The Walking Dead is still a tough act to follow, but it's definitely trailing its own heyday. But by the end of the episode, he was seen slumped on the ground, holding his stomach, apparently bitten by a zombie.
No specific reason was given as to why Chandler Riggs was sacked from The Walking Dead, but the show has been hit with a lot of controversy as of late.
Held up as a game-changing moment, Carl's forthcoming death will have a marked effect on season 8, but it seems that endgame shocker wasn't enough to save the show's dwindling ratings.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, while the partial finale didn't quite hit a season low, it still "brought in 25 percent fewer viewers than the comparable episode last fall".
Emotions will run high when the second half of "The Walking Dead" season 8 returns in February.
So that's how we look at Sunday's seventh season winter finale numbers: 7.9 million viewers and a 3.4 rating among adults 18-49.
Can The Walking Dead stage a resurgence, though?
Walking Dead executive producer Scott Gimple has come under major fire online as the culprit responsible for Carl's likely death. I know how much it hurt him. That kind of says it all.
"It's all having to do with the greater story of the season", Gimple stated. It will be very apparent, the relationship of this terrible incident - this very intense story turn - to the greater story.
I mean, the likelihood is that the grave does belong to Carl Grimes, but I guess we will have to wait and see if this is actually the case. It has everything to do with what happens throughout the rest of season eight.
The steady decline in ratings has led some to question why The Walking Dead hasn't yet been renewed for a ninth season. Whether the long-running series can bounce back in time for February 25th will be told in time, but for now, the writing is on the wall: viewers are beginning to grow exhausted of AMC's apocalyptic flagship.