Something bad happened at the carnival, but what was it?

Walkers - The Walking Dead _ Season 7, Episode 12 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Walkers - The Walking Dead _ Season 7, Episode 12 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC /

In The Walking Dead episode “Say Yes” we saw a bunch of soldiers walking around the carnival. But what were they doing there in the first place?

The Walking Dead’s universe is expanding quickly, but there are still plenty of places that haven’t been explored yet. In episode 712’s “Say Yes” Rick and Michonne came across a high school with a carnival in the field next to it. The school was full of rations and supplies while the carnival was full of Walkers. Where did they all come from? How is it possible that so much food goes unnoticed for so long? What happened there? Should we be worried?

The only thing we can know for sure is that between the dead soldiers and the military rations, the high school was turned into a shelter at some point during the apocalypse. That’s where the certainty leaves the building, because nothing else really makes sense.

The first sign of trouble was that the Walkers were still armed with guns, suggesting that they died in some way other than a Walker attack. Had they been overcome by Walkers while they were alive they would have been devoured and there would not be much left by way of remains. Rick found lots of bullet shells on the ground, suggesting a battle. The perimeter seemed fairly secure, with the Walkers contained for the most part and only an errant deer sneaking into the field. That makes you wonder where the battle took place, and who was fighting.

The soldier stuck in the windshield is intriguing because it suggests that something happened from within the fences, but he doesn’t offer many clues as to what happened. Perhaps the soldiers were using the school as a shelter when something happened. Again, the big question is what happened.

Another key clue is that the supplies are all intact. In fact, the only thing falling apart at the high school is the roof; the rest of the facility is very well fortified, as Rick points out to Michonne when he tries to convince her to spend more time there. The intact fortifications mean that whatever battle took place either led to the death of both parties, or the battle had nothing to do with the supplies.

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This brings me back to the Scavengers. Jadis knew about the boat and was waiting for someone else to do the grunt work before stepping in and taking the guns and jars. Is it possible that Jadis knows full well that there were more guns and supplies at the school, and she’s planning on taking it from Rick?

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At the end of the day there are still a lot of questions about the school and its well-stocked cache of supplies. None of it makes sense. Feel free to join in on the speculation.