While we all may be sad that the summer is over, there is something exciting in store for TV fans: fall premiere season. And perhaps no show is quite as hotly anticipated as AMC's apocalyptic drama The Walking Dead. Season 6's finale was way back in April, so fans have been waiting quite some time to return to the world of the dead, and most importantly find out who the hell Negan beat to death with his barbed wire bat Lucille. But aside from the Negan cliffhanger, there's a bunch of main characters who aren't in danger of dying and still have important stories to tell in the series. And perhaps none of these is more important than everyone's favorite cookie lady, Carol.

Carol had been going through yet another transition last year, as regret and guilt for her various murders began to creep into her mind. Now Melissa McBride (who has been robbed of Emmy and Golden Globe nominations way too many times) has revealed where Carol is headed in Season 7.

This is a different season. She's definitely got some healing to do in her mind and where she wants to be on this earth, or she wants to stick around or what.

This statement comes to us from ComicBook.com, who had the chance to speak with Melissa McBride about her character's arc in the upcoming season. Let's break down what McBride is telling us.

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For one, homegirl definitely has some healing to do. Both physically and emotionally. The last we saw Carol she was being hunted down by a Savior that she didn't quite kill. He ended up cornering the cookie lady on the road and shot her in both the leg and her arm. Luckily, Morgan was there to save the day (and break his rule about not killing people), but Carol is definitely pretty messed up. Again. She already got hit by a car for goodness sake.

Of course, Melissa McBride is most likely talking about Carol's emotional journey more than her myriad injuries. Carol's guilt over killing and her inability to stop doing it was a major focus in the back half of Season 6. We saw her make a list of her victims, which surely brought up old feelings about Karen, David, Mika, And Lizzie. And while she was processing these feelings, she and Maggie were taken by The Saviors and she was forced to kill even more people. Will her guilt continue to plague her, or is the big picture with The Saviors, The Hilltop, and The Kingdom going to help her come back into her own?

Additionally, Morgan and Carol's relationship is sure to be an interesting plot in Season 7. Their conflicting ideologies were captivating in Season 6, and now that Morgan has killed for her it will once again change and excite the audience.

The Walking Dead will return to AMC October 23rd.

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