After Robert Kirkman teased that Carl (played by Chandler Riggs) would survive his walker bite after all, the teen took his life into his own hands by shooting himself before the virus took hold.
While Carl always seemed like the only hero of the AMC series with a free hall pass to the final episode, Shane Walsh (Jon Bernthal) predicted the youngster’s death years ago.
Shane famously shacked up with Lori Grimes (Sarah Wayne Callies) and was about to take the reins as Carl’s father; until Rick (Andrew Lincoln), who was presumed dead, woke from his coma and miraculously tracked down his family to find they had teamed up with some new friends.
Naturally, Rick soon ousted Shane as leader of the pack and with testosterone boiling over it was only a matter of time before the fists came out.
“I don’t think you can do it, Rick,” Shane kicked off. “I don’t think you can keep [Carl and Lori] safe.”
In turn, The Walking Dead fans have speculated that Carl’s fate was written in the stars.
Reddit user Blockheadharper wrote: “Back in season 2 of TWD, Shane told Rick that he couldn’t keep Lori and Carl safe.
“Now in Season 8, Shane was right. Rick couldn’t keep Lori or Carl alive. What do you guys think about this?”
One fellow user agreed: “Actually, Shane was right, regardless if you/I want him to be wrong.
“He stated Rick couldn’t keep Lori and Carl safe. It doesn’t matter whose fault it was that got Lori or Carl killed. Rick still couldn’t keep them safe.”
However, they added: “On the other hand, Shane could have possibly done a much poorer job at keep anybody safe.”
Although, another user spotted a major flaw in the theory, hitting back: “Technically Shane was wrong on both accounts.
“As far as Carl goes, Shane felt Carl was too soft and Rick wasn’t up to the task of raising him to be tough. Rick taught him to he tough and strong, to the point where Rick would pull him back a few times.
“Carl ended up dying because he disobeyed Rick’s aggressive teachings at the end. Rick didn’t want Carl to try to befriend Siddiq. Carl did that on his own, going against Rick’s wishes. That isn’t Rick’s fault.”
Since Carl’s tragic demise, actor Chandler Riggs has been “overwhelmed” by the fan reaction.
“I didn’t know that this many people connected to him like on such an extreme level,” he told The Wrap.
“It was really overwhelming and fascinating to see how many people loved the character and how excited they were to see how the story was going to end.”
The Walking Dead continues tomorrow on AMC and will follow a day later on FOX UK.