Spoilers below for The Walking Dead's midseason finale, "How It's Gotta Be."
For the most part, The Walking Dead's midseason finale was as destructive as any episode has been in the past, with only The Hilltop still standing mostly safe and sound. Something that wasn't destroyed, however, was the sanctity of spoiler freedom, with Carl's big bite reveal actually being kept a secret (mostly) by the Internet's biggest spoiler sites. Crazily enough, this largely unprecedented move was inspired by none other than star Chandler Riggs himself, who personally requested that Carl's impending death stay under wraps.
The biggest of all the spoiler sites, The Spoiling Dead Fans, shocked its fanbase recently by declaring it would not be releasing its usual weekly post of detailed episode teases, saying an explanation would come after the midseason finale aired. That explanation was posted today, and as stated, it involved Chandler Riggs putting out a humbled request for the TSDF admins to keep the big shocker off the site ahead of the midseason finale. (No matter that the site already had a huge thread speculating on the midseason finale's death probably being Carl, with all kinds of specific information backing the claim up.) You can check out the message below, with Riggs' penchant for lower-case lower case lettering flipped to capitals when necessary.
ShinyFirefly, the Spoiling Dead Fans site owner and admin, acknowledged that the site's limited treatment of Season 8's winter finale was something that hadn't happened before in all the years that it has been dedicated to releasing any and all Walking Dead info that's out there. Plus, it wasn't exactly an easy decision to change gears like that and basically do the opposite of the website's central mission, since everyone involved knew that the TSDF Army of fans would not react wholly respectably upon discovering no spoilers were being released. Still, Chandler Riggs' politeness and maturity took the admins by surprise, since they're generally accustomed to getting legal threats and more, and so they decided to honor the actor's wishes.
However, the Spoiler Dead Fans admins did have a single favor of their own, and they asked Chandler Riggs to help deflate a lot of the in-site backlash by writing a message to the TSDF fans about the situation. Perhaps surprisingly, Riggs did just that in one of the more gracious responses imaginable. Check out part of it below.
It will be interesting to see if this approach gets used by anyone else to try and curb unwanted spoilers in the near future, either at The Spoiling Dead Fans or somewhere else. My gut tells me things would happen much differently if so, but without any reports spoiling it for us, we'll just have to wait and see.
Check out what Chandler Riggs had to say about why Carl's death was conceived, and then see if your biggest post-midseason finale questions match up with our list. For the next couple of months, Walking Dead fans will be waiting for that midseason premiere, to hit AMC on Sunday, February 25, at 9:00 p.m. ET. To see what other new shows are coming before then, head to our fall TV premiere schedule and our 2018 midseason premiere schedule.