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During his eight seasons on The Walking Dead, Chandler Riggs evolved both as an actor and as a human being, going from ages 10 to 18 in that span. That means a lot of his formative years were spent listening to a bunch of grown adults hollering the name "Carl" a lot, and that has to take its toll on a person. Especially when those grown adults can't quite say "Carl" with any sort of pronunciation consistency.
To that end, Chandler Riggs was likely in a very particular circle of Hell when he stumbled across a viral video on Twitter that's basically a supercut of Walking Dead characters saying his character's name in every way imaginable. It's a pretty short video, but it was enough to spark a hilarious reaction from the actor, as seen below.
In all fairness, I can't imagine that Chandler Riggs was the only person calling out to religious figures in order to make the video stop. Not even TWD's Jesus could help. Sure, just clicking out of that tweet could have done it, but once a video like that gets going, it becomes exponentially harder to stop with each second that passes. And blessed be the viewer who allows the video to cycle through again after the first viewing; they will be the ones to tell the world how many times one can hear "Caw-ral!" before a mental break.
The clip is only 30 seconds long, but still manages to pack a lifetime's worth of "Carl" declarations within. Of course, the craziest thing about it is that the video only incorporates footage from the first two seasons of The Walking Dead, when Carl still has both eyes and a squeak in his voice (and before Shane had his own mental break). Which means that this footage doesn't even reach the point at the prison in Season 3 that cemented Andrew Lincoln's "Coral" within the show's subculture.
Luckily for Chandler Riggs, his first big post-Walking Dead TV role was on ABC's emotional drama A Million Little Things, where his character's name was PJ, which is very hard to mispronounce in the same way as Carl. Granted, Riggs hasn't shown up on A Million Little Lies yet after the midseason hiatus, but he was recently seen doing press along with the show's main stars, so here's hoping PJ will return after having found more inner peace.
Fans can take comfort in knowing there's a slight chance Chandler Riggs could return to the Walking Dead universe by way of a flashback sequence in AMC's upcoming Rick Grimes features. (Assuming they still happen, that is.)