So we finally get to go on a road trip with Carol (Melissa McBride) and Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) in Episode 6 (entitled Consumed) Season 5 of AMC’s The Walking Dead. So glad this episode was better than last week’s. Although it was more understated than I expected. Here’s what went down…
First up, we get a lot of Carol flashbacks in this episode. A little is stuff we haven’t seen, like what she did and how she coped when Rick (Andrew Lincoln) dumped her like a stray that didn’t live up to his expectations. Then we get some stuff that we had seen, or had easily surmised during her time away from the group. At first all these flashbacks seem irrelevant, but then, later on, when Carol and Daryl are chatting, you start to realise just how screwed over Carol has been at every turn in her life. And it has always been by men.
But more on that later.
So Daryl and Carol are tracking one of the Slabtown cars back into Atlanta in hopes they’ll find Beth (Emily Kinney). This is actually real cool because we get to see little snippets of previous seasons of The Walking Dead.
Is that Rick’s tank that Glenn (Steven Yeun) helped him escape from?
Oh, look, there’s the blast zone from the CDC.
To make a long story short, here’s the trek in a nutshell:
- Lots of car following that is ridiculous because can’t the Slabtown folk see them in their rear view mirror?
- The death of a multitude of walkers… because… Carol and Daryl.
- A slow little release of clues as to where they are headed. ie. Daryl asking Carol what the initials mean on a stretcher found in the back of a Slabtown car and Carol knowing the name of the hospital (Grady Memorial).
- One walker attack that ends in the most stupid escapes ever witnessed in Walking Dead history:
Yeah, a car that is going over the edge of a bridge and starting to flip will totally land on its tires…
- Speaking of stupid, AMC we need to have a chat about dead bodies. Just because they are covered in a sheet doesn’t mean we can’t see how stiff and light they are when carried. With your budget, may I suggest you borrow Buster, the crash test dummy from Mythbusters?
- There are a couple of run ins with Noah (Tyler James Williams) before the realisation they are all on the same team
- Finally getting visuals on Slabtown just as Noah starts shooting walkers and making enough noise for the Slabtown crew to come and have a looksee
So while all this is going on the viewer is drawn into Carol’s backstory more than is first anticipated. We discover the safe place Carol takes them to is actually a shelter for abused women. It seems Carol and her daughter, Sophia (Madison Lintz), spent some time there back in the days when she was still a punching bag for Ed (Adam Minarovich). So we are reminded once again of how much Carol has changed and how much men have ruined her life. Yet she has always risen from the ashes of the life she left behind like a phoenix rising from the flames.
There are so many instances in this episode when we are reminded of Carol’s path so far and what I really think the writers were trying to remind us of is the fact that everyone has a breaking point.
I seriously think Carol is at hers.
Yet, even with all the shit she has copped from men over the years, even then, she still seems to trust Daryl, and, as a result, just keeps on going on.
Until the motherfuckers from Slabtown hit her with their car…
Yeah, not sure how well she will get out of this one, even with Daryl’s proclamation that he has ‘people’ just like Slabtown have ‘people’.
At least we now know who was in the bushes with him back at the end of Episode 3(entitled Four Walls and a Roof)…
What did you think of Episode 6 (entitled Consumed) of AMC’s The Walking Dead? Let me know your thoughts by commenting below!
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