Rumours recently hit the internet and The Walking Dead fan base, suggesting that actor Chandler Riggs would be leaving the show and his character of Carl Grimes behind very soon.

Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes / Credit: AMC

Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes / Credit: AMC

The rumours started after Riggs' father William announced his son had been accepted into Auburn University, before he took to Facebook to congratulate Carl on finishing a seven-year contract with the show and AMC.

Taking to Instagram, Riggs' mother Gina-Ann suggested that her son's character may not be leaving the show after all, writing:

"Don't over analyze. His seven year contract is up. That's all he was saying, nothing else. Pretty big accomplishment for a child actor (and for the parent who had to quit his job for this child to be able to follow his dream)."

This isn't a statement which definitively says whether or not Riggs will be staying with the show for the long term, but the fact Gina-Ann felt she needed to comment on the rumours really does say a lot.

The Walking Dead continues Sundays in the US on AMC and Mondays in the UK on FOX.

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