The Walking Dead star Danai Gurrira has paid tribute to her on-screen stepson Chandler Riggs.
Danai Gurrira pays touching tribute to Chandler Riggs at London Walker Stalker
Gurrira plays Michonne on the hit zombie series, the friend and mother figure of the recently deceased Carl Grimes, played by Chandler Riggs.
It was revealed Riggs was leaving the show late last year, when his character Carl unveiled a fatal wound. He officially left the series this year in depressing scenes that saw him say goodbye to Michonne and his father Rick (Andrew Lincoln) before ending his own life.
Speaking at Riggs’ panel at London Walker Stalker Convention, Gurrira said: “Chandler has been my heart on this show, quite completely. It was really hard. It was really really hard. I was very not happy about losing him and it was really hard to go through that journey with him at the end.
“His work has always been so stellar. As I walked on that set for the first time, I was the new kid on the block and it was amazing how there was this beautiful, sweet, kind, mature heart in this young man. It was from the get-go.
“And then we got to working together, and I always say this because it’s true, I found Michonne’s heart through interacting with Carl. I found my footing, feeling like I was at home on that set, through interacting with Chandler.
“I don’t even know how to begin to thank you for that – because literally, he was eleven years old!”
Walker Stalker Convention takes place at Kensington Olympia on March 10-11 2018. The Walking Dead airs Mondays on FOX at 9pm.
Chandler Riggs on one of his final episodes of “The Walking Dead.” Gene Page/AMC
“The Walking Dead” actor Chandler Riggs may say there are no hard feelings over the way his character was killed off on the shows mid-season premiere in February, but his tweets about the AMC series continue to hint otherwise.
In a series of four tweets, Riggs called out the silly way his character Carl ended up dying on the series Monday. After surviving close calls with cannibals, an unruly biker gang, Negan, and a gunshot wound to the face, Carl was bit by one of the undead after tripping and falling in the woods.
“me @ carl when he died from tripping over a tree root after proving numerous times that hes great at at [sic] surviving,” Riggs wrote with accompanying photos of himself making faces.
Carls character is still alive in the comic series. He doesnt show any signs of an upcoming death so his show death came as a surprise to the fandom.
This isnt the first time Riggs has poked fun at the way his character went out on the show.
Weeks before his onscreen show death, Riggs tweeted about the embarrassing way his character wound up bit by a zombie.
“When u spend like 3 years in the apocalypse but die bc you tripped and fell,” he wrote.
He tweeted a few days later after the Super Bowl using the meme of the selfie kid who went viral.
His tweets make it easy to look like the star is holding a bit of a grudge against the AMC series. If youre familiar with Riggs sense of humor, you know hes been making jokes at the shows expense for some time on social media.
Ahead of the “Walking Dead” mid-season premiere in February, Riggs said despite any jabs he tweets about, hes not bitter about how his character left the show.
“I like my jokes, but Im not really bitter about it,” Riggs told INSIDER when asked about his tweets in February.
“When [the December mid-season finale] first aired, the amount of messages that I got on Reddit and the amount of comments that I got on Instagram and then Twitter and everything, it was really just kind of overwhelming with just the amount of support coming from fans that were super sad to see my character go,” Riggs continued. “But the majority of them were just really, really excited to see where I go next and thats kind of the attitude that I had towards it and Im really happy that a lot of my fans have the same attitude towards it as well.”