The Walking Dead’s mid-season premiere offered up a lot of tense scenes, including Carol and her decision to go rogue once again.
The much awaited mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead season 10 was a much talked about episode. From the freaky deaky between Alpha and Negan, to the close call with Jerry, to possibly losing two lives, to Carol going rogue, once again. Her actions, however, are reminiscent of another time when she took matters into her own hands, triggers a different kind of chain reaction.
One can’t help but look at the similarities of Carol’s actions in the mid-season premiere and look back to the parallel from “Isolation” (season 4, episode 3). Back at the prison, Carol decided to take matters into her own hands and kill Karen and David. They had symptoms of the sickness, and Carol, trying to do a noble thing, kills them to prevent the spread of the sickness. Even though she tried to do something good, she knew it would be unacceptable because she hid the fact that she was the one who killed them. Her actions not only ended the lives of Karen and David and also caused Rick and Tyresse to have an all out brawl.
In the next episode, “Indifference” (season 4 episode 4), Rick gives her supplies and a vehicle and banishes her from the group. He says no one will be able to trust her when they find out what she did. “Rick, it’s me. No one else has to know. I thought you were done making decisions for everyone,” Carol says with tears streaming down her face.
Fast forward to the cave in “Squeeze” (season 10, episode 9). Carol, so visibly shaken when she sees Alpha staring at them as they are trapped in the cave, lets out an anguished scream. Later, she talks to Daryl about wanting to hurt Alpha, not just kill her but making her suffer before she dies for what she has done. We can sympathize with Carol and her distress but she isn’t thinking clearly. She should be listening to Daryl, who always has her best interest in mind. And we can’t forget that although the group followed her, it was Carol who followed Alpha into the cave in the first place.
But, once again, Carol acts on her own and it may have cost two lives in the process. As she sits there with tears streaming down her face begging Daryl to tell her how he feels it is hard to feel sorry for her.
Carol is a strong person in this world but she acted too emotionally in both of the scenes referenced and it caused tremendous pain for others. It is a hard pill to swallow but I don’t think Daryl and Carol’s relationship will ever be the same.