ByJancy Richardson, writer at
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Jancy Richardson

How the hell old is Carl Grimes? With comic Carl and show Carl aging at different rates, and with a number of intertwining storylines varying between the two media, it gets kinda confusing. In fact, not even head honchos know for sure!

The kid is certainly aging fast...

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A fan wrote to The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and editor Sean Mackiewicz, claiming that Rick was 27 and Carl was 7 when the comics began. However, in the Letter Hacks section, Mackiewicz responded:

"Rick's age has never been revealed in the comic. Its true! Enough's revealed that you can figure out he was 23 years old when he started getting serious with Lori... which invalidates your theory because Rick can't have been 27 at the same time Carl was 7.

Robert and I disagree on many things, but maybe none more so than Carl's age," The irony there is that I know Carl is 7, like you all do, because Robert wrote he was 7 in issue 5. So long as Carl never says how old he is post-time jump, you can just ignore what we say in the letter pages as made up s---. (Except for everything I just wrote.)"

Carl and Rick Grimes in season 1 of 'The Walking Dead' [Credit: AMC]
Carl and Rick Grimes in season 1 of 'The Walking Dead' [Credit: AMC]

Kirkman added that there's no official guideline as to how old Carl is at this point:

"Officially, the time jump between 126 and 127 is not tied down to a specific number of years. It seems like around two, but could have been more. It's totally possible that Carl has aged five years since the beginning of the series. Kids age fast!"


Do you have a theory as to how old either show or comic Carl is at this point?


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