Carl Grimes is a fictional character from the comic book series The Walking Dead and is portrayed by Chandler Riggs in the American television series of the same name, which airs on AMC in the United States. The character was created by writer Robert Kirkman and artist Tony Moore, and debuted in The Walking Dead #2 in 2003. In both forms of media, Carl is the son of primary protagonist Rick Grimes and is one of the longest-surviving characters.
In the comic book series, Carl begins as a normal and innocent child, but, as the events of the new world order force him to grow up, he becomes colder and competently makes sometimes brash decisions for the good of his group of friends. The character's development is similar in the television series, where he is a normal boy before slowly adopting a callous and cold personality as a survival mechanism. This behavior puts him into conflict with his father, who idealistically wishes to maintain Carl's childhood morality and innocence. Over time, and with reflection, Carl becomes alarmed and disturbed at his cold ways and, to some degree, regains his sense of morality while still keeping his survival edge. At the same time, his father begins to lose his morality, which eventually puts Carl at odds with him for various reasons, particularly in regards to helping people in need, whom the group meet in their travels.
For his performance as Carl, Riggs won the Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor in 2014. He was also nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series – Leading Young Actor in 2012 and 2013.
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