"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.
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
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. 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
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.