Showrunner Scott M. Gimple confirms THAT bite "will play out as bites play out in the show."
"The Walking Dead" is known for killing off key characters during its midseason and season finales and this year was no exception.
Sunday's supersized episode saw the end for a few familiar faces, and started the goodbye process for Chandler Riggs' Carl Grimes.
Fans have watched Carl grow up before their very eyes, going from innocent little kid to the one-eyed, bold and brave young man who started his farewell this evening. Carl, it seems, was bit by a walker before all of the action in the finale -- likely while fighting off zombies with Saddiq -- and kept it a secret.
The move was a shocking one, as Carl is still alive and well in the source material.
While we didn't see him die just yet, showrunner Scott M. Gimple confirmed that the bite "will play out as bites play out in the show" during "Talking Dead." He also said there will be no "shank cutting" to save him from the attack.
He added that Carl, "right now, is alive and he has some business to attend to" when the show returns in February. "That is a one-way ticket, but I'd like to think that the things that we see in the next episode are so important in his life and the other characters' lives," he also said.
Here's how the Internet reacted to all the major moments, starting with Carl:
Carl better be the first character in this show who is immune. #TheWalkingDead— Lauren Gonzalez (@havilandave96) December 11, 2017
So you’re telling me, that Carl can get shot twice and then ends up dying from a bite? I fucking love it. RIP you little shit, you and your hat. #TheWalkingDead— Negan (@Negan___) December 11, 2017
RIP Carl. We’re going to miss you. 😭 pic.twitter.com/wei0wxWcpB— The Walking Dead (@TheWalkingNews) December 11, 2017
Carl Grimes got shot, watched his mother die then had to shoot her, got shot again, lost his eye, almost got his head bashed in. Carl Grimes sacrificed himself to save everyone and this is the kind of thanks he gets? No not happening. Not today Satan. #TheWalkingDead pic.twitter.com/T1Lj1QGt4W— emma (@buchanangrimes) December 11, 2017
I'm the same age as Chandler Riggs so I've felt like I've grown up alongside him ever since I started watching. I can't even begin to describe how I feel right now.— How Its Gotta Be (@DeputyNStuff) December 11, 2017
Carl Grimes will forever be in my heart.
In all our hearts.#TheWalkingDead pic.twitter.com/RGNVYSSXHc
The first to go was Natania, leader of the Oceanside group. She was shot by Enid, who - along with Aaron - was on her way to the all-woman community to recruit them. Killing their HBIC probably wasn't the best way to accomplish this.
Enid shot Natania. The whole "team up with us" pitch might not work out so well. #TheWalkingDead— Tyler Reznik (@Tyler_Reznik) December 11, 2017
Enid killed Oceanside Grandma! #TWD— Santana™ (@Tana_Ahkia) December 11, 2017
Then Simon killed someone named Neil who was traveling with Maggie and Jesus. Not sure if we're really supposed to care about this one, as Twitter didn't really remember who he was in the first place.
No! Not Neil! ... Who is that again? #thewalkingdead— James Iyouboushi (@iyouboushi) December 11, 2017
Who the hell is Neil? 😂 #THEWALKINGDEAD— Stephanie Nicole (@oooKillerKitten) December 11, 2017
OH NO THEY KILLED NEIL WHO THE FUCK IS NEIL #TheWalkingDead— Matt Fowler (@TheMattFowler) December 11, 2017
Oh no not Neil! Or whatever his name was! #TheWalkingDead— Earl Lipphardt (@EarlLipphardtJr) December 11, 2017
After poor Neil was killed, Maggie and Co. returned to Hilltop and took it out on one of the Savior prisoners. After the guy who previously attacked Jesus called Maggie "Cupcake," she had no problem blowing him away. "We're not even but its a start," she told Jesus after.
While nobody was necessarily mourning this guy's death, they were celebrating Maggie being a total boss.
Lesson learned: don’t call Maggie “cupcake” #TheWalkingDead— Thirsty Mendelson (@thirstymndelson) December 11, 2017
Our last big moment before calling it a night: Michonne going HAM on a Savior after she returned to Alexandria to look for Carl ... before learning his fate.
DONT F*** WITH MICHONNE #TheWalkingDead— The Walking Dead (@TheWalkingDead) December 11, 2017
"The Walking Dead" returns in February.