Carl Grimes

Carl Grimes

Name: Carl Grimes
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Brown
Gender: Male
Age: 13
Occupation: Student
First Appearance: Days Gone Bye
Last Appearance: N/A
Actor: Chandler Riggs


Carl Grimes is the first-born child of Rick and Lori Grimes. After the outbreak began, he met and became friends with Carol and Ed Peletier‘s daughter, Sophia. When she went missing after the highway herd scares her off, he became intensely worried about her. While living in the prison, his mother gave birth to his baby sister/half-sister, which he later names Judith after one of his third grade teachers, Judith Mueller. In order to prevent Lori’s reanimation, Carl shot her in the head.


Carl’s face is  lightly freckled, and he has blue eyes like his father’s. Over the course of the show, he grows both mentally and physically. He’s shy, and generally only talks with his parents and the people in the group that he is comfortable talking with. Sometimes, he is disobedient, but does have shame and guilt whenever he has done something that hurts the group. After Otis shoots him accidentally, he becomes more negative as well as more independent. As this goes on, he insults Carol, exposing is pessimistic and rude side. Being curious by nature, he often gets into trouble.

By Season 3, Carl becomes better in combat and loses most of his sense of emotion. (though he does continue to have some morals and feels guilt and shame). Even despite his maturity, he does remain childish, for example, being shy, not speaking in front of the group, and having a crush on Beth Greene.

Trivia about Carl Grimes.

Kills performed by Carl Grimes.

Victim Name When They Were Killed Killed By
 Kill - Dale Horvath Dale Horvath (Indirectly) “Judge, Jury, Executioner” Carl Grimes
 Kill - Shane Walsh Shane Walsh (Zombified) “Better Angels” Carl Grimes
 Kill - Lori Grimes Lori Grimes (Before Reanimation) “Killer Within” Carl Grimes
 Kill - Jody Jody “Welcome to the Tombs” Carl Grimes
 Kill - Walkers Numerous Walkers N/A Carl Grimes


  • Carl is indirectly responsible for the deaths of Dale, having provoked the walker who ended up killing him, and Lori, as preventative measures so she would not reanimate.
  • His “atomic paw” shirt is an easter egg to Robert Kirkman‘s comic series Invincible, where the character Science Dog features the logo.
  • Carl is one of the last two remaining living characters from the first episode, the other being Rick.
  • He has the the second most episode appearances in the series next to his father.
  • He is the first person to receive Hershel Greene’s medical care. The others were Daryl Dixon, Randall, Beth, Michonne, and Allen. He is also the first two be subject to friendly fire.
  • According to Rick, he shares the same blood type as his father: A+.
  • Like other members of the group, Carl no longer believes in God or any kind of afterlife.
  • In the episode “Seed”, Carol reveals that Lori delivered Carl by C-Section. In the comics, Rick is the one who mentions it.
  • Beth and Carl both lost their mothers and own an object that once belonged to one of their parents. Carl owns his father’s hat, and Beth owns her mother’s necklace.
  • Over the course of the outbreak, Carl becomes colder and darker, similarly to his father.
  • Carl’s main sidearm is a Beretta 92FS with a suppressor. The gun he took from Daryl was a Browning BDA, a gun he later used during the farm invasion and to kill Shane and Lori. The gun became his secondary weapon.
  • In “Home”, Carl first attempted to kill a human: the Woodbury gunman in the tower. It also proved that Carl was an accurate shooter, since most of his bullets were close to the gunman. In the same shootout, he is the only one to not use an assault rifle; this is either because he is comfortable with his pistol or Maggie was not able to take one up to him.
  • His first human kill is Jody in “Welcome to the Tombs”.
  • In the comic series, Carl started as being seven years old (later becoming nine), where in the TV Series, he started as being twelve and turning thirteen.
  • In the comic series, Carl kills Shane while he is alive and Rick kills him while he is undead. In the TV Series, it is the opposite.
  • Appearances made by Carl Grimes.


    Episode Episode # Name
    S01E01 - Days Gone Bye
    S01E01 Days Gone Bye
    S01E02 - Guts
    S01E02 Guts
    S01E03 - Tell It to the Frogs
    S01E03 Tell It to the Frogs
    S01E04 - Vatos
    S01E04 Vatos
    S01E05 - Wildfire
    S01E05 Wildfire
    S01E06 - TS-19
    S01E06 TS-19
    S02E01 - What Lies Ahead
    S02E01 What Lies Ahead
    S02E02 - Bloodletting
    S02E02 Bloodletting
    S02E03 - Save the Last One
    S02E03 “Save the Last One”
    S02E04 - Cherokee Rose
    S02E04 “Cherokee Rose”
    S02E05 - Chupacabra
    S02E05 “Chupacabra”
    S02E06 - Secrets
    S02E06 “Secrets”
    S02E07 - Pretty Much Dead Already
    S02E07 “Pretty Much Dead Already”
    S02E08 - Nebraska
    S02E08 “Nebraska”
    S02E09 - Triggerfinger
    S02E09 “Triggerfinger”
    S0E11 - Judge, Jury, Executioner
    S02E11 “Judge, Jury, Executioner”
    S0E12 - Better Angels
    S02E12 “Better Angels”
    S0E13 - Beside the Dying Fire
    S02E13 “Beside the Dying Fire”
    S03E01 - Seed
    S03E01 “Seed”
    S03E02 - Sick
    S03E02 “Sick”
    S03E04 - Killer Within
    S03E04 “Killer Within”
    S03E05 - Say the Word
    S03E05 “Say the Word”
    S03E06 - Hounded
    S03E06 “Hounded”
    S03E07 - When the Dead Come Knocking
    S03E07 “When the Dead Come Knocking”
    S03E08 - Made to Suffer
    S03E08 “Made to Suffer”
    S03E09 - The Suicide King
    S03E09 “The Suicide King”
    S03E10 - Home
    S03E10 “Home”
    S03E11 - I Ain't a Judas
    S03E11 “I Ain’t a Judas”
    S03E12 - Clear
    S03E12 “Clear”
    S03E13 - Arrow on the Doorpost
    S03E13 “Arrow on the Doorpost”
    S03E15 - This Sorrowful Life
    S03E15 “This Sorrowful Life”
    S03E16 - Welcome to the Tombs
    S03E16 “Welcome to the Tombs”

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