WASHINGTON, Nov 10, 2013 —Last week’s episode of “The Walking Dead” was a shocker, even to devoted fans who have learned to expect the unexpected from the show. After Carol admitted to Rick she had killed Karen and David because they showed symptoms of the deadly flu, Rick felt he could no longer trust Carol. The episode ended with Rick’s banishment of Carol from the prison.
Tonight on “Internment,” we get to see Rick explain Carol’s absence, and how his people react to the news. If their reaction is anything like the fan reaction last week, Rick’s decision to banish Carol without soliciting input will divide the group. Daryl will head up “Team Carol,” while Tyreese will join the ranks of “Team Rick” after learning Carol killed Karen.
It will be interesting to see who the rest of the gang sides with, but that’s not what is most important. Apparently after three seasons of the indiscriminate and morally questionable killing of anyone outside of the gang, Carol crossed a line that didn’t exist until last week.
Despite the fact that the decision to welcome new people into the prison has had disastrous consequences, Rick threw Carol under the bus for realizing this and acting on it. No doubt Tyreese would have taken Carol to task for her actions, but trading Carol for him feels like a betrayal, and a foolish decision for the overall welfare of the gang.
Carol had been in charge of the school, she has invaluable medical skills, and she’s become quite adept at zombie slaying. On the other hand, Tyreese is unreliable at best, and a liability in tight situations. He has admitted he doesn’t like killing fence zombies, but everyone knows there’s no whining allowed in an apocalypse.
We also know we haven’t seen the last of Carol, but will she resurface as a member of the governor’s gang, or serve as this season’s sacrifice of a favorite character? Or will Glen, who is infected with the deadly illness, be the sacrificial lamb? Maybe it will be Hershel since he has decided to expose himself to the infected part of the population.
As usual, there are more questions than answers about the plot line of “The Walking Dead.” One thing is clear though, people love the show. Last week “The Walking Dead” was number one in the key 18 to 49 demographic for both cable and major broadcast networks.
Perhaps the biggest news of all is the fact that a basic cable show unseated the usual major network winner, “Sunday Night Football,” in the most coveted demographic.
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