Prior to succumbing to a walker bite in The Walking Dead season 8 episode 6, Carl Grimes wrote Negan a letter. The contents of that letter were not revealed until after Carl died and his father, Rick, read it.
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Carl (Chandler Riggs) had plenty of time to write letters to the important people in his life before he died, and surprisingly, one of those people is Negan. In his letter, Carl pleaded for a truce between Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his father, Rick (Andrew Lincoln). After seeing their greatest enemy in his vision of a brighter future, Carl thought that perhaps mediating a truce between the two parties through his letter would make the cold-hearted Negan agree to his plea.
However, his death wish had its adverse effect. Rick apparently does not want to settle for peace or a truce. Instead, he wants to kill Negan.
The Walking Dead season 8 episode 10, "The Lost and the Plunderers," saw Rick reading his son's letter for Negan. An HD screenshot of the letter has now made the rounds online. Much of the contents are obscured, but the camera zoomed in on the paragraph that contained the important message.
"Maybe you'll beat us. If you do, there'll just be someone ... the way out is working together. It's forgiveness ... have to be a f...start ...," read the words from paragraph 4.
Carl's plea is the same as what he asked from his father on his deathbed. He asked Rick to make peace with those around him.
However, Rick has a different plan given his reaction after reading Carl's letter. To recap, Rick was out of control and forgot everything he promised his son on his deathbed. Instead, he called Negan on a walkie-talkie, told him that Carl is dead, and threatened to kill him.
Negan, on the other hand, seemingly appeared sad to hear about Carl's death. Fans may remember in a previous episode of The Walking Dead (see video below) that he expressed his desire to have a son just like Carl, so he seemed really sorry to learn that he is dead and tells Rick so. Then he reminds Rick that Carl's death was his own fault.
Meanwhile, other parts of Carl’s letter include the lines “I got bit,” “Maybe you got out,” and “You just want to kill all of us,” to mention a few. See the tweet below for a closer look at the other contents of Carl’s letter to Negan in The Walking Dead Season 8.
Carl’s letter to Negan. #TheWalkingDead pic.twitter.com/8jgJNhFY1S — Enricoh Alfonzo (@Alfonzowords) March 5, 2018