Imagine The Walking Dead Without Carol

A wonderful revelation happened recently:

ANDREW LINCOLN [to MELISSA McBRIDE]: You had a close shave in season 3.McBRIDE: I feel like I always have a close shave. 

LINCOLN: Yeah, but do you remember, with Sarah Wayne Callies [who played Lori]? She fought for you.

McBRIDE: She did? I didn’t hear that.
LINCOLN: Did you not know?
McBRIDE: I didn’t know that.

LINCOLN: It was the episode when Lori and T-Dog die. But for a few weeks it was going to be Carol and Lori. And Sarah, in her good grace and class, stepped in and said, “That’s a terrible mistake.” And so she knew that she was going, but she fought for you to stay.

McBRIDE: I did not know that. I’m going to faint.
McBRIDE: Get her on the phone!
LINCOLN: Yeah, there you go.

When I think back to Seasons 5 and 6, not to mention this past season--without Carol, the story lines would be radically different. If you want to point to one of the real genre-shifting roles played by women on television, there should be a special award given to Melissa McBride for Carol Peletier. The fact that she has never won an Emmy is a travesty. She has redefined how to be a complex, evolving anti-hero female on television.

As we approach the back eight, starting on Sunday night, I have to wonder--are they going to bring Carol back into a major narrative? For a while there, she disappeared along with Aaron. I have to believe that there's a lot more we need to see from these characters. 




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