Carl flees his small town with his mom, Lori, and Shane. He is a kind boy - inquisitive and intelligent - but quiet, struggling in this new world and still trying to come to terms with the fact that he may never see his father again. He has bonded a great deal with Shane, his dad’s best friend, who always takes time to talk with him, teach him things, and make him feel like he still has a father figure. Carl worships his father and believes, as only a child can, that Rick is indestructible and that blind faith in his father helps provide comfort to Lori, who isn’t as confident that Rick will return to them. Carl’s closest friend is Sophia, Carol’s daughter, as well as the Morales children, all of whom he regularly plays with, helping to keep him in a child’s world as much as possible. However, he is frequently confronted with the realities of his harsh new world when he witnesses shocking violence and has to say goodbye to even more people he cares about.