You guys, we’re pretty worried about Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride).
If you haven’t watched The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 3: “Isolation” yet, then we suggest you click away and re-evaluate your priorities. For those of you that did tune in on October 27, you know that Carol was the one who burned David and Karen’s bodies. Shocking, we know.
Since her own daughter Sophia’s death, Carol has gradually changed from a weak, abused woman into a true fighter and leader. Once our band of survivors made it to the prison, Carol proved that she was a force to be reckoned with, determined not to lose anyone else she cared about unnecessarily. Soon Carol was teaching the kids how to use knives and fight walkers on their own.
While Carol’s decision to kill and burn Karen and David (both of whom had been infected with the flu) was drastic to say the least, one could argue that she did it for everyone else’s benefit. By killing them, Carol was trying to contain the sickness and prevent it from spreading so no one else would die.
Unfortunately her plan didn’t work and to everyone else it just looks like two people were murdered in cold blood. Carol also didn’t know for sure that the flu would kill Karen and David, and they had already been quarantined from the general prison population as soon as they knew they were ill. For all Carol knew, all David and Karen needed was some rest and they could have made a full recovery.
Unlike borderline sociopathic Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) however, we did see Carol show some remorse and guilt over her plan of action. When Tyreese (Chad Coleman) — who was dating Karen at the time of her death — asked Carol to look in on his sick sister Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) because he knew she cared about others, Carol waited until Tyreese walked away before breaking down and sobbing.
Carol’s reputation in the prison had been that she was kind but tough, but when and if everyone finds out what she did, our guess is that people will no longer look at her that way. Tyreese certainly won’t.
And despite her brief cry, when Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) asked Carol if she murdered Karen and David, any hint of guilt or remorse was gone. “Yes,” she matter-of-factly replied before walking away in the episode’s closing scene.
As we mentioned above, we don’t think Carol has reached Carl’s level of disturbed, but we do think her actions were a bit rash, even if we are to believe that she did what she did to protect Team Prison as a whole.
But what do you think: Did Carol go too far, or were her actions entirely justified? Weigh in below!
The Walking Dead Season 4 airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.