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The Walking Dead, Character Development & Carol


So. I am a huge fan of The Walking Dead. I’ve only read the first graphic novel, but have watched the tv show religiously. The end of this Sunday’s episode served me a severe kick in the butt.

Carol: The Walking DeadOne of the characters, Carol Peletier, has become one of my favourites over the course of the series. I am a sucker for any character with crazy awesome character development, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that she fascinates me. When we first meet Carol, she is a mere shadow of everything that she will become. By the time season 4 comes around, she’s become a person who refuses to be a victim any longer, who will fight to protect those who are weaker than herself, and who will protect those that she comes to believe are her own family.

Carol is portrayed by Melissa McBride. McBride’s done an absolutely phenomenal job at making Carol believable and likeable. I haven’t seen much of McBride’s other work, but am definitely going to be keeping my eye out for her going forward as she’s extremely talented.

When we first meet Carol, she’s in an abusive relationship, and seems very much to be afraid of her own shadow. It takes her husband turning into a walker to allow her the opportunity to grow as a character. She has been through so much throughout the series – including surviving an abusive husband, and the loss of her young daughter – and it turned her into such a strong character.

While I started out the series feeling a mixture of indifference and pity towards Carol, the past few seasons saw these feelings change and grow to the point where she became one of my favourite characters. I find her to be the most interesting character on the show; from what I have heard about the comics, her character arc is quite different in the television show, but I think the writers have developed such an extraordinary character that it pained me so much to see what happened on Sunday’s episode.

Two episodes ago, we find that she killed a couple of people in their group because they were sick – her reasoning is that they would infect or kill others in the group. At the end of this most recent episode, Rick kicked her out of the group while out on a supply run with her. The ending of the episode includes shots of her driving away on her own, and completely ripped my heart out.

The reason this upsets me so much is that Carol is really the most developed female on the show. (Yes Michonne is kick ass. But she’s a mystery and is very hard to empathize with because we don’t know enough about her.) In fact, Carol is one of the most developed characters on the whole show. Obviously those that are on the show longer will be more developed, but there are so few left from the first season that many of the current main characters haven’t had nearly enough screen time to get to the point she has. Most of those who are as developed as her are… well, for the most part dislikable or boring. (Aside from Daryl, who is absolutely dreamy!)

With her leaving, I have to wonder who I am really going to be cheering for next episode. I don’t like Rick or Carl. Maggie and Glenn are boring. I don’t understand Michonne… at least Daryl and Hershel are both still great characters that I can root for.

I really hope that this isn’t the last that we see of Carol. We don’t see her die, so she maybe could come back… I mean Merle came back. There’s always some kind of hope, right?

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 7:14 am November 6, 2013.
Category: TV