Carl Grimes Fate In The Walking Dead Comics | Difference Between The Comics And TV Show Version

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Carl Grimes was one of the favorite characters of The Walking Dead TV show. However, when he was killed off in the eighth season of the show, many people got angry. But, did you know that Carl had a very different fate in the comic version? Well, you might be surprised after knowing that, in the comics, he is very much alive and plays a significant role till the end of the comic.
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Nowadays, many TV shows and movies are made based on comics of the same name. Among all those TV shows and movies, one is The Walking Dead. Although adapted from the original comics, the television version of The Walking Dead is vastly different, mainly the characters' path.

For instance, take the fate of the fan-favorite character, Carl Grimes, Rick Grimes's son. A huge difference can be easily found in the journey of Carl in the TV show version. In the TV show, Carl is killed off in season 8 after Walker bit him. But, did you know that Carl had a very different fate in the comic version? Well, you might be surprised after knowing that, in the comics, he is very much alive and plays a significant role till the end of the comic. 

Now, let’s learn about Carl Grimes's fate in the comic version and the possible ending of the TV show, as Carl is already dead in the adapted TV Show.

Carl Grimes Has A Happy Ending In The Comics

In The Walking Dead comics, Carl Grimes has a very different journey than that shown in the AMC TV Series, The Walking Dead. During the TV show's eighth season, Carl kills himself with a gun after a walker bit him.

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Carl Grimes in The Walking Dead TV show (left) and comic (right). Source: Wikipedia

However, in the comics, he is very much alive and plays an important role until the comic ends. After Carl’s father, Rick Grimes, is killed by Sebastian Milton, the comic fast-forward 25 years and shows that a fully grown-up Carl is carrying his father's legacy.

In addition to that, he is married to a girl named Sophia and even has a daughter named Andrea. They live on a small farm far away from Alexandria, where there is no sign of any walkers.

But one day, Carl sees a walker coming near his farm and kills him. However, as it turns out, the walker belonged to Maggie's grown-up son, Hershel Rhee. Due to that, Carl had to stand before a judge. And, to his luck, Maggie shows up and relieves him from the trials.

Despite almost being sent off to prison, Carl once again kills all of Hershel’s walkers. As a result of that crime, he now has to go through a trial once again in front of all community members.

Fortunately, Carl had the brain of his father, Rick. In the trails, he explains how the surviving people should never let their guard down. After listening to his satisfactory explanation, Michonne, the Judge, pardons Carl off all the crimes.

Afterward, Carl goes to his farmhouse, where his wife and daughter were waiting for him to arrive. At the end of the comics, Carl is seen alongside his daughter, depicting how his father led a group of strangers to safety and saved the whole of humanity.

How Does The TV Version Of TWD Ends After Carl Died?

On March 1, 2021, AMC made a huge announcement stating that the 11th season of The Walking Dead TV show will be released in Summer 2021. But, with Carl Grimes, one of the lead characters of the comic already killed off in the 8th season, how will the show exactly end?

Not only that, in the TV show version of The Walking Dead, even Rick Grimes is probably alive and might make a return in the 11th season. Considering that, as per some fan theories, the show might begin with Rick being dead during a fight, and his daughter, Judith, will follow his legacy. At the end of the show, Judith might follow the same path that Carl had followed in the original comic version.