Save Glenn & Abraham
That is, if he was the leader instead of Rick. The first thing he would have done in dealing with the Savors would be to double-check for other compounds before rushing in to a nighttime assassination like Rick had the group do, which triggered the retaliation on Glenn and Abraham.
10. There's A Reason We Don't Know How Old Carl Is
We don't really need the real Carl Grimes to answer this one— it's pretty obvious, really. Only two years have passed in the show's actual timeline, which is why 16 babies have played Judith. However, it doesn't make as much sense to keep replacing Carl with younger actors, hence the intentional mystery surrounding his official age:
"They purposefully don't establish an age for Carl since I'll outgrow the age within a couple of years."
9. He's Not About To Join The Saviors
Sorry Negan, but you're going to have to do more than cook a mean bowl of spaghetti before you win over this surly teen. Despite the allure of an entire harem of women, Negan crossed the line when he demanded that serenade:
"Carl definitely hates Negan. He always has, and he always will. Negan started to sway him when taking him throughout the Sanctuary and showing him the power he has, but Carl was quickly reminded of why he is there once Negan made him take off his bandage. You can actually see Carl start to 'test the waters' when he puts his hand on the rail after Negan's speech to the Saviors."
8. The Long Hair Isn't Going Anywhere Soon
As long as Carl's on the show, he's going to be sporting those luscious locks— something that "kinda sucks but it'll be worth it." However, he does have a plan for when his days on The Walking Dead are over:
"My genius rebranding idea: cut my hair after I get off of TWD to get a fresh look so hopefully people won't only see me as Carl forever."
7. He's Not Looking Forward To That Eye Scene From The Comics
If you've read the comics, then you're painfully aware of a potential scene that may be coming up for poor Carl. Lydia, a member of the Whisperers, shows Carl her skills by licking his empty eye socket. If that sounds repulsive to read, just imagine what it'll be like to watch. Even Riggs can admit that "if we get that far it's gonna be so weird and awkward to film."
6. He Loves Him Some Heroin
LOL, JK! When questioned about the possibility of becoming a washed-up, drug-addicted child star cliché like so many before him, Riggs assured his fans that he plans on continuing being his usual, level-headed self:
"Yeah dude u know it, love me some heroin. JK I'm not into anything like that. I spend my weekends at home playing video games, making music, hanging out with my GF, etc., so i don't plan on becoming a trainwreck. I live a pretty normal life, and I'm planning on going to college for sociology/psychology so I don't think I'll end up like some of those child actors."
5. He Might Not Be Going To Auburn After All
Speaking of going to college, The Walking Dead fanbase became a little panicked after hearing that Riggs had been accepted into Auburn University. Does this mean he's going to give up acting for school?
Riggs has already assured fans that he's going to try to juggle both priorities at once. But in his AMA, he said that he wasn't actually sure if he'd be attending Auburn. While the college was the first he was accepted into, he won't be making his final decision until March.
4. He Loved Watching That Season 7 Premiere
Season 7 Episode 7 (Carl's trip to the Sanctuary) may have been his favorite to film, but the first episode of Season 7 was apparently his favorite to watch. That's right, Chandler Riggs loved watching Glenn and Abraham have their skull smashed in by Lucille. Seriously?
3. No, That's Not The Same Hat
The original hat Rick gave to Carl was much smaller to fit his young head, but Carl's not a little kid anymore. He now wears a different, larger hat. Which is probably a good thing, considering "it'd be so disgusting if we had the same one." Riggs said he'd also love to be able to keep the hat as a souvenir once the show is finished.
2. He's Looking Forward To Gaining Some Independence From Rick
Riggs apparently filmed his all-time favorite scene in Season 7b, which fans have yet to see. But there's another moment from the comics that he's also really looking forward to.
In the comics, an older Carl finally wears Rick down enough to allow him to move away from Alexandria and relocate to Hilltop. This conversation happens in the last part of Issue 128, a moment Riggs says he's really looking forward to.
1. He Regrets Not Punching Ron When He Had The Chance
So do we, Chandler. So do we.
What did you think of Chandler Riggs' Reddit AMA?