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‘The Walking Dead’ Star Slams Carl Death Rumors: He’s ‘The Future Of The Show’

Tue, November 29, 2016 12:24pm EDT by Emily Longeretta 2 Comments

Could Carl really be killed off ‘The Walking Dead?’ His costar is clearing up all that talk that started when his father posted a cryptic message about his son’s contract being up. Watch this new interview!

“I think Carl is the future of the show… I mean, is the future of the comic books, I think,” Tom Payne, who plays Jesus on the show, said at AOL’s Build Series. “At the end of the day, I think Carl is the guy at the end on the last page. And I don’t know if they’ll go that way on the TV show, but I think it would be a logical place for them to go. Who knows?”

Of course, that has been the huge question ever since Nov. 17, when Chandler Riggs‘ dad freaked everyone out by posting on Facebook how proud he was of his son — and added that his seven-year contract was up.

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“7 year contract completed,” his dad wrote on Facebook. “Grateful to AMC, Cast & Crew,TWD fan base and especially Chandler for always being 100% dedicated. Whether it was getting up at 4AM, working in the freezing cold past 2AM, leaving his friends and carefree kiddom behind, scrambling to make up missed schoolwork, he has done it without complaint and always made me proud & amazed to be his dad!”

Following that post and the outpour of angry fans commenting, his mother also chimed in.

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When she posted on Instagram photo of the family next to the wall that is shown in the opening credits, a fan questioned Carl’s possible departure from the show. She answered the fan with, “Don’t over analyze. His seven year contract is up. That’s all he was saying, nothing else. Pretty big accomplishment for a child actor (and for the parent who had to quit his job for this child to be able to follow his dream).”

Phew, we can breathe easy! Do you think the show would ever kill off Carl?