There she is! Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) is back in focus — and in lovely profile, as seen here — in The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 14, "The Grove."
The synopsis for this Sunday's March 16 ep mentions the establishment of a "new shelter," and that's probably what we're seeing here with the curtains. You may have seen the sneak peek that aired during Talking Dead. It's creepy — it shows the inside of what actually looks like a well-appointed cabin in the woods. We hear old-fashioned music, maybe from a record player somewhere, and a gas burner has water boiling on the stove. The camera heads to the window and we see a child playing with a walker in the backyard. You can't see the child; it could be Mika (Kyla Kenedy), but you know we always associate weird kid stuff with Lizzie (Brighton Sharbino).
So between that sneak peek and this photo, it's possible Carol is looking out the window and seeing this game of walker tag. Or maybe she just sees kids at play, since she doesn't have a concerned look on her face (yet).
The promo does show Carol crying at one point, and if we had to guess, we'd guess something very bad happens with at least one of the kids. People get bitten by walkers all the time in the apocalypse (remember poor Meghan?) and if Lizzie does something bad, well, it's not like the show hasn't been giving us hints along the way. The zombie apocalypse has messed with her mind. Mika has to be messed-up, too, in her own way, and baby Judith is not having the best first year.
But this particular photo suggests at least a calm, if not joy or contentment, before whatever storms may be ahead. In this moment, maybe Carol hopes they can do the Team Richonne thing from Episode 9 and try to make this a new home. We've seen how shelter isn't safe for very long — from Rick Grimes’s (Andrew Lincoln) "Claimed" experience to Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Beth Greene’s (Emily Kinney) funeral home in “Alone.” They should probably all go to Sasha’s (Sonequa Martin-Green) amazing loft space and just stay there. There's enough room.
What do you suspect will happen this week in “The Grove”? This ep was written by showrunner Scott Gimple himself, and Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene) hinted that it was one of her favorites of the season, so we have high expectations. Will it be the “most controversial episode” ever, as teased some months ago, or is that one still to come?
The Walking Dead Season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.