Who is Carl Grimes on The Walking Dead?

Who is Carl Grimes on The Walking Dead?

Carl Grimes is a character in the Walking Dead comic and TV Show.  He is one of the main characters in the series being the son of the primary protagonist, Rick Grimes.  In the Walking Dead TV show, Carl Grimes is played by actor Chandler Riggs.

First Appearance (Comic):  The Walking Dead #2 (2003)
First Appearance (Show): "Days Gone Bye" Season 1 Episode 1 (2010)


Carl is the son of Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes and Lori Grimes.  When the zombie apocalypse begins Rick is comatose and is believed dead at the hospitable.  Lori takes Carl and they leave with Rick's partner Shane.  They head toward a safe zone that quickly falls apart.  Instead, Shane ends up leading a small group of survivors camping on the outskirts of Atlanta.  Eventually Rick finds them there.

Due to the dire circumstances the family finds itself in Carl is forced to grow up very quickly.  At the age of 7 he begins practicing using fire arms and quickly becomes adept with them.  Using a pistol he saves his mother from a walker.  Later he shoots and kills Shane who had become erratic and a danger to his father.  Rick begins to worry about his son and his behavior and attitude grow increasingly cold and callous.  At times Rick tries to thrust his son into normal innocent child like behaviors.  However, the dark world in which they live often come crashing in.

Carl is shot accidentally by a man named Otis.  Otis had been attempting to shoot a deer.  Carl recovers under the care of veterinarian Hershel Greene and for a time the family stays at the farm.  Eventual friction lead the group to move on to a nearby Prison.

During this time Lori reveals she is pregnant with another child.  Carl is very happy at the thought of having a younger sibling.  Carl is loving and protective over his new baby sister, Judith.  However, both his mother and his younger sister are killed during an attack on the Prison by the governor.

Carl has numerous dark experiences as the group travels from the prison.   A group of red necks attempts to rape him but are brutally killed by the intervention of Rick.  One young twin survivor becomes insane and kills the other.  No one in the group knows what to do with the surviving murderous twin.  As a fellow child, Carl sees it as his duty to dispense justice and executes the boy.  The group is also hunted by cannibals, before ambushing and killing the other survival group.

Eventually the group finds its way to civilization in the form of Alexandria.  There Carl struggles to fit in with other children who have been far more sheltered than him.   Morgan a survivor that Rick met early in the apocalypse joins Alexandria and forms a strong bond with Carl.  He pushes Carl to regain his childhood innocence.  Upon his death Morgan tells Carl that he knows about a murder committed by Carl and tells him to not give into the darkness.

 While in Alexandria, Carl is shot again, this time in face.  He recovers from the wound but loses an eye, and carries a brutal scar on his face from the wound.

The group enters a prolonged confrontation with an organized and violent force called the Saviors led by a vicious man named NeganRick pretends to go along with Negan's demands in a ruse that he hopes will allow him to learn more about the group.  Angry at his father's seemingly weak actions Carl takes actions into his own hands.  He sneaks aboard a Savior truck and emerges at the Savior base called Sanctuary with a machine gun.  He kills a few Saviors before being subdued.  Rather than punish Carl for kill his men Negan is impressed at how brave Carl is.  He attempts to wine and dine him before sending him back to his father in Alexandria.
Carl stays behind in the SafeZone as Rick leads the forces from multiple communities against the Saviors.  Eventually, Negan is captured and the Saviors are brought into the groups network.

Whispers and Love

Carl begins a apprenticeship beneath Earl Sutton a blacksmith in Hilltop.  On a date with Sophia he is attacked by two other boys at Hilltop.  Carl viciously beats them with a shovel.  The boy parents want Carl to be punished for his actions.  For a time he is held in a cell.  In prison he meets Lydia a prisoner of a mysterious group called the Whispers.  The two become close and eventually Lydia seduces Carl.   The Whispers bring an army to the gates of Hilltop where Lydia's mother, Alpha demands that she is returned.  Carl believes that the group abuses Lydia and begs Maggie to let her stay.  However, Maggie does not want to begin an armed conflict with the large group and returns the girl.  This enrages Carl and he sneaks out of Hilltop and sets out after Lydia.

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