The Walking Dead is no stranger to fan theories. Both the comics and the television show have sparked a large amount of questioning and debating, with fans wondering where both versions of the series will go next. Even this very website went to lengths to dissect every possible outcome of Negan's kills in the season seven premiere.
And now, a new fan theory is gaining traction - but this time, it focuses on how the series will eventually end.
Youtuber MovieIDOL recently posted a video, positing the theory that the story of The Walking Dead isn't occurring in the present day, but is actually being retold in the future by an elderly Carl Grimes.
This theory suggests that Rick Grimes is the focus of the series mainly because of Carl's idolization of his father. Additionally, the theory believes that Carl's interactions in both the show and the comics are purposefully more detailed, since Carl himself is recalling them firsthand. The video cites a handful of examples, including Lori's death and Carl's first meeting with Negan.
In addition, the video cites quotes from The Walking Dead's creator, Robert Kirkman, who has previously said that Carl is one of his favorite characters, because he likes exploring the idea of growing up in the zombie apocalypse.
While what is being referred to as the 'Old Man Carl' theory does have a handful of plotholes, the video makes a point to explain them away. For example, if Carl wasn't present for a particular interaction between two characters, it could be something that was relayed to him later on.
It's unclear who exactly Carl would be telling the story to, whether its his descendants or the group of survivors he is traveling with. Carl being the last character to survive the series would definitely be an interesting twist, considering the fact that the reigning fan theories considering the show seem to counteract it.
With Chandler Riggs planning on attending college in the fall, many have believed that he could leave the show in the near future, which would most likely entail Carl being killed off. But Riggs has yet to make a decision as to where he will attend college, meaning that he could remain on the show - possibly for much, much longer.
Whether or not you believe the 'Old Man Carl' theory to be true, you do have to admit that it would be an awesome conclusion to the popular series, further establishing the legacy of its main characters as a sort of folk tale.
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