Chandler Riggs, The Walking Dead

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Did the tragic events of last night's episode of The Walking Dead eat you up inside?

Well, hold on tight: There is more devastating carnage—of both the blood and heartbreak variety—to come.

Here's what producer Gale Anne Hurd spilled about the second season's "jaw-dropping" final two episodes.

(Warning: Cover your eyes if you haven't seen Sunday's episode.)

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Whether you adored or despised the crew's self-professed moral compass, the entire group is going to suffer the aftershocks of Dale's death.

Especially Carl, who began the season as a fairly innocent boy, still capable of wonder at seeing a stag in the wild. Being shot down alongside the magnificent creature? That's what we call foreshadowing, folks!

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"The opportunity we have with Carl's character," Hurd told us, "is to see what it's like with someone growing up in which this is the new normal. You can't get too attached, but you don't want to lose your humanity at the same time.

"As a child you don't know the difference, but as the parents you do, and that's why I think Rick is who he is and does what he does in many instances because he is always trying to think, 'What kind of example am I setting for Carl?'"

But Shane—Carl's other father figure—is less concerned with moral guidance than Carl's survival. With Rick's alter ego, Hurd says, "You are going with a loose cannon. You are going with someone that is so impulsive…a lot of the time it turns out well, but he does have no regard for human life…He could blow at any moment."

Carl definitely was not Rick's mini-me when he stole Daryl's gun and taunted a zombie into freeing itself from the mud—the same walker who would later make a meal out of Dale.

Will Carl be tortured by anguish and guilt, or will he become more hardened? Either way, if the series mimics the comic books, Carl will play major role in the season finale's "shocking cliffhanger."

"When we mixed the last couple of episodes, 2.12 and 2.13," Hurd told us. "Even my jaw dropped—and I was there when we shot it.

"I have a feeling, even though people are inveterate tweeters during episodes, I have a feeling there may be some significant periods of silence because people may not be able to click on their keyboards."

The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. on AMC.

What (or who) do you think is going down in The Walking Dead's final episodes? Make your predictions in the comments!

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