The Walking Dead: Holding out hope against hope

Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes - The Walking Dead _ Season 8, Episode 9 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes - The Walking Dead _ Season 8, Episode 9 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC /

There are still a fair number of theories out there trying to figure out ways for Carl to make it out of The Walking Dead mid-season premiere alive.

Killing off Carl is not part of The Walking Dead comic book canon. Is it possible there could be some kind of miracle that keeps him alive? Sure. We live in Robert Kirkman’s world and, technically speaking, anything can happen. We have to have hope, surely, but it is probably too late for Carl.

Forbes ran a fascinating article today offering up some of the top theories out there that might offer up ways for Carl to survive his bite. Author Paul Tassi takes each of the theories and breaks down why they likely can’t work. Some of them are really creative and could change the course of the show if they were true.

The fact that so many people are looking for hope is inspiring. People care. They care about Carl, and they care about the show.

The Walking Dead is a show that follows a group of survivors through a post apocalyptic world where the undead lurk at every turn, and after a number of years spent navigating this hostile landscape a new threat has emerged: Other people. Along the way the original survivors have met new comrades while other members of the group have died. Death is one of the themes of the show, but it isn’t the prevailing theme. The fact that so many people want to believe there is a chance of survival for Carl is indicative of the larger theme: Hope.

Imagine living in a world where everything has gone to pot and the people around you, people you know and care about, are dying or are at risk of dying. Without hope there is no possibility of making it out alive. You have to believe there is a reason to keep going. You have to have hope.

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Though Carl is likely not making it out of this situation alive, I still have hope that good will come from his loss.