The Walking Dead: Did Carol make the right decision in ‘Some Guy’

Carol (Melissa McBride), Ezekiel (Khary Payton) and Jerry (Cooper Andrews) in The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 4Photo by Gene Page/AMC
Carol (Melissa McBride), Ezekiel (Khary Payton) and Jerry (Cooper Andrews) in The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 4Photo by Gene Page/AMC /

Carol has shown us time and again that she can fend for herself on The Walking Dead. But in “Some Guy” she uncharacteristically falters.

For white-knuckled fans watching the November 12 episode of The Walking Dead, “Some Guy,” it looked like Carol had the Saviors on the run and was about to pounce. She hesitated after seeing her friends in trouble, which almost cost them the entire mission. Could her feelings have stood in the way?

Since the third season of The Walking Dead, Carol has been quietly developing into a badass. She’s awesome, and despite being cast out, shot at, shot, captured, and almost dead on so many occasions, she just comes back stronger. And her cookies aren’t bad, either.

When she falters in “Some Guy” it’s clear that she is battling inside. Does she help Ezekiel and Jerry, or does she stop the Saviors from taking the guns? The entire army of Kingdommers has been slaughtered save for Carol, the King, and Jerry. Could she let them all die in vain?

The simple answer: Yes. She can.

Carol allowed the Saviors to escape so that she could save Ezekiel and Jerry. She could have stopped them from leaving, but she was forced to make a split-second decision and she went with saving her friends. Thankfully, Rick and Daryl were nearby, ready to intercept the Saviors as they escaped. It was Todd’s final words that told them where they needed to be so they were in the right place at the right time.

This wasn’t a typical Carol move. She has shown us over time that she can sacrifice one person to save the whole. Cut off the head so that the body can live and all of that. But in this case she didn’t go that route, and instead she save Ezekiel. She and Ezekiel have a bond that is something more than she has ever had with Daryl. They understand each other on some basic level, ever since the moment Ezekiel came clean to her about his past.

Could it be that Carol has feelings for Ezekiel? Perhaps. Could it be that she’s just tired of losing people? Absolutely. Is it possible she understands the role that “the King” has amongst his people? Certainly. While we may never learn the actual reasons for her decision, it’s safe to say that since the guns were recovered, she opted for the happy ending and got it when she saved Ezekiel.

As Ezekiel mourns the death of Shiva and the brave men and women of the Kingdom, Carol will be there to help him pick up the pieces. We don’t know this for sure, but she seems to be sticking around the Kingdom and it isn’t just for Jerry’s cobbler.

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