While I do agree that Carl's death is different from the others simply because he's essentially the most important character in the comics, I think that his death, in terms of story and narrative structure, is not so beaches near manly at all.
Robb rallies the Northern lords to go rescue his sisters and avenge his father.
Carl instead shoots undead Shane in the head.
In the present, Carl shows his bite wound to Rick and gives him the stack of letters that he wrote to the group.
Rick takes opportunity to bond with Carl and teaches him how to free the car by using traction.
Carl then watches helplessly as his father is dragged by Negan into the RV to take him on a "trip", leaving him behind with the remaining survivors.
Carl comes out of the shadows on the opposite end of the car, reassuring the group that his father and the others will return, and that they'll need to be prepared when they do.
The group encounters Fr.