It’s now officially time to retire the theory that Carol (Melissa McBride) was just covering for Lizzie on The Walking Dead Season 4. Carol killed two people — it happened to be Karen and David, but maybe it could’ve been anyone — to try and stop the sickness spreading through the prison.
Carol had a long talk with Lizzie at the start of Episode 4, “Indifference,” and it was like Carol was talking not just to her new Sophia but to a younger version of herself — a girl who was weak but was becoming stronger and would ultimately survive.
Now Carol is separated from Lizzie and Mika, thanks to Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) deciding she’s no longer fit to be with the group. He said they’d take care of Lizzie and Mika, but he doesn’t even know who’s alive back at the prison.
The Hollywood Reporter asked Melissa McBride if Carol might drive back to the prison for the girls. “I certainly hope so,” Melissa said. “She knows someone has to take care of them because that was [their father] Ryan's dying request. Her heart is broken, and I would hope she finds a way back, but I don't know. Plus she's got the crappy car! Rick took the good one!” Rick can be such a poophead sometimes, honestly. It’s a good thing he’s hot.
Anyway, Carol made a fuss about not wanting Lizzie to call her “Mom,” but told Sam and Ana she had two kids at the prison, and one of her girls had the sickness. What was up with that?
“You have to depend on yourself, so there's a bit of that going on,” Melissa said. “As well, she doesn't want her to get used to the fact that whatever your idea of ‘mother’ is, you have to be there for yourself, too. She needs to be prepared to act alone. Carol also has that ‘I can't go there again; I can't take you into my heart.’ It's too painful after Sophia, and she can't go through that again. She knows she's the mother figure, but to call her mom is too much. Then when she and Rick get to the house, she says she has two daughters. That was really for Rick to understand that there are two little girls that Carol is protecting as her own, and they have to get back. Her objective is to get the stuff and get back and to reiterate why she did what she did in the first place: to protect the children and the group.”
Carol could still return to the prison to make her case to the council — which is maybe what Rick should’ve had her do anyway, once the sickness was behind them.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter