It’s been five episodes since a major character on The Walking Dead — two major characters, actually — has been killed. That’s an eternity for this show. There are only two episodes left before the winter finale, the disturbingly optimistic “Hearts Still Beating,” but fans of AMC’s hit zombie series are pretty certain they know who Negan and Lucille’s next victim is going to be.
Chandler Riggs, who plays long-haired Carl Grimes (seriously, kid, take five minutes to get a haircut), recently tweeted, “ayy i just got accepted into auburn.” The Alabama university isn’t too far away from Georgia, where The Walking Dead films, so there’s nothing to worry about there… unlike Riggs’ father captioning a photo on Instagram with, “Completed 7 years on TWD! #freedom.” The De Havilland Law stipulates that actors can’t sign contracts longer than seven years — that’s how long Riggs has been killing Walkers, and now he can either ink a new deal, or walk away and focus on college.
Riggs’ dad also posted this now-deleted message on Facebook:
7 year contract completed! Grateful to AMC, Cast & Crew, TWD fan base, and especially Chandler for always being 100% dedicated. Whether is [sic] was getting up at 4 AM, working in the freezing cold past 2 AM, leaving his friends and carefree kiddom behind, scrambling to make up missed schoolwork, he has done it without complaint and always made me proud & amazed to be his dad!