She killed sick Karen and David, dragged them out into the prison courtyard area, and burned them. She did it to try and contain the illness, but she did it in secret. She didn’t know anything about the sickness, and she did not contain it. She also did not confess to Tyreese (Chad Coleman), who is still wondering who killed his girlfriend. The only reason the intel is out there is because Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) sleuthed it out. Now he knows. Will he tell? What happens next?
Executive producer Robert Kirkman wrote the comic books (where Carol exists, but not this sickness plot) and Episode 3, “Isolation,” and he talked to The Hollywood Reporter about the aftermath of Carol’s murderous actions.
“There's definitely going to be huge repercussions coming from that,” Robert said. “I don't think Rick anticipated this danger that was inside the prison to be revealed to be someone they were so close with. It was always, 'Hey, we've brought in a lot of people; who knows who it could be.' But this is someone who's been one of them for a very long time, so the outcome of this is going to be something that none of them have been expecting and none of them could have prepared for. This is going to go in a pretty interesting direction.”
Carol seemed frustrated and maybe showed a little guilt when Tyreese asked her to keep an eye on Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), since he knows Carol cares about people. But when Rick asked her if she killed Karen and David, she just said “yes” like she had no regrets and it was the only thing she could do. THR asked how she’ll handle the emotional baggage from a decision like this.
“Carol has a lot going on this season,” Robert said. “This is a person who has taken her pain and everything she's lived through and turned it into this pragmatic life she's trying to live now. With training these kids, every moment of her life now is about protecting her loved ones and trying to make sure a Sophia never happens to her again in any aspect of her life. In her making this decision and deciding to go through with this horrific act — and it's something she's thought long and hard about and has decided that it's something that definitely needs to be done — being aware of the repercussions that can come from that is part of that. She's very prepared and capable of whatever can come from this, and she's ready for it. This is something that really illustrates the evolution of this character and how much of a different person she is now.”
She couldn’t have thought that long and hard about it, since it just happened. It was like the next day that they were dead, and we don’t even know how much longer they could’ve lived, since Hershel Greenel (Scott Wilson) said the sickness has different timelines for different people. She just decided she knew best, based on very limited intel. (Would she have done the same thing if the two sick people were, say, Glenn and Sasha?)
Last night, some people were speculating that maybe Lizzie is the one who killed or burned Karen and David, and Carol was just covering for her. Based on what Robert’s saying, it doesn’t sound like that’s the case.
But if Carol is really doing these things to protect her loved ones so they don’t end up like Sophia, why didn’t she pull a Hershel and go into the scary sick room with Lizzie? She knows Lizzie is fragile (“weak” was Carol’s word) and she just swore to take care of her like her own; Tyreese didn’t want to leave his sister, but Carol seems almost detached from everyone else, including the kids. Those face masks are laughable, so she’s probably got whatever’s going around anyway, and poor Lizzie got left alone basically to die. (Mika is probably with the other kids, where Carl and Hershel were supposed to be. )
At least Hershel took positive action — sending out the supply teams for veterinary medicine and using elderberries to slow down the sickness. He’s the hero of the day.
Anyway, Robert said it remains to be seen whether Rick tells anyone about Carol’s choice. “This is really a big test for Rick,” he noted. “What is he going to do? What kind of decisions is he going to make? Is he prepared to step up into a leadership role again in this instance, or is he going to go a different way?”
Do you think Rick should tell the group? It’s not like Carol is likely to do something else like this, so you could argue there’s no point in telling everyone. But Tyreese will want to know, and maybe everyone deserves to know so they aren’t looking over their shoulders wondering if there’s a killer on the loose.
The Walking Dead Season 4 airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter