But - spoiler alert - the imminent death a series regular revealed on Sunday's midseason finale startled not only fans and cast members, but the actor as well. As Riggs pointed out, though, he did get eight years on the show, longer than most characters can ever dream of.
Chandler Riggs has appeared in The Walking Dead for seven years and has therefore amassed quite a fortune. He recently purchased a house near the set and was due to start college at a local University. I know how much it hurt him. At one point, he simply exclaimed that it couldn't happen because "Carl can't die!" "I never trusted Gimple or AMC but Chandler did".
Riggs acknowledged how "lucky we have been to be a part of it all and appreciate all the love from fans all these years", but he's still non-plussed that his son is being written off one of the biggest shows on television.
At the end of last night's midseason finale, "How It's Gotta Be", Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) reveals to his father, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) that sometime during the evacuation of Alexandria, he was bitten. "I definitely don't regret any moment of it at all", he said.
He said: "It was the ideal way for him to leave with doing some of the finest work that I've ever seen him do".
Born on June 27 1999 in Atlanta, Georgia, Riggs was cast in the AMC show at the age of ten. He also said he would continue touring the country with his son, in the awkwardly named "Chandler Riggs' Dad's Zombie Roadtrip Riggs' Tours & Autographs".
"I'm taking a gap year right now to focus on acting for a while".
It seems as if no strings will be pulled to keep Carl on the show, as "Walking Dead" showrunner Scott Gimple confirmed on companion show "Talking Dead" that the character would indeed die because of the bite, rising as a walker himself if he isn't killed off by one of his own before doing so.
There will now be a tense three-month wait for fans before the final eight episodes of series eight are aired from February 2018, on Fox in the UK.