You’ll shoot your eye out, kid! The Walking Dead TV show is always a remix of the comic books, and when something big happens on TV it doesn’t often happen to the same person on screen that it did in print. For example…
*comic book spoilers ahead*
… in the book, Tyreese (Chad Coleman) had his head chopped off by The Governor (David Morrissey) during the prison battle instead of Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson); Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) secretly put down child killer Ben in the comics, whereas, on TV, Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) secretly killed Karen and David, then shot child killer Lizzie.
Way back in Season 2, Carl was shot by Otis, and that also happened in the comics (although other details were changed). Now we’re in the Alexandria Safe-Zone, just before a section of the comic book where there's a giant herd attack. In the panic, ASZ leader Douglas Monroe starts shooting wildly and hits Carl in the head. Carl ends up losing his right eye and part of his face. He survives, but with memory loss, forgetting things like the fact that his mom died back at the prison.
Will they cover that storyline in the superized Season 5 finale?
According to The Spoiling Dead Fans, no, it won't happen in the Season 5 finale. However, that doesn't change much of anything when it comes to Season 6. Douglas is now Deanna Monroe, and they could change other details on who is where and does what in the herd attack, but there's no way the herd attack won't happen and it just remains to be seen how they cover it, who dies, and what it might mean for Carl's overall story. (Early prediction: Alexandria herd attack starts in Season 6 premiere, with No Way Out covered in first three episodes.)
A while back, TWD fan Trev made a YouTube video questioning whether Carl might lose an eye in Season 5. The Governor lost an eye back in Season 3 and they covered it up with an eye patch, so it’s not like it’s a major issue for the TV story to deal with, unlike having to CG Rick’s hand (if they ever go in that direction). However, Trev guessed “no” on the Carl/eye question, speculating that it would be changed, and maybe someone else would be shot in a remix of that storyline. Fans shared their thoughts in the comments, with one arguing, “It should happen. Its important to Carl's character because of the memory loss. It really hardens him and I think its important that it happens.”
Maybe it will. They already changed Carl’s TV story by taking away the Ben/Billy child killer storyline, and giving him this connection with Enid (TV Carl is older than comic Carl at this point), so maybe they don’t want to take away another major milestone. As Robert Kirkman told TheWalkingDead.com after “The Grove,” “There are certain things on the road to Carl’s evolution that are important benchmarks that push him along on his journey, and the Ben and Billy situation was definitely one of them, but the show is doing well and is theoretically going to go for a while, and there are a lot of things Carl’s going to have to do that can replace that situation and affect him in possibly better ways. There’s always room to explore those possibilities, and I don’t really feel like I lost anything by taking this situation from Carl and giving it to Carol.”
We’re definitely expecting them to keep the Carl/Negan stuff on TV, but what about Carl taking another bullet — this one to the face? Do you think they should have Carl be shot (again) and lose an eye, so he can start to look badass like this? Should someone else get the eye treatment? Should they skip it, since Carl was already shot and The Governor already lost an eye, and some TV fans might find it repetitive?
The Walking Dead Season 5 finale airs at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.