Spoiler warning for Episode 2 of The Walking Dead Season 6.
Few on TV experience the kind of character arcs that Carol has gone through on The Walking Dead. Upon reaching Alexandria in Season 5, she was able to draw on her former days as a wife and mother to develop the matronly persona that almost everyone immediately attached to. (Even Sam did, as cookies always outweigh getting chastised and half-threatened with a knife.) We fully expected her to play happy homemaker for quite a while, but “JSS” changed all that, and it looks like Carol will be more like her “real” self moving forward.
When asked about how her position within the community will change after everyone saw that she was a wisely conniving hero with killer skills, actress Melissa McBride said that the jig is up.
Like last week, when Alexandria’s herd-heeders got a taste of a random walker attack and failed to do much beyond cower in the process, the people inside of the formerly safe haven got their own proof of how horrifying the world is these days. To be fair, the Wolves were intentionally far deadlier than brainless packs of walkers, so their lesson was heightened, but still. Looking outside of a window and seeing someone get shanked with a machete is at the opposite end of the societal spectrum from lauding Carol for her baking achievements.
Losing Carol as the den mother is probably going to take a mental toll on some of these survivors who desperately need something from the “normal” world to cling to. It’s entirely possible that they could all sort of look past the buckets of blood on her hands and revert back to hitting her up for recipes. Of course, that’ll have to happen after they bury all the people who died in the Wolves’ attack, and as they’re repairing the walls, and as they’re anticipating the next big attack. Nothing makes casseroles look better than when everything else is a sign of fledgling mortality.
Here’s what McBride told THR about the effect of her lost persona.
Personally, I’m most invested in seeing how Carol and Morgan get along from this point forward, since she messed with his “no kill” rule. But I’m generally interested to see if people start treating her with even more reverence now. What do you guys think?
The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights on AMC.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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