The Walking Dead Season 4: Carl Becomes a Full-On Sociopath
By the end of of The Walking Dead’s third season, once innocent Carl Grimes had seen more than his fair share of bloodshed and heartbreak. Somewhere between the start of the zombie apocalypse and dad Rick’s mental breakdown, Carl grew up.
The turning point for the younger Grimes was definitely when he was forced to shoot his mom, Lori, after she died in childbirth. In all fairness, Carl only offed his mom so she wouldn’t become a walker, but his actions still went far beyond the scope of what any young kid should be forced to do. Rick’s subsequent breakdown after hearing of Lori’s death didn’t help the situation, and Carl was grieving and alone.
While Rick and Lori had managed to shield their son from as much as possible, he felt nothing after her death, no longer able to differentiate between right and wrong. Season 3 saw Carl get progressively darker and he cemented his sociopath status after he shot an innocent, unarmed survivor looking for help.
According to Rick’s portrayor, Andrew Lincoln, Carl’s mental state will be a big part of the first half of the season. Per TVLine, “The relationship with Carl is integral to the beginning of this season,” he revealed. “Carl turning into a sociopath at the end of last season definitely woke [Rick] up.” As such, you’ll find the perpetual leader “in a completely new place; he’s renounced a lot of his responsibilities for the sake of his children,” Rick said at the show’s panel during San Diego Comic-Con 2013.
With a “new threat” around this season, it sounds like Rick will have his hands full! Do you think Carl will ever be innocent and sweet again? Share your thoughts and theories below!