Chandler Riggs on Carl's Reaction to Negan in 'The Walking Dead'
There's a popular storyline in the comic book series in which Carl takes it upon himself to infiltrate Negan's stronghold and attempt to remove the threat himself. It is a story arc that validates the character and gives him some necessary growth in the series.
So AMC need to make it happen in the show. Carl has done very little for a very long time, so little in fact that his reaction to his eye being literally blown off was shrugged off a week later. We've heard barely a word out of the character's mouth about how he's dealing with that particular disfigurement.
When it comes to Negan, Carl is in the same boat as everyone else. "He doesn't like this guy, at all," actor Chandler Riggs said. "Just from the Saviors being jerks of people and trying to kill his friends and kill his family, they kind of got off to a bad start," Riggs says. "I think Carl is one of the only ones in the group that was pulled, that didn't in that scene stand up to Negan like Abraham and maybe Daryl."
Negan has a curious fascination toward Carl in the book, and the final scene of season 6 does momentarily hint at Carl's renewed sense of purpose in the zombie drama.