‘The Walking Dead’ Fans Want This Person Fired From the Show

AMC’s zombie show has been struggling lately with declining viewers, a villain that has been criticized for not being effective, and more. Now it looks like fans are starting to organize and even calling for someone to be fired.

Season 8 of the show had an explosive midseason finale. Once again, Rick’s people went against the Saviors and battled it out after his plan to trap them was foiled. This had a huge consequence with one important character dying.

So who are fans angry with for this storyline? The Walking Dead fans want one person fired from the show.

1. 50,000 fans have signed a petition to get this person fired

Writer Scott M. Gimple speaks onstage at The Walking Dead: Screening and Conversation

Fans have decided to fight back with a petition. | Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for AMC

After watching the midseason finale, fans have shown their anger on social media, but now have moved it into the form of a petition. According to Forbes, over 50,000 fans have signed a petition calling for showrunner Scott Gimple to be fired. The petition is calling for 75,000 fans total to sign.

This is all due to the reveal that the character of Carl Grimes, played by Chandler Riggs, has been bitten by a walker and therefore won’t survive. The petition reads:

Scott M. Gimple is an American writer, producer, and showrunner for the television show The Walking Dead. Recently, Scott has decided to kill off the shows most pivotal character Carl Grimes, son of main character Rick Grimes. The entire show has been a lead up to showing Carl become the leader that his father is, maybe one day taking on the mantle himself. Actor Chandler Riggs even considered postponing his college education so he could work on the show after Gimple promised that he would be on the show for 3 more years.

2. The petition comes after Chandler Riggs’ father posted to Facebook about his son’s firing

Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes on The Walking Dead.

We’ve seen Carl (and actor Chandler Riggs) grow up on the show. | AMC

It seems like the outrage is being targeted at Gimple because the fired actor’s father said it was Gimple who made the decision on Facebook. “Watching Gimple fire my son 2 weeks before his 18th birthday after telling him they wanted him for the next 3 years was disappointing,” wrote William Riggs, according to Variety.

He then continued, “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!” The post is now deleted.

3. Gimple defends killing Carl

Carl in The Walking Dead Season 8 episode "Mercy" holding a gun.

Carl has had an interesting arc in Season 8. | AMC

The showrunner has spoken publicly about the controversial decision. “It’s all having to do with the greater story of the season,” Gimple told The Hollywood Reporter. “It will be very apparent, the relationship of this awful incident — this very intense story turn — to the greater story.”

4. He also claims Riggs’ desire for college had nothing to do with it

Actor Chandler Riggs from 'The Walking Dead' at the Hall H panel with AMC at San Diego Comic-Con International 2017.

Scott Gimple had only nice things to say about Chandler Riggs. | Jesse Grant/Getty Images for AMC

Gimple was also asked if Riggs’ desire to go to college had anything to do with the final decision.

It has nothing to do with real life in any way,” Gimple told The Hollywood Reporter. “All the real-life things were of no concern. In fact, that’s the only thing that made it difficult — a real-life relationship with Chandler, how much we love to work with him and how talented he is.”

5. Riggs revealed Gimple’s reason for Carl’s death

Carl raising a gun at the walkers.

Carl in The Walking Dead comic | Image Comics

The actor revealed how he found out about Carl’s demise from Gimple and the reason the showrunner gave for it. He told Entertainment Weekly that the idea stemmed from the comics. Riggs explained:

His reasoning behind it was that in the comics after All-Out War, Negan gets taken prisoner, so to figure out a way to make Rick not want to kill Negan would be to have Carl see things from a different perspective and try to push those ideals onto Rick. That was kind of touched on in the flashback where Carl is talking to Rick about how they can’t kill every one of the Saviors and not everyone is a bad person.

6. Executive producer David Alpert hinted at the possibility of Carl’s death

Producer Dave Alpert speaks at the 7th Annual Produced By Conference at Paramount Studios.

Dave Alpert previously hinted at Carl’s death. | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

When there were rumors going around that Carl’s death could be coming, other producers did comment on it.

David Alpert told the Huffington Post, “I think we’ve shown time and time again that everybody’s on the table, and that we’re the type of show [where] we don’t have a problem deviating from what the comic does.”

7. This isn’t the first time fans made a petition

Emily Kinney as Beth Greene on The Walking Dead.

Beth is another fan-favorite character for whom audiences demanded a return to the screen. | AMC

Carl isn’t the only death that angered fans. Beth’s loss also got fans motivated to start a petition.

We still get people petitioning us to bring Beth back,” revealed Alpert. “There are so many people that love Emily [Kinney] that want her back. That being said, everybody’s on the table, and where the story demands we go, we’re going to follow.”

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