Is it a good thing when you really don’t know what to think about an episode?
Does this mean that the writers have given you a “real-life” ambiguity or have they just pushed the real life thing too far? I really can’t decide how I feel about the ending of this episode. We’ve been wondering for a while if Carol has gone over the edge. Is she just a realist in a horrible world or is she teetering into the abyss that Rick was circling last season? Is she a cold-blooded killer or just too kick-ass a woman for Rick to handle? Did she challenge him and his reluctance to act one too many times? I’m just not sure.
Maybe Rick does have his head in the sand and Carol is right. You just send the feeble newbies out to prove themselves and if they get eaten you just move on and mourn your watch. This episode is another reflection of the theme of this series. How do you stay human in the worst possible conditions? How do you know when you have lost your humanity? What kind of world is worth saving? Lizzie puts it bluntly when she says everyone changes and the walkers are just another version of us. Is this a reality you accept? Do we just allow ourselves to become hard, practical and brutal when it comes to protecting our own? Isn’t that who the Governor became? Do we have a choice? Many questions with no answers.
The group at the veterinary college have a similar discussion. Do you just give up and drink anti-freeze or do you keep on fighting to survive even if you are the last one standing? Both Bob and Tyreese consider death as an option preferable to “watching the dominoes fall”. Bob is willing to risk his life to find even a little peace. He almost pulled a gun on Daryl to keep that bit of peace. Daryl, the person who has probably been closest to death before the apocalypse has nothing but contempt for those who give up. How would Daryl respond to the news that Carol was the murderer? How will he respond to her disappearance?
Lizzie continues to be a creepy and perturbing child. She has a child’s view of the walkers and although there is some truth to her view I am worried that she will use her knife to kill or as she might see it – help people change. She tells Carol that she is strong but I tend to agree with her little sister. Lizzie is just messed up. I’m not sure who is going to get hurt when she finds out that Carol is gone.
People are continuing to fall apart. I just can’t decide if the person who disintegrated the most this episode was Rick or Carol. I’m wondering what the impact on the community will be with the loss of Carol (anyone else notice how strong women, particularly single women, just seem to disappear on this show?) and if we will meet her again.
Bits and Pieces
I am now heavily leaning toward Daryl and Michonne as a couple.
I really hope that they walked off with tools, batteries, oil and other stuff from that garage. It looked like a gold mine.
Those were pretty inept and lucky newbies. How did they last this long?
Bob was pretty clear that the walkers who had the flu might make them sick. Would the flu virus keep living in an essentially dead person? And the flu isn’t spread by blood anyway.
Michonne: “It’s a good colour. It brings out your eyes.” (With a smile!)
Sam: “I thought everyone was an asshole before this all went down. Now I love people.”
Michonne: “Anger makes you stupid. Stupid gets you killed.”
Daryl: “Those douchebags in the vines, took themselves out-holding hands-kumbaya style.”
Bob: “Everybody makes it until they don’t. People nowadays’ dominoes. What they did, maybe it’s about not having to watch them fall.”
Carol: “You can be a farmer Rick, you can’t just be a farmer.”
Carol: “Somebody else’s slideshow.”