Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) has been letting some major damage show in Season 4. Telling Mika Samuels "don't call me mom," for example, even though she said it on accident. Claiming she hasn't lost any children even though her daughter Sofia was killed. Teaching the living children how to use a knife. Then ultimately, killing David and Karen because "someone had to try." Carol is having some kind of existential crisis, turning one of TWD's sweetest characters into a deeply damaged soldier — ultimately leading to Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln)'s decision to leave her behind.
Has her ability to relate to people, after her relationship with her husband and all this post-apocalyptic trauma, been totally shattered? Is she totally beyond redemption?
We know that Carol felt terrible about killing Karen and David, although she was trying not to show it — but all of the reflecting back on her life and demanding a reaction from Rick points toward Carol having a hell of a time trying to figure out how to justify her actions while still feeling like she has a soul.
In part, we think, Carol wanted to be kicked out, in the same way that Tyreese seems like he's trying to die, at times. She kept aggressively bringing her actions up to Rick, trying to get some kind of reaction out of him — it was almost like she needed judgment passed on her, and she knew that Rick would deliver.
But maybe getting kicked out wasn't the redemption Carol was looking for, though. She was upset, to say the least, about leaving Mika and Lizzie Samuels, her surrogate daughters, behind, so we're thinking she didn't bank on not being able to come home to them.
Regardless of what Carol wants, though, as Chris Jericho pointed out in The Talking Dead, Carol's the total package of zombie apocalypse survival. She has medical knowledge, she's not afraid to take drastic action to protect the group, and she can take down a walker quickly and efficiently. Not having her around could be a disservice to the group.
What if Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson) and Dr. S die of the flu, and Bob Stookey (Lawrence Gilliard Jr) somehow succumbs to his alcoholism? Who will provide treatment to the sick and injured?
Did Rick just weaken the group by kicking Carol out, or were her actions irredeemable? Sound off below!