Walking Dead's Chandler Riggs opens up on potential Carl Grimes return
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Walking Dead’s Chandler Riggs opens up on potential Carl Grimes return

Published: 21/Aug/2020 15:48 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 12:10

by David Purcell

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Chandler Riggs hasn’t featured in The Walking Dead since Season 8, but that hasn’t stopped fans from pressing the actor on a potential Carl Grimes return. They might now have the answer they were looking for, too. 

AMC’s zombie drama has been tearing it up in Season 10, excelling in ratings and bringing new characters to the forefront of the main plot like The Whisperers. Also, several side pieces for the series are being made, with others rumored.

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We’ve got Fear The Walking Dead coming into its sixth season in October, a Rick Grimes movie coming out, Negan standalone rumors, and even a new two-season series called World Beyond premiering after TWD’s Season 10 finale.

There’s definitely enough space for more spinoffs and fans want to know if Chandler would be interested.

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Carl Grimes coming back in The Walking Dead?

Carl Grimes
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Rick’s son bowed out of The Walking Dead in Season 8, but is that the end for his role on screen?

Carl Grimes might have been killed off in Season 8, but loyal fans of the character aren’t giving up on him just yet. During an Instagram interview with Tommy DiDario, one Walking Dead fan asked if he’d like to see Carl get back on the screen at some point.

“Absolutely. It’s been a lot of fun,” he said. “I don’t really see it happening in any current medium of the show, but maybe, hopefully, in something else.”

Riggs now spends much of his time as a Twitch streamer, where he jumps on big trends like GTA RP. He actually built his character to look just like Rick Grimes’ son in that game. People can still watch him there.

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You can catch the entire interview below.

Chandler Riggs interview

Carl Grimes best moments

Fans of the series will have their own take on Carl Grimes. The moment he lost his right eye was big for him, and some of the later interactions with Negan would keep viewers on the edge of their seats.

Though, there is one period of the show where he thinks Carl flourished the most. He added: “I think Season 4 showed the biggest growth from Carl from start to end. It was the first time that I feel like they let Carl blossom into his own character.”

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“From the end of Season 3 to the start of season 5, all of that in-between, they let Carl grow into his own character, outside of just being ‘the kid’.”

He also said that he enjoyed bouncing off his scripted father, Rick, in the show. Bringing comic scenes into a new medium was also a big deal, he revealed.

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He’s a super fan

Walking Dead Carl Grimes
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An eye patch and a big personality, Carl Grimes was one of The Walking Dead’s most developed characters.

When asked about getting such a huge role at the age of 10, he delved deeper into his love for TWD world.

About the early years, Chandler said: “Honestly, even all the way up until the end, I was the biggest fan of the show while I was on it. I read all the comics, I had everything. I thought it was the coolest thing that I was on a zombie TV show. I played a lot of video games and I would always play zombie killing games and whatnot. To be on a show, where I’m literally living out my dream, was the coolest thing ever.

“Being on the set when I was that old, none of us knew if the show would be picked up after a season. Or, if anybody would actually watch it. At the time it was all about vampires, nobody cared about zombies at the time. It was a big gamble and nobody knew if it would succeed, but it definitely did.”

Chandler might have enjoyed the times of dummy guns and props as a kid, but a spinoff where he’s one of the lead actors at this age would be a different animal. We could see a different side of him.

Whether or not it happens is unknown, but Riggs seems open to trying something to bring him back. The ball is in your court, AMC.

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Henry Cavill as Arthas in Warcraft 2 makes perfect sense: here’s why

Published: 7/Oct/2020 4:11 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 5:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Okay World of Warcraft fans, it’s time to go all-in… Henry Cavill would make a perfect Arthas in Blizzard’s newly rumored Warcraft 2 revival, especially after proving he’s got the fantasy chops as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher.

The original Warcraft movie came out back in 2016, and landed with mixed reviews. World of Warcraft fans loved it, of course; seeing characters like Anduin, Medivh, Gul’dan, and Durotan brought to life on the big screen was a dream come true.

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Critics and general audiences were less convinced. Duncan Jones’ high-fantasy romp in the world of Azeroth was dubbed a failure. A sequel was stamped ‘highly unlikely’ after the box office flop. 

Except, just four years later, the Warcraft rumor mill has thundered back to life. Legendary Entertainment has already green-lit a sequel, according to insider Daniel Ritchman, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson involved.

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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the United States, but made $391.7m overseas.
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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the States, but made $391.7m overseas.

And so, with Warcraft 2 reportedly in development, that leaves us with the biggest question for the sequel; what will the story be? Will the franchise take it step by step, and tell the story of “Tides of Darkness,” or head for a better-selling sequel?

In our opinion, Blizzard’s best bet for the sequel is to skip straight to “Reign of Chaos” and it’s genre-defining expansion “The Frozen Throne.” The third game’s storyline has plenty of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ elements.

Enter fantasy’s man of the hour, Henry Cavill.

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Arthas Menethil is key to Warcraft 3, and Cavill is a perfect pick to play him. The prince’s path to the throne is littered with huge battles, dastardly schemes, and of course, the biggest twist Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise has ever offered up.

Reason number one: I mean, look at Henry Cavill. That speaks for itself.

Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Arthas Menethil.
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Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Warcraft’s Arthas Menethil.

There are other reasons too though. One is that Cavill is a big World of Warcraft fan himself, meaning he’d likely be eager to sign on. I mean come on, the guy missed the news he had been cast as Superman because he was deep in a WoW raid.

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Former Blizzard figurehead Chris Metzen and Rise of the Lich King writer Christie Golden have both given Cavill’s fan-casting their tick of approval too; the Warcraft duo are well and truly “on the [Cavill as] Arthas train.”

Finally, Warcraft 2 will need ticket-selling star power. The first 2016 flick did have plenty of big names ⁠— Vikings lead Travis Fimmell was among them, as was Marvel’s Dominic Cooper ⁠— but none command the same household stardom as Henry Cavill.

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Cavill, 37, is a little old for Arthas in “Reign of Chaos” and “The Frozen Throne,” but if Legendary and Blizzard plan out a trilogy leading into “Wrath of the Lich King” ⁠— which they absolutely should ⁠— the British star will fit perfectly for Menethil’s final Warcraft hurrah.

Heck, cast a younger actor for the opening stage of the prince’s life, then bring Cavill in with a narrative time-jump in the third or fourth Warcraft movie.

Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.
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Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.

The Superman star isn’t the only name being linked to Warcraft 2 either. Fimmel is expected to return as Anduin in the sequel, as is Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar. Paula Patton has also said she’d “love” to return for another Warcraft outing.

The same insider reports that suggested Warcraft 2 is now in the works also tipped Jurassic World lead Chris Pratt as another star who has already been tabled a multi-movie deal.

Duncan Jones, who directed the 2016 release, also said he would happily return as long as there are “less cooks in the kitchen.” Blizzard has yet to officially respond to the reported new sequel, so take everything with a pinch of salt… for now.