Tonight’s episode may have been less action packed as the previous few, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t hit you emotionally. Indifference was an understatement here as loyalties were in question and hard decisions had to be made considering everything that has happened to them to this point.
After all the chaos at the prison it’s good to wind down and see how this affects some of the group. There was a big focus on characterization between Bob, Tyreese, Michonne, and Carol. Figuring out Bob really isn’t as strong as he appears(sarcasm), Tyreese figuring out what he’s fighting for, Michonne confronting him about that and how he’s going down a path that could have gotten her killed, then Carol coming to terms with the consequences of her actions. There is that balance we’re getting again and that is what makes Walking Dead a great show. The characters are most important, and all the craziness that follows comes second.
Carol once again shows her true colors and for her a lot of strength in her actions. Last episode we learned that it was she who killed the two sick prisoners, and when confronted about this, nothing but indifference. To an extent you can say that between last season and this one there was a shift in responsibility between Carol and Rick. She took on a lot of responsibility and to her that meant making hard decisions. It’s hard to argue with her stance, it really is. Consider everything they have overcome and when it comes down to it she has done nothing more than what was in the interest of the group and damn if it is the right move in terms of morals. Bob on the other hand proved that he is as much a danger to himself as he is to others. That one catalyst which brought out the anger in Daryl. We all know he is sick of losing people and he won’t let Bob’s selfish actions cause anymore, especially knowing Zach is dead because of him wanting a drink.
Now the only thing that as a viewer you’d feel indifferent about was the two who got themselves killed. You kinda knew their fate from the minute they started talking. Then even more as you figure out they weren’t 100% physically. Just felt like something to push the point of the kind of person Carol has become and you kinda brushed it off. That’s not to say you don’t feel some sympathy when you see that the girl was being eaten.
It was very sad to see Carol go, but I think it was the push that Rick really needed right now. Up to now it has been a shared role of leadership between the original group and he really didn’t make any big decisions. All it took was feeling threatened by how Carol handles business to see that she may be that one person who would put a bullet in his head if it was best for everyone elses survival. Where does she go from here? Who knows, she could easily end up with the Governor as well, but anything can happen. All we do know is that all this effort put into her personal growth would be a terrible waste if Carol didn’t make a return.
Again this issue is a lot more subtle, the change of pace needed when things have been all over the place. The two highlights of the episode was between Bob and Carol, everything else you probably wouldn’t have cared more that much. But even so this is the kind of balance they should strive for considering the large cast. Keep them separated, make the focus worthy of that episode, and still show some progression towards something big. We all know the next episode will have us back at the edge of our seats, though for now we can sit back and reflect on the future of those who had some sort of change this moment.