You’ve spent the last few months coming to terms with the inevitable passing of a series favorite. Or you’ve been among the delusional many that think an “immunity” storyline is on the horizon. Whichever school of thought you fall into, The Walking Dead is finally back and you’re ready to see how the second half of season eight plays out.
The first half was left on such a morose note, reminding you once again that nobody in Robert Kirkman and AMC’s cruel world is safe. As we gear ourselves up for the season eight mid-season premiere “Honor” and prep ourselves for the worst, it’s impossible to ignore that nagging question that lingers during every milestone episode: Who will die tonight?
Coming off of a defeat at Alexandria, Rick and company have already lost a lot. The Walking Dead has been ruthless in the past few seasons, however, but there is always room for more. I’ve done my best to avoid saying it, but as we get closer to the premiere of “Honor,” we have to face the reality that Carl Grimes is on his way out. Showrunner Scott Gimple has even confirmed there is no escaping death for the younger Grimes, stating that his death is a game changer for the characters and the progression of “All Out War.” In an interview with Variety, he used the word “nuclear” to describe the effect of Carl’s death.
We know Carl is on his way out, but does that mean it will happen during the mid-season premiere? According to The Spoiling Dead Fans forum, yes, Carl won’t make it to the tenth episode. The fan site, which has an impeccable rate of being right when it comes The Walking Dead spoilers, even goes into detail as to how it happens.
Fans of Carl can take solace in knowing that there won’t be a zombified Grimes that Rick needs to find the strength to put down. The Spoiling Dead Fans staff member NinjaPancake posted a Q&A that confirms Carl takes his own life during the flashback-filled episode. Flashbacks aren’t necessarily a favorite in The Walking Dead community, but seeing as how they will show how Carl Grimes used his diminishing time, we can make allowances.
As for the rest of the cast? Everyone else appears safe for now. The episode focuses more on Carl’s final moments and explaining how the Saviors were able to escape from their undead blockade. Without giving too much away, it’s going to leave you hating a certain character even more.