A big theme that ran throughout Season 4, Episode 2 (“Infected”) of The Walking Dead was parenthood, and how that’s been redefined in this post-apocalyptic world. While Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) ultimately decided to give his son Carl (Chandler Riggs) back his gun for protection, some of the episode’s more heartbreaking moments were brought to us courtesy of Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) and Michonne (Danai Gurira).
After a man named Ryan was bitten by a walker and couldn’t be saved, Carol took it upon herself to care for his two young daughters, Lizzie Samuels and Mika Samuels. Sure, she was probably too tough with the girls in the aftermath of their dad’s death, but as showrunner Scott Gimple tells The Hollywood Reporter, Carol’s relationship with the girls will only deepen as the season goes on.
Noting that Carol will continue to teach the children of Team Prison to defend themselves, Scott says, “With these two girls, she's going to continue that. It hits her now in a much deeper way — these are her daughters now for all intents and purposes and suddenly she's a mom again. She was pretty determined even before she was in that position so it's only going to get more intense that way.”
In the TWD comics, Carol is the one that dies, leaving Sophia with Maggie Greene, and Scott acknowledges that Carol’s new role as surrogate mom to Lizzie and Mika will borrow elements from that relationship. “Kids wind up with other people in the comic,” he explains. And clearly the same thing is happening on the TV show as well.
In last night’s episode Michonne cried as she was forced to hold Baby Judith, leading many to believe that this tough gal may have lost one or more of her own kids. Scott wouldn’t confirm that Michonne was once a mom, but he did say that we will delve further into her past as the season progresses. “Michonne's story is very much tied in to finding out more about how she became who she is. One of my goals was to explore all of these characters to the nth-degree. Michonne has a lot of mystery about her...I want to know how Michonne wound up the Michonne we know and love.”
Losing your child or children certainly gives a person reason enough to be guarded like Michonne is, and she did have kids in the comics, but can the same be said for her TV counterpart? Tell us your thoughts and theories below!
The Walking Dead Season 4 airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter