The Walking Dead: Carol may finally be ready to go home

Morgan jones (Lennie James) and Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) in The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 14Photo by Gene Page/AMC
Morgan jones (Lennie James) and Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) in The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 14Photo by Gene Page/AMC /

Carol left Alexandria before All Out War started on The Walking Dead. It seems like she may finally be ready to rejoin the family.

It seems like Carol has been separated from Team Family for a very long time on The Walking Dead. Even though in the show’s timeline it hasn’t been that long since she’s been gone it has felt wrong for her to be gone. And now it looks like she may be ready to go home.

Carol has transformer herself so many times already that it’s not a surprise that she can adapt so well to any new situation or threat. But her last transformation wasn’t a positive one. After the events of “The Same Boat” she went to a dark place emotionally and tried to distance herself from those she loved and make peace with her ability to kill without hesitation for those she loves.

But after the deaths of Glenn and Carl and the attack on The Hilltop Carol seems to be changing again. She has seen Morgan go down the path to Crazytown that she almost took and that has caused her to pull herself back from the brink once more. Her conversations with Morgan and Ezekiel in “Still Gotta Mean Something” indicated that Carol might finally be ready to return to Rick, Daryl, and the others.

No one knows what will happen when the war is over or if there will be an Alexandria to go back to. But the fight for The Hilltop and the events afterward seem to made her realize that separating herself from the people she loves isn’t the right path.

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Carol’s Complicated Relationship With Ezekiel

Carol and Ezekiel bonded from the start after he dropped his king persona and got real with her. But in “Still Gotta Mean Something” Ezekiel was pretty harsh with her in order to get her to do what he thought was right.

She initially went out with Morgan to look for Henry more to keep an eye on Morgan than to look for Henry. And when Ezekiel tried to guilt trip her into going to look for Henry she told him that Maggie needed her at The Hilltop. As always her first thought was to protect her family.While Carol still feels a bond with Ezekiel ultimately her loyalty and her heart belong with Rick, Daryl, Maggie and the others at Alexandria.

All Out War is quickly coming to an end. No one knows at this point what communities, if any, will be left standing when it’s all over or how those communities will begin to rebuild and move forward.Carol grudgingly became a contributing member at The Kingdom once she realized that fighting The Saviors was inevitable.

But Carol’s realization that she can’t shut down her feelings and separate herself from people in order to avoid the pain of losing them, or to avoid killing, could be a signal that she’s ready to return to Team Family and help them move forward towards a sustainable future in whatever form that takes