'The Walking Dead' adorable, thirteen year old actor Chandler Riggs sat down for a Q&A with Zap2it where they discussed his character, Carl on the third season comeback of the flesh-eating walkers inspired TV show. Get to know this very promising teenage actor and find out what can we look forward to in the AMC hit series.
What's the biggest change for Carl in Season 3?
[The end of Season 2] was when we first saw him move toward being part of the group. In Season 3 he's definitely grown up a lot more. It's been seven months [between the end of Season 2 and start of Season 3]. They've done a lot of target practice, tactical training, things like that. He's not even close to being afraid of killing a walker. In episode 8, I actually shot a gun for the first time.
There's just no way Carl can be a 'normal' kid hanging out with a bunch of adults in a world full of walkers, right?
Yeah, he's forced to be an adult. He's lost the only kid left [when Sophia died]. The last kid he saw was eight months ago. That's hard for him.
How is Carl's relationship with his parents this season?
He still feels really betrayed by his mom because he found out about the affair [with Shane]. He's really detached from his mom and he doesn't really like her anymore.
I think so. He has someone to look up to. [Rick] only does what he needs to do for the group. He does whatever he needs to to keep the group safe. If he feels like it's a threat, he takes it out. That's the best he can do.
So you watch all the episodes?
I do. It's funny because a lot of the other actors don't watch them. Sarah Wayne Callies doesn't watch them until the season's over. Scott Wilson does the same. Danai [Gurira] is thinking about doing that but she doesn't know yet. Andrew Lincoln doesn't watch them at all. It's cool, he doesn't have to watch the show to love it.
It's a fun show to watch though...
It is! So much fun!
How did you find out about last season's big reveal that Sophia was a zombie, and what did you think of it?
I read the script. I was sad because that was the only other kid on set who was getting killed off. When someone dies on the show it's really like losing a friend. They don't come back to set. The only time you ever see them again is maybe at a convention.
Do the writers ever ask you for input on your character?
In Season 3 they asked me what I wanted to see and told me what's going to be coming.
And did they use anything you suggested?
There were a few things. I really can't say. I wish I could!
What are your hopes for Carl after this season, assuming he survives this season?
I've been really spoiled with my character. I've got everything I wanted with Carl. In the future, I don't really know. We'll see how this plays out, I have a ton of off time in the hiatus to think about it.
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