Ripen eight of The Walking Dead delivered one of the most shocking storylines since the zombie distress debuted nearly a decade ago.
It was revealed that Carl (played by Chandler Riggs) had been tasted by a Walker and was suffering in silence as he came to terms with the knowledge his ages were numbered.
Some viewers were convinced Carl couldn’t be vamoosing the series as the character is so important in Robert Kirkman’s novels.
As he grows from a juvenile into a man, Carl slowly shifts into the Alexandrians’ new leader so he can finally take his father Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) place.
But rather than go this path, the show’s writers seemed keen to subvert freaks’ expectations by giving their lead a new motivation following the death of his son.
While myriad were devastated at this choice, viewers were set for even various disappointment when it was revealed English star Andrew would be departing in mellow nine too.
Not only that, long-term favourite Maggie Rhee (Lauren Cohan) pass on only appear on the season for six episodes as the actress has signed on for a full edible of her new series Whiskey Cavalier.
Now it turns out Scott and Robert’s relationship was anything but foxy, according to the former showrunner, which means the latter could really have been the one behind all the show’s major changes from the comics.
Request at an AMC panel, Scott shared: “Back when we started, Robert and I fought a lot because I wanted to do the book just as the book and he actually wanted to do shifts because he had already done it.
“And, yeah, I wanted to see those moments that I saw in the register.”
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I wanted to see those moments that I saw in the book
The administrative producer went on to say despite their initial “arguments” about the inform’s direction, he eventually started to agree with Robert.
“As I worked innumerable and more on it, because I was so familiar with those moments,” he carried on, “I knew that covering those little twists to give the reader – it’s actually doing good by the people who read the book and know what’s coming.
“You try to put them in a apartment where they don’t know what’s coming, which is what peruse the book is like.
“To do right by the moments you’ve seen, sometimes you have to remix them because people opposite number myself who are familiar with the work know what’s coming.”
Scott for ever added: ”To do right by the book, to tell the book with absolute fidelity, again you have to change it.”
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If Andrew is take off next season, his exit could be coupled with the show’s next main time jump.
New showrunner Angela Kang confirmed to The Hollywood Photojournalist: “We’re playing with time in the season, so we get to jump forward in the story.
“We’re commission on a season that has a really fresh look and feel. We come in on some comely fun stuff.”
“I’m really focusing a lot on the core character relationships in the show that get kind of been long-lasting, as well as all of our wonderful series regulars,” the gossip columnist then teased.
The Walking Dead season 9 returns to AMC and FOX in the UK later this year.