Following The Walking Dead's midseason finale, some family members of certain cast members appear a little unhappy with the end result.
Spoilers for The Walking Dead Episode 8x08, How It's Gotta Be, follow.
With Carl Grimes being written out of The Walking Dead, Chandler Riggs is suddenly out of a steady job after dedicating eight years of his life (starting at the age of 10) to the AMC series. Now, Riggs' father William Riggs has taken to Facebook to share his reaction, targeting showrunner Scott Gimple with his displeasure.
"Watching Gimple fire my son 2 weeks before his 18th birthday after telling him they wanted him for the next 3 years was disappointing," Riggs wrote. "I never trusted Gimple or AMC but Chandler did. I know how much it hurt him. But we do absolutely know how lucky we have been to be a part of it all and appreciate all the love from fans all these years!"
Ultimately, Riggs wishes the AMC series well in the months or years which will follow his son's involvement. "I hope the show keeps doing well! I do plan to keep doing tours monthly," Riggs wrote in another comment. "I actually cut back on tours only because I teach high school full-time again."
The comments came on Riggs' Facebook page, "Chandler Riggs' Dad's Zombie Roadtrip Riggs' Tours & Autographs." A conversation began after Riggs posted a link to an interview with son Chandler opening up about the departure from The Walking Dead.
Rick Grimes actor Andrew Lincoln opened up about the shocking departure of Riggs in an interview with ComicBook.com. "This was the hardest... Losing Steven was... the thought of the journey without Steven in the cast was unbearable but this is... I didn't see it coming," Lincoln said. "This is bigger than any other death that we've ever had and we realize that as it plays out in the back eight," Lincoln said. "The back eight is completely different from the front eight. This episode happens and everything changes. We spin off into a completely different new world."