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'The Walking Dead': Carl's assault will not be forgotten in season 5

Chandler Riggs plays Carl Grimes in "The Walking Dead"
Chandler Riggs plays Carl Grimes in "The Walking Dead"
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On the season finale of "The Walking Dead," Carl was the victim of an attempted assault. Rick ended up saving him by using his teeth, but one has to wonder if the incident is going to be forgotten about or not. On April 7, WetPaint reported that in "The Walking Dead" season 5, Carl's ordeal is not going to be glossed over or forgotten.

Being attacked or nearly assaulted would affect anyone and Carl is no exception. After he was saved by his dad, he was laying on Michonne's lap and overheard his father talking. When Rick told Daryl that everything he does is for his son, Carl had a dark, haunted look in his eyes. Later on the season finale, he told Michonne about his father being proud of him and he didn't seem to appreciate the words. In fact, Carl called himself a monster. If he already has darkness in him and thinks of himself as a monster, then this attack will probably cause him even more problems.

If the attack isn't going to somehow be related to something else that happens down the road, then there would be no point to write it into the script. Carl's assault was put in the season finale for a reason, but fans are going to have to wait until later this year to find out why. Robert Kirkman spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about Carl's attack and what Rick had to do to save his son,

“Rick is resigned to the fact that this is what he's going to have to do to survive. I don't think he's particularly shamed or happy about what he's doing; he's accepting his fate. You have to do what you have to do, and that's something he'll be dealing with quite a bit."

He added,

"[Seeing Carl almost raped and the experience with The Claimers] will not be glossed over. This is not a show that introduces things like that into a character's past and then doesn't deal with them. It will be very much at the forefront when it comes to Rick, Carl, and even Daryl's character as we move forward.”

It is interesting that Kirkman mentioned that Daryl Dixon's character would be dealing with Carl nearly being raped. He will probably feel guilty because he was with the Claimers. Even though he knew they weren't the most noble people, there is no way he could have imagined that one of them would try to sexually assault Carl. So will Daryl try to do more to protect Carl, will he become angry and start lashing out or will he bottle up his guilt and deal with it in other ways?

"The Walking Dead" season 5 is scheduled to air on AMC in October 2014.