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- "I wish it didn't have to end. Not this way. It was never my intention to hurt you, but it's how it has to be. We have so much here: People, food, medicine, walls, everything we need to live. But what we have, other people want too, and that won't ever change. If we survive this threat, and it's not over, another one will be back to take its place. To take what we have. I love you all here, I do, but I'd have to kill for you, and I can't. I won't. Rick sent me away and I was never gonna come back, but everything happened and I wound up staying, but I can't anymore. I can't love anyone because I can't kill for anyone. So I'm going like I always should have. Don't come after me, please."
- —Carol's letter to the group about her departure.[src]
Carol Peletier is a main character and survivor of the outbreak in AMC's The Walking Dead. During the initial outbreak, she evacuates with her abusive husband, Ed, and her daughter, Sophia, to Atlanta. They eventually join a camp of survivors. In the events following her daughter's disappearance, Carol forms a close, loving bond with fellow survivor, Daryl Dixon. After discovering that her daughter was bitten and reanimated, Carol, now the last surviving member of her family, gradually builds inner strength, becoming increasingly proficient with weapons. She also gains medical experience through Hershel Greene's assistance. She later becomes the parental guardian of Lizzie and Mika after the death of their father, albeit briefly. Upon her arrival at the Alexandria Safe-Zone, Carol briefly had a romantic relationship with fellow Alexandrian Tobin and became an advisor to Rick Grimes following Hershel's death.
At the outset of the series, Carol is introverted and soft-spoken, though often meek and defenseless, particularly when it comes to facing her abusive husband, Ed. She remains fiercely protective over her daughter Sophia, attempting to shield her from the various dangers of their surroundings. After Ed is beaten half to death, Carol rebels against her husband's wishes for Sophia to spend time with him and begins to participate in group activities alone with their daughter. Due to Ed's loss, Carol slowly begins to empower herself. After Sophia's death, she begins to stand up for herself and gains more independence, while strengthening her bonds with the group. She is shown during season two to be a devout Christian, frequently praying for the well-being of herself and Sophia. She fervently holds onto her beliefs even after Sophia's death, insisting that her daughter is in heaven.
Starting in the third season and more prominently in the fourth season, Carol later obtains a pro-active and pragmatic stance when she secretly kills two sick members of the group in an attempt to prevent a deadly disease from spreading and shows little remorse over the deed, claiming that it was necessary. Rick deems Carol's actions morally questionable and exiles her. When Lizzie's psychotic tendencies escalate to the extent of killing her younger sister, Mika, Carol feels obligated to kill her in order to protect her group: herself, Tyreese, and Judith. Later, Carol confesses to Tyreese Williams, the boyfriend of Karen (one of the two ill members she kills), that she is responsible for the deaths and gains the forgiveness of Tyreese. The difficult choices Carol makes to stay alive leave her emotionally wounded as a result. In the fifth season, her resourcefulness is exemplified when she wipes out of the cannibalistic death compound, Terminus, where the other survivors are held captive, saving them all from potential death. Doing so, she regains the respect and praise of Rick. Despite her initial hesitation to rejoin the newly established group permanently, she eventually welcomes the idea, she and is seen as leader during the group's separation on their journey to Washington, D.C. Carol is revealed to be agnostic by the fifth season, revealing that she is no longer sure if she believes in God or the afterlife.
Carol's development has revealed her to be highly intelligent, cunning, objective, and resourceful, serving as a reliable confidant and counselor to Rick, typically advising the most cerebral and analytical approach. She is not afraid to take matters into her own hands and is shown to be prepared to kill anyone whom she views as a threat. She is also a brilliant liar, as she is able to convince the entire town of Alexandria that she is a meek, incompetent old lady in an attempt to mask her much more savvy and skeptical personality. She still retains her sanity and her emotions of sympathy, but Carol will always take the logical route at any cost. Carol is occasionally shown to be extremely cold and cruel, as shown when she threatens to leave Sam for the Walkers if he tells of her presence in the gun gallery and coldly telling him to move on after his abusive father's death. She also threatens and attempts to kill Morgan for getting in her way of killing Owen, the leader of the Wolves, despite the latter being confined and restrained. Carol was shown to be similar to Rick in the sense that both were unwilling to take chances when it comes to dealing with human threats and show an enthusiastic desire to kill them without hesitation.
Starting in the back half of the sixth season its shown that she does feel remorse in killing people, writing down a list of the peoples she has killed as she begins to feel the weight of all the people she has killed since the apocalypse began. Deep down Carol desperately wants to believe what Morgan believes, but the facts haven’t lined up like that for her. She’s a hardened combat veteran but born out of necessity and reluctance. Around this time she also confesses to considering herself the "mother" to all of the survivors and is able to do terrible things while maintaining her motherly side, to protect them. Her motherly side is shown in her threatening Pete for harming his family, as well as her refusal to let Maggie do anything dangerous, such as help in the assault on the Saviors while she is pregnant, going such lengths as to stick around to make sure Maggie doesn't slip away to protect her.
Despite her remorse in killing other survivors, Carol is still very much capable of committing murder to keep herself and those she cares about safe from danger as shown when she kill an entire group of Saviors that kidnapped herself and Maggie and coldly guns down a member that slashed the pregnant Maggie in the stomach with a knife. Following this, Carol choose to exile herself from her group claiming she can no longer kill any more human threats. Carol however has not weakened in any way as she single handily takes down another small group of Saviors herself after they refused to surrender. In the season six finale, it seems like Carol is accepting her fate just like when she is nearly killed by the savior who survived her attack.
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Before the outbreak, Carol lived down south where she eventually met a man named Ed Peletier. He was initially charming enough for her to date and eventually marry. However, his true nature would be revealed throughout the course of their marriage. She was a housewife, and she fiercely looked after their daughter, Sophia, by nurturing and providing her with comfort while Ed consistently neglected her.
Throughout their marriage, she and her daughter were victims of verbal and physical abuse. Because of her restrained independence, she remained hesitant to inform any outsiders of the situation. During a conversation with Rick in the Season 4 episode "Indifference", Carol mentions that Ed drank often and that she had gotten her shoulder dislocated several times due to Ed's abuse. She learned how to heal it via the internet, being too embarrassed of continuously having to return to the hospital, only to make the excuse that she had fallen down the stairs.
She once took Sophia to a shelter in Atlanta in an attempt to get away from Ed, but after a day and a half, they went back to him. After they went back, Ed beat them both very badly.
During the outbreak, she, Sophia, and Ed travel toward Atlanta, which was supposedly a safe-zone. They later meet Shane, Lori, and Carl while on the road. Carol tries to give some food to them, but Ed stopped her, saying that they would not have enough for themselves. They eventually formed a campsite outside the outskirts of Atlanta, along with other survivors, sometime after the city was napalmed by the military.
Carol, together with Sophia and Ed, was first seen watching Rick and the others coming out from the truck from their mission at Atlanta. At night, when the survivors are resting around dimly lit campfires, Ed attempted to make his fire bigger, stating that its cold. Shane asked him to put it out, stating that the light and smoke may attract any walkers lurking around. Ed finally gave in and ordered Carol to dim the fire to embers. The next morning, Carol was cleaning Rick Grimes's clothes for him, stating that was the best she could do, especially without a real washing machine, and Rick thanked her.
Later, Carol was doing laundry at the quarry with Andrea, Amy, and Jacqui, joking about what they missed. When Andrea said that she missed her vibrator, Carol looked at her husband, then back at the women and whispered "Me, too," prompting laughter to explode from the women. The laughter drew Ed over, who orders them to stop and do the laundry. Andrea, fed up by Ed's attitude, said that if Ed doesn't like the way laundry's done, he could do it himself, tossing his clothes at him. Ed threw it back at Andrea roughly, starting up an argument. Ed demanded for Carol to come with him. Jacqui then made a remark to Ed, proving that she and everyone else knew how Ed abused her in private. Carol was then submissive to Ed, but Andrea told Carol that she didn't have to go. Carol then began to resist, to which Ed responded with a slap to her face, drawing blood from her lip. Andrea and Jacqui, both upset, pushed Ed away as Amy held Carol in her arms. Shane, who was observing the situation from a distance, was enraged with what he has just witnessed. He approached Ed and beat him senseless, threatening him to not ever lay a violent hand on his wife or daughter or that next time, he wouldn't stop hitting. Carol was upset from the beating and tended to her husband, weeping and apologizing.
Carol was seen sewing some clothes while Andrea and Amy returned from fishing. She was then present for the confrontation with Jim, standing with Sophia and Carl, with her arms around them. She remained shy and hesitant to speak when Jim resorted to openly expressing how Shane shouldn't have interfered with her and Ed's personal issues, stating that it was their marriage and thus their own business to sort out with each other. Carol and Sophia later gave Ed some water in the family tent, and Carol invites Ed to come outside with everyone. He rejects her invitation and tried to force his daughter to stay and keep him company. Carol, visibly concerned about Sophia and managing to finally stand her ground, said "Ed, she wants to join in." and brung the girl outside. Carol eats fish at night with the rest of the survivors and was intrigued by the conversation about Dale Horvath's watch. Moments later, when zombies descended upon their camp, she grabbed Sophia, shielded her, and fled to the RV with some of the other survivors as the zombies invaded the camp, killing Ed, Amy, and others.
The next morning, Carol took care of Sophia while the men dispose of the zombie corpses and tried her best to reassure her about their current situation. As Daryl Dixon went through each zombie with a pickaxe, she stops him when he gets to her dead husband. She proceeded to stab her husband multiple times, initially in a hesitant but then furious manner, venting out the anger that she had kept inside of her for many years. She later attended the funeral for her husband, Amy, and the other fallen survivors. While the others figured out what to do next, she took care of a bitten Jim in the RV and noticed his deteriorating physical health. Before departing the base camp, Morales and Miranda broke the news that they were not going with them, but instead to Birmingham to find their extended family. She shared a goodbye hug with Miranda and Morales before they left. Carol, Sophia, and the remaining survivors reached the Center for Disease Control and were about to flee as zombies begun to approach their location, but the doors suddenly opened, drowning all of them in light.
The group was admitted into the CDC by Edwin Jenner after going through a blood test to ensure none of them were infected. Carol was introduced to the luxuries the facility has to offer, including hot water and real beds. She was able to live in a comfortable room with Sophia and noted the wonderful feeling of sleeping in a real bed for the first time in months. She enjoyed dinner and wine with everyone and learned about TS-19 and Dr. Jenner's work, and the fall of the CDC's infrastructure. After Dr. Jenner revealed the purpose of the countdown timer and locked the control room's door, she was hysterical and plead with Edwin to let them go, explaining how inhumane it was for him to be keeping them locked inside there and that Sophia deserved a better death than this. As the survivors finally got Edwin to open the door for their escape, they all reached the lobby to find the doors permanently locked and the windows bulletproof. Just as all hope diminished, she approached Rick and took a grenade out of her purse, telling him that she found it in his uniform the day he arrived at camp and she washed the clothes. Rick used the grenade to break the glass, successfully escaping the CDC. She reached the RV just in time and she drove off with the group away from the complex as the ruins burned in flames.
Dale's RV broke down on the way to Fort Benning, forcing the survivors to stop in the middle of the road. While searching other cars on the roadside, a herd of Walkers caught the group by surprise. Sophia, while her horrified mother watched helplessly, was chased into the woods, and Rick goes to lead the walkers away. When her daughter disappeared, the others headed out to look for her. They found an abandoned church, where Carol stops to pray for her daughter's safety.
As they continued to look for Sophia, the group was found by Maggie Greene, who turned up on horseback to retrieve Lori. Maggie took Lori to her home, and gives the others the location of the Greene family farm, telling them to find their way there. They made it back to the highway, but Carol didn't want to go to the farm without Sophia. Dale, Andrea, T-Dog, and Daryl decided to stay with Carol and see if Sophia comes back, Glenn and T-Dog, meanwhile, head to the farm to seek aide for T-Dog's infection.
Carol stayed behind at Dale's RV, hoping to find Sophia. Upon hearing Carol's crying in the middle of the night, Daryl and Andrea go back out into the forest to search for Carol's daughter, but returned without her. The next day, they left a sign and food for Sophia at the highway, and Carol consented to go with the remainder of the group to look for Hershel's farm.
After leaving some food on the highway for Sophia, Carol and the others headed to Hershel's Farm. She was then seen setting up tents with the other survivors and cleaning the RV, in the hopes that it would look good when Sophia returns. Likely, she had also done this in an attempt to keep busy and distract herself from her fear of what had happened to Sophia. When Daryl returned, he gave Carol a Cherokee rose to give her hope that they would find Sophia and bring her back safely.
The episode began in a flashback and shows a number of survivors (including Carol, Ed, Sophia, Lori, Carl, and Shane) on the highway outside Atlanta in the hopes of finding refuge. When Carl asked for food, Carol offers to get him some; but when she attempted to do so, Ed pushed the door shut. He yelled at his wife, telling her they wouldn't have enough for the two of them if she "keep[s] running [her] damn mouth off" to everyone they meet. Her efforts having been rejected, Carol instead pulled some food out of her purse and offered it to Carl, but Lori, who had seen the confrontation, declines. In the present, Carol was seen doing laundry with Lori and commented that it would be nice to cook in a real kitchen again, and she offered the idea to cook for Hershel and his family that night. The offer having been accepted by the other members of the household, Lori and Carol were welcomed into Hershel's house and cooked dinner with the help of Patricia and Beth. Towards the end of the episode, Carol brought dinner to an injured Daryl and gave him a kiss on the forehead, stating that by risking his life to find her daughter he has done more for Sophia than her own father did in his whole life.
Carol wasn't seen much in the episode. However, she appeared first standing behind Patricia looking out into the forest; and later, when Shane and Andrea come back from their search for Sophia, Carol helped Andrea clean off.
Carol was first seen cooking a meal for the rest of the group. When Glenn told them that the barn was full of walkers, she joined the group when they went to investigate. Later on, she tried to stop Daryl from going out looking for her daughter, Sophia, because he was still healing. He threw the saddle to the floor and walked away, insulting her in his frustration. Some time after that, they both were seen walking along a river, where he found another Cherokee Rose. He apologized for the earlier incident and said that they will find Sophia. Carol answered that he's right and that she can feel it. Later, Shane broke open Hershel's barn doors and a swarm of zombies poured out. After the group killed them all in self-defense, labored breathing was heard and one last walker comes out of the clearing cloud of dust, Sophia. Carol was beyond devastated and, sobbing, ran toward her, but Daryl caught her. Rick walked up from the back of the group and shot Sophia in the head.
Carol refused to attend Sophia's funeral, claiming that the dead walker was no longer her daughter, which angered Daryl. Back at the barn Shane was washing up at a water pump when Carol emerged from the forest, muddy and scratched. Shane cleaned her cuts and apologized for what happened to Sophia and claimed that if he knew she was in the barn, he wasn't sure what he would have done; but he assured Carol that he was only trying to ensure the safety of his fellow survivors.
Back at Hershel's farm, Daryl told Carol that Lori had asked him to find Hershel, but he had refused. He speculated that Lori went on her own to town. Carol started to leave, but turns around and asked Daryl not to pull away like this. He didn't respond. Later that night, Carol went back to check on Daryl, finding many dead squirrels, dead rabbits, and the necklace of severed walker ears hanging on a clothes line. Daryl caught her and confronted her about coming to look for him again. This exploded into a full-on rant on Daryl's side, to which Carol quietly told him to "Go ahead." Carol lets Daryl vent his frustration on her (showing an enviable amount of emotional strength, or perhaps the fact that she had become accustomed to this sort of thing with Ed), while still not backing down and holding her ground. Daryl reached his boiling point and screamed that Sophia wasn't his daughter and blamed Carol for not keeping an eye on her. He moved forward in an aggressive way, and Carol instinctively flinches away. Daryl pulled away, realizing what he had done, and stared at Carol without saying a word. The next day, Daryl finally returned to the folds of the group by entering the house during a group discussion and gave Carol an apologetic smile, which she returned.
Carl was kneeling by Sophia's grave when Carol approached. She reassures him that they'll see Sophia in heaven, one day. Carl snapped back that heaven is just a lie, "And if you believe it, you're an idiot". Carol approached Lori and Rick, telling them that they needed to control Carl for being disrespectful towards her. Lori unknowingly told Carol to calm down and Carol took it personally, telling Lori that she just lost her daughter days ago and that she hadn't lost her mind. During the group meeting, Carol said she wants the fighting to stop and for them to just make a decision about Randall. Dale retorts back saying "Not saying anything or killing him yourself... there's no difference." Carol was seen with the other survivors gathering around a dying Dale before the injured man is shot by Daryl both out of mercy and to prevent reanimation.
Carol was seen with the group when they were preparing to move into Hershel's home, and again when Rick and the group investigated the barn after Randall's disappearance. Rick stated that the handcuffs were still locked and that he could have slipped them. Carol asked if it was possible and is answered with "It is if you've got nothing to lose."
When the herd of walkers advanced on the farm, Lori was horrified to discover that Carl is missing. Carol reassured her that they won't leave without him and that she would help look for Carl. When they were unable to find him, Carol assumes that he snuck out and went looking for Rick to help find Randall. When Lori wanted to go looking in the woods for Carl, Carol convinced her that they needed to leave the farm instead, as it had become overrun. Lori reluctantly agreed and told Carol to get Beth and Patricia. She did so and the four women ran from the house. Carol ran ahead of the other women in the confusion and got separated. As Carol ran, she was cornered against the shed by a couple of walkers. Andrea came to her rescue, but Carol soon lost track of her. As the rest of the survivors fled the farm, Carol was left behind and was chased by walkers. Daryl, who had been watching the chaos, heard Carol's screams and came to her rescue, picking her up on his motorcycle and narrowly avoiding a group of walkers in the process.
In the morning, Daryl and Carol were riding away from the overrun farm, dodging walkers along the dirt road as they go. They eventually met up with the rest of the survivors on the highway. Carol was happy to discover that Carl was still alive and was reunited with his mother. Carol showed concern for Andrea when she did not show up with the others.
When the group stopped on the side of the road, Carol worried for the group's safety when they decided to stay the night. She became angry at Rick when he revealed that everyone is infected and had known so since they had been at the CDC. Later that night, she expressed her concerns to Daryl, telling him that she felt unsafe with Rick. Carol told him that he deserved better than to be Rick's henchman. When Daryl asked her what she wants, she responded with "a man of honor". Daryl brushed her off, claiming "Rick's got honor." When the group heard a noise in the woods, Carol said that they should go and tells Rick to "do something" to which Daryl responded harshly.
Seven to eight months following the events of the preceding season, Carol has gone through a significant transformation. She was shown to be increasingly proficient with weapons and was taking a more active role within the group, such as when it came to securing the prison. In addition, her self-confidence had grown and she seemed to have moved on from mourning her daughter. The relationship between her and Daryl had also become closer and more personal, with the two of them casually joking around and assisting each other with various things. There was also the hint that she might have been harboring romantic feelings for him now, although that is up to interpretation. Her trust in Rick has been regained, to the point where she believed that within the past few months, Rick had done more to keep the group alive than Shane ever did.
She and Lori had strengthened their bond as well, with Carol helping her through her pregnancy and providing her with reassurance. The two had shared a cell together since settling into the prison.
Carol was mostly seen in this episode helping the other survivors take care of Hershel as he had given her some medical advice prior to being bitten. Carol asked Glenn for a favor which involved helping her kill a female walker so she could practice performing a C-Section. She wanted to do this both because she thought she may have to be the one to deliver Lori's baby due to Hershel's current condition and because Lori had needed one when she had Carl. Carol was seen about to cut into the stomach as she was being watched from afar by Andrew, who was believed to be deceased.
Walkers invaded the prison, separating the group. Carol and T-Dog were one of the groups that were separated from the others. While locking up one of the gates to ensure no more Walkers get into their safe haven, T-Dog was bitten on the shoulder from behind by a quickly advancing Walker. He insisted on getting Carol somewhere safe inside of the prison rather than sitting down and waiting for his time to run out. Once they got to the end of a hall, two Walkers blocked their escape and they have no where else to go. Since he had already been bitten and would turn anyway, T-Dog heroically charged the two zombies, holding them back and sacrificing his life to allow Carol to escape. After the situation at the prison is controlled, Daryl and Rick found her headscarf and revolver left behind next to T-Dog's devoured body, and they assumed her to be dead. While they did not find any other evidence to support this, they probably assumed she had been devoured as well.
Finding Carol's knife jabbed in the throat of a walker, Daryl broke down in grief, still believing Carol to be dead. Overcome with sadness and anger at his loss, Daryl began stabbing the ground with her knife, but was distracted by a rocking door. He angrily pulled it open assuming he will find a walker, but he found Carol, weak and dehydrated, inside. Daryl picked her up and carried her back to the group.
Daryl took Carol back to the safety of her cell to recover. He presumably got her some water and called Rick, who was questioning the recently arrived Michonne, over.
Having previously believed Carol to be dead, Rick was overcome with stunned relief upon seeing her. They shared a friendly, emotional hug, along with some of the other survivors. When Carol saw the baby, she was overjoyed, but, when she noticed that Lori is not there, she realized that Lori had died in the birth and was devastated. She grasped Rick, broke down, and apologized, blaming herself for not being there to help with the birth. They both consoled each other. Later on, Carol was seen holding baby Judith while bidding Daryl farewell as he left for Woodbury.
Carol observed Axel complimenting Beth on caring well for Judith (Rick and Lori's baby) and asking for her age, and she took it as Axel making a move on her. She pulled him aside and orders him to leave Beth alone and not make any advances on her (as she was seventeen years old and he was a full-grown adult). Axel offered as a rebuttal that there are few women around who could satisfy him, because Maggie was in a relationship with Glenn, and he assumed Carol to be a lesbian due to her short hairstyle (a stereotype often attributed to lesbian women). When she informed him that she wasn't, he dubbed their conversation "interesting," to which Carol replied, "no it's not," and walks away.
Later, when Beth questioned Hershel about Carol and Axel's location, when she heard voices in the prison, Hershel replied that it couldn't have been them, as they were together in the guard tower keeping watch.
Carol began talking with Carl about Lori while they waited for Rick and the others to come back from their trip to Woodbury. When they eventually came back, Carol frantically looked in the car and became worried when she can't find Daryl. She questioned Daryl's whereabouts and Rick told her that Daryl is still alive, but he left the group so that he could be with Merle again. Carol was shocked and in a state of disbelief, asking Rick many times if Daryl was actually gone and how he could possibly leave the group. Later, when she was preparing a crib made out of a cardboard box for Judith to sleep in, Beth walked up to her and began talking to her about Daryl's departure from the group and also about Judith. Carol tells Beth that Sophia, her daughter, used to wake the neighbors and how Ed, her now deceased husband, used to sleep at a friends house. Carol also told Beth how men like Ed, as well as Merle, got into people's heads and made them feel like they deserve the pain and abuse they give them. Beth mentioned how angry she was at Daryl for leaving the group for Merle, but Carol said not to be because Daryl had codes and that they needed more men like that in this world. She seemed to be at ease with Daryl leaving, despite initially being crestfallen.
Carol and Axel were seen erecting barriers around The Prison in preparation for an impending attack from The Governor and Woodbury. During this time, Carol and Axel began to bond, as Axel informs her of how he ended up in prison for "armed robbery" due to a misunderstanding. Because of their time together, Axel now saw Carol as a friend and approached her again later on in the episode. While Carol was talking with Axel outside, he is shot and killed by The Governor, starting a battle between The Prison group and The Governor's group. Carol then quickly ducked down and uses Axel's body as a shield in order to protect herself from the crossfire. Maggie quickly rushed outside and provided Carol, Beth, and Carl with weapons that they then used to defend themselves.
In the episode, Carol walked into Daryl's cell and talked with him about Merle. Carol told him how she's glad he came back for them and that she thought Merle wasn't. good company for Daryl and that he was only bringing him down. She told Daryl to look how far he'd come without Merle in his life and that he was a better man without Merle. Later, when Andrea arrived at the prison, as soon as she saw Carol, they embraced each other and Carol told about how, once Andrea saved her, they thought a walker killed Andrea back at the farm in "Beside the Dying Fire". Later on, Andrea came up to Carol so that she could see Lori's baby. Carol told Andrea that the baby's real name was Judith and Daryl gave her nickname "Little Ass Kicker". As she was talking with Andrea and catching up, Carol suggests to Andrea that she end the whole Prison-Woodbury conflict. Carol suggested that Andrea should sleep with The Governor, give him the best night of his life, then, while his guard was down, kill him in order to end it. Carol influenced Andrea enough so that she thought about it, and when she was back in Woodbury, she slept with The Governor. Afterward, as The Governor was asleep, she walked up to The Governor with a knife and was going to kill him. However, she realized that she couldn't do it, so she put her knife down and walked away.
Carol only appears very briefly in this episode. Carol is first seen when she begins to open the gates for Rick and the others, who are returning from their meeting with The Governor. She is not seen inside until Rick gathers them, which implies that she was outside, keeping watch, while Merle and Glenn were fighting inside. When Rick gathers everyone, Carol is seen listening carefully to what Rick has to say, and when Hershel walks outside to talk with Rick, he mentions that he and Carol believe that they should leave the Prison behind and take their chances out on the road rather than take the risk of losing the prison and being killed by The Governor, but that they would go along with whatever Rick thought would be best for the group.
As Merle is walking around the upper level of the Prison, Carol calls to him from the common room downstairs. She asks if he is with them. When Merle says yes, Carol believes he doesn't understand what she is asking of him; she adds that she does not mean if he is living in the same place with them, but if he is on their side, and tells him he needs to choose. Merle replies that he's on Daryl's side, and Carol says that Daryl's with them. Merle goes on to say that Carol is no longer who she was back at the Atlanta camp: A mouse afraid of her own shadow. Carol replies that that was her husband's shadow she was afraid of, not hers. Merle then leaves an aggravated Carol behind.
Later on in the episode, Carol is seen sitting around with the rest of the group in the prison-yard, holding Judith in her arms. She listens to Rick reveal his plan to give Michonne to The Governor (and how he decided to pull back on said plan) and inform everyone that he is stepping down as leader. Carol does not say anything, but looks on in astonishment.
Carol is first seen helping the group loading supplies, clothes, and belongings in the cars so they could leave the prison if necessary. While doing so, she comforts Daryl, who was grieving over the loss of his brother. Carol had decided stay in the prison with the rest of the survivors when the Woodbury army attacked. Meanwhile Carl, Hershel, Beth, and Judith would remain outside in the woods. During the attack, Carol fires against the Woodbury soldiers as they fled the prison in fear. As Rick, Daryl, and Michonne leave to go after the fleeing Woodbury survivors, Carol is one of the survivors who stay in case The Governor returned for another attack. She helps clear the gates of walkers when Rick's team leaves. When they come back, Carol, sad to see Andrea hasn't returned with them, helps unload the cars and goes back to the prison.
Carol, along with the other survivors and former Woodbury residents, have built-up the prison so that it's more fortified. She is seen talking to Daryl about the prison and the recent rise in the number of walkers near the fences, comparing the situation to a month ago. Later on, Carol is shown in the library, reading stories to the children; however, she is using 'story time' as a cover to teach the children how to use weapons so that they will have a better understanding of how to survive in the apocalypse. When Carl enters the library and notices this, she ask him not to inform his father.
Carol is seen helping Karen in putting the children inside the cells after a zombified Patrick attacks the cell block. After Ryan Samuels is bitten, she is seen carrying him in one of the cells. She prepares to amputate his arm, only to discover he is also bitten in the nape. Later she brings in his two daughters. After Mika and Lizzie say their goodbyes to him, she pulls out her knife and walks to Ryan, before she can end his suffering, Lizzie volunteers to do it herself. She ends Ryan's suffering after Lizzie suffers an emotional breakdown. Later she is seen telling Lizzie that if she wants to live, she has to be strong. After Lizzie walks away, Mika tells Carol that Lizzie is just messed up and that she is not weak. Later after a brief talk with Lizzie, Carol cuts a flower and puts it at the side on her ear. They both share a smile and Lizzie holds her hand.
Carol is first seen with Rick, Tyreese, and Daryl, examining the bodies of Karen and David. When Rick and Tyreese get into a fist fight, Carol tries to break them up. Carol is later seen talking to the group about isolating the Infected in Cell Block A. Later, she is holding the door for the infected walking in. As she closes it, Lizzie walks in and tells Carol she isn't feeling well. Lizzie begins to cry, and Carol comforts her, and assures her that she'll be fine. Lizzie asks Carol if she could tuck her in. Carol, not wanting to stay exposed to the virus, tells her that Glenn can tuck her in, saying he is the "best" at tucking kids in. Much later in the episode, Tyreese visits to Carol at the kitchen area and asks her to watch over Sasha since she has a natural mother instinct. Carol apologizes about Karen. After Tyreese leaves, she begins to cry and dumps some of the water. Afterwards she heads to the fences to pump water, knowing many walkers are nearby. She is close to being bit, but Rick comes to her aid. At the end of the episode, Rick confronts Carol and asks her how much she cares for everyone and how much she'd give. His final question to her is "Carol, did you kill Karen and David?" After a long pause, Carol responds "Yes" and walks away.
Carol goes with Rick on a medical supply hunt for Hershel after the others do not return. They meet a couple named Ana and Sam and they ask Rick if they can go with them to the prison. Carol speaks in favor of them. After splitting up, they are in a house and Carol explains to Rick she did what she did because she believed everyone else would have gotten sick and died. Outside while finding food, Rick asks Carol why she never talks about Sophia, and Carol explains that she is dead. Later on while heading to the safe house, they find Ana's dead body, to which Carol has no surprising reaction to. They wait for Sam to return but he never does, and they assume he either is dead or he left. They head to the car and Rick makes a decision to banish Carol from the group. He insists that Karen and David might have lived regardless of their illness, and that killing them was not Carol's decision to make alone. To avoid having Tyreese kill Carol, the possibility of others not wanting her at the prison, and Rick not wanting her around his children, he gives her gas and other supplies and sends her on her way in another vehicle. Before they say their goodbyes, Carol gives Rick a watch that Ed gave her on their first anniversary, and then she leaves.
Carol returns in this episode, saving Lizzie, Mika, and Judith from walkers after Tyreese goes to investigate the sound of nearby screaming. She and the three children go to find Tyreese. When she confronts him, she realizes that he is still unaware that she killed Karen and David. Carol reveals that she witnessed the end of the prison assault, and that she saw Tyreese in the distance and followed him.
On their way to Terminus, the group is seen sleeping on the tracks one night, where Carol is tending to Judith and talking with Lizzie. Carol later mentions her daughter Sophia, before telling Lizzie to go to sleep. In the morning, the group is on the move, and Carol and Tyreese smell smoke in the air. Carol takes Mika with her to find supplies nearby, and Tyreese stays back with Lizzie and Judith. Carol attempts to convince Mika that people need to kill other people sometimes in order to survive. During this trip, a walker approaches Tyreese, Lizzie and Judith, but its leg falls into a hole in the tracks. Tyreese approaches it to attempt to kill it, but is stopped by Lizzie, when she tells him that they don't always have to be killed. Meanwhile, Carol and Mika stumble across a pecan grove with a house on the property. They backtrack to get the rest of the group before entering the house. Tyreese and Carol leave the girls outside with Judith while they clear the house. Suddenly, a walker emerges from a side door, prompting Mika to shoot it, alerting Tyreese and Carol. Lizzie is visibly upset with Mika killing the walker. Later that evening, the group is in the house. Carol and Lizzie are at the table cracking pecans, and Mika finds a doll upstairs to play with. During this time, Tyreese takes a moment to look around at the unusual sight of being able to sit in a living-room. Mika simply tells him to relax, and that they could stay there forever.
The next morning, Carol starts the teapot, only to look out the window and see Lizzie playing with a walker. Carol immediately runs outside and kills it, while Lizzie vehemently protests. Carol later takes Mika out to go deer hunting, but she is unable to shoot a deer due to her personal vendetta against killing. Carol and Tyreese are seen later getting water from the well, in which Tyreese tells her that he's not ready to be around people yet, and that he trusts her as a person. During this time Mika runs outside the house to find Lizzie, and spots her rounding the yard. Lizzie can be seen feeding a mouse to the walker who had fallen on the railroad tracks toward the beginning of the episode. Mika catches up with her, and tells her that they're not alive, and that they're bad. Lizzie insists that she can hear them talking. During their argument, burned walkers begin emerging from the forest, and the two girls run back to the house, screaming for Carol. Carol and Tyreese hear their cries when they get back to the yard, and begin shooting the walkers that are chasing after the girls. Lizzie and Mika join in the shooting. Later that night, Carol asks Lizzie if she understands walkers now, and Lizzie says that she does. She cooks pecans with Lizzie and Mika, and mentions that she used to bake them with her grandmother when she was little.
The next morning, Tyreese and Carol are out hunting, and Tyreese begins talking about Karen, and telling Carol that he sees her in his sleep, haunting him. Carol tells him that people who are dead probably exist there to remind you of what once was. Upon returning to the house, Carol and Tyreese stumble upon a horrific sight. Lizzie has killed Mika with her knife, firmly believing that she would come back to life. Carol reaches for Lizzie's knife, but Lizzie pulls her gun, and tells Carol that they need to wait. Lizzie also mentions that she planned to kill Judith, but Carol convinces her to give her the gun, and to go with Tyreese back inside the house, creating the ruse that she will tie up Mika. Lizzie agrees and returns to the house with Tyreese and Judith, while Carol is suggested to kill Mika before reanimation. Later on, Tyreese and Carol make the revelation that Judith is not safe around Lizzie, and Lizzie can't be around other people. The decision regarding Lizzie is silently unanimous: she had to be executed. Later on, Carol takes Lizzie out under the ruse of gathering flowers for Mika. Lizzie gets the sense that Carol is mad at her, but is convinced that Carol's anger is because Lizzie pointed a gun at her earlier. Crying, Lizzie turns away, and Carol tells Lizzie to look at the flowers as she shoots her in the back of the head. Tyreese watches the execution from the kitchen window of the house, and they bury the two girls together in the yard. Later that night, Carol hands her revolver to Tyreese and confesses to Tyreese that she was the one to kill Karen and David at the prison. After Tyreese learns that Karen's killing was quick and that she was unaware of what was happening to her, he forgives Carol. The two leave the house in the morning with Judith, continuing on their way to Terminus.
Carol appears during a flashback in the prison, where she is seen walking with Tyreese and Ricks stops them to ask for Carol's spear pole so he can kill the walkers gathered near the fences.
While traveling with Tyreese and Judith, Carol tells Tyreese that she will make sure that him and Judith are safe inside Terminus, but that she will not stay there. They then see a walker come out of the woods, which Tyreese refuses to kill because of his emotional instability. Carol does it and realizes that a herd is coming through the woods. They hide from the herd, but the herd is distracted by the sound of gunshots coming from the direction of Terminus. The trio dodges the herd and finds another track that leads east on the other side of Terminus. They then get the drop on Martin (a Terminus resident) setting up charges to distract any potential walkers from the sound of the gunshots. When they overhear him mention Michonne and Carl, it becomes clear that Rick's group is being held at his base and is in danger. Carol and Tyreese tie up Martin, and she leaves Judith with Tyreese and heads out to the compound to rescue her friends on her own. She smears herself in walker blood to sneak in with the herd that they encountered, which is approaching the complex.
Upon reaching Terminus, she infiltrates the complex by exploding the large propane tank by the gates by using a high powered military rifle and bottle rocket. She then sneaks in with the herd. This distraction gives Rick, Daryl, Glenn, and Bob the opportunity they need to escape from the butchers, who are about to slaughter them for meat. While searching through the buildings, Carol happens upon a room where the captives' possessions are held. She spots Daryl's crossbow and finds the watch that Rick had given to Sam (S4 ep. "Indifference"), who was also being held at Terminus. Carol then enters the ritual room, where she is cornered by Mary. Carol manages to fight her off, asking Mary where Rick and the others were. When Mary doesn't answer, Carol shoots her in the leg, crippling her. Mary tells Carol that Terminus was a sanctuary at one point, but changed into a complex where they lured people in, in order to take their possessions and be used as a food source. Carol is disgusted by Mary's immoral delusions and opens the door to the outside, allowing several walkers in to devour the crippled Mary. Carol then leaves.
As the facility is overrun, Carol makes it back to the woods and encounters the group. Daryl, Rick, and the rest of the survivors are stunned and have an emotional reunion with her. Daryl is overcome with emotion and runs to Carol hugging her and crying because he was so happy to have her back. Upon realizing that Carol set the events at Terminus in motion, Rick is overwhelmed with gratitude. Rick, Carl, and Sasha are further overjoyed when she leads the group back to the cabin where Tyreese is with Judith. Tyreese admits to Carol that he'd been forced to kill Martin, after Martin had threatened to kill Judith.
Carol can be first seen at a creek with Tyreese, filling water bottles. Tyreese tells her that he talked to the rest, and that everyone knew what she did at the prison, and that they were okay with it. Both she and Tyreese seem still scarred about the events with the girls during their trek towards Terminus. Tyreese expresses he doesn't want to tell the others about what happened. She's later seen talking with Rick, and he's expressing his gratitude towards her and he owes her everything. Rick seems to be apologetic about banishing her, but she tells him he did it so she can survive. He tells Carol he's with her all the way, and asks her "Will you have us?" and she nods her head yes. She then can be seen with Daryl, at nighttime on guard, saying that she doesn't want to talk about what happened. He respects her wishes on not to speak about it and leaves it alone. She and Daryl then hear a noise, but don't discover what the noise is. Daryl the next day can be heard talking to Rick about his suspicion that someone was watching them the night before. Carol then helps the group kill some walkers attacking Gabriel, who is pleading for help. Gabriel takes the group back to his church and several group members search his it. Carol is amongst them, and finds Gabriel's writings on his desk, referring to the Bible and the divine word of God.
Later, Carol can be seen with Daryl getting gallon jugs of water and rigging up a car for travel. Daryl tells Carol that she can go back to the way things were, to which Carol seems reluctant. Daryl tries to flirt with Carol and ends up throwing a jug of water at her feet. Carol smiles for the first time in a long time. During Abraham's speech at the church about survivors, Carol is seen to be looking intently at the door and seems to be planning to leave. She soon disappears, only to be discovered by Daryl at the car that they rigged up earlier. Daryl asks what she's doing, and she says that she doesn't know. He tells her to come on with him back to the church. They then see another car pass by in the dark, and Daryl recognizes it immediately as the same car that took Beth. He smashes the tail lights out on the car and tells Carol to get in. The two drive off in pursuit of the car.
Carol appears briefly at the end of the episode. She has been rendered unconscious after being hit by a station wagon, driven by 2 officers at Grady Memorial Hospital in an attempted rescue mission for Beth. Shocked, Beth witnesses her being brought in on a stretcher, very soon after the events of "Consumed".
Carol and Daryl drive on in pursuit of the mysterious car until their vehicle runs out of gas. They spend the night in an abandoned women's shelter where Carol and Sophia once stayed to temporarily escape from Ed's abuse. Nearby noise leads them to a pair of walkers - a mother and child - trapped in one of the other rooms. Carol moves to kill them but Daryl insists that it isn't necessary. The next morning Carol sees Daryl outside cremating the mother and child, and she goes out to thank him. They leave and scout the area, spotting in the distance a white cargo van hanging off the side of a highway - marked with the same white crosses that were on the other vehicles Daryl encountered. They are soon ambushed by Noah, who steals their weapons and flees. Carol draws her hidden revolver and tries to shoot him in the leg, but Daryl stops her, much to her anger. She reveals that she left the church due to not wanting to see anyone else die. Daryl is angry because she said she was with him and trying, reminding her that they are both in this together. They move on to investigate the white van, finding nothing but a stretcher from Grady Memorial Hospital, which gives them their first solid lead. They are quickly surrounded by walkers, forcing them to escape by riding the van over the edge and onto the ground below, holding hands as they go. Carol sustains a few injuries, leaving her with a limp. Having both survived relatively unharmed, the two head up another office building to scope out the hospital. Up to this point of the episode the pair has been discussing their respective journeys and why they need to keep surviving despite all the horrors they have been through. Noise from elsewhere in the building leads them back to Noah fighting off some walkers and fleeing once again. Daryl chases him, and Carol catches up to find Noah trapped beneath a book shelf with a walker trying to get at him from the unblocked doorway. Carol begs Daryl to save him, and after some reluctance Daryl kills the walker and helps to free Noah, who tells them of Beth and their recent escape from the hospital. They flee when a white-cross car approaches, but Noah collapses on his injured leg and Daryl stays back to help him. Carol runs ahead and is accidentally struck by the white-cross car seen earlier, knocking her unconscious. Daryl is frantic to get to Carol, but Noah- promising that she will get proper medical treatment and that she and Beth can be rescued- convinces Daryl to stay back, and they watch as Officers O'Donnell and Alvarado place her on a stretcher and into the car before speeding off.
Throughout the episode, several flashbacks convey some of Carol's experiences after being banished by Rick: the first one shows her taking shelter in a law firm in Griffin, Georgia for an evening before she notices the smoke rising from the nearby prison, prompting her to drive over and discover the settlement in ruins. She is next seen burying Mika and Lizzie's bodies at the pecan grove and then looking up at the sky to see the plume of smoke seen originally in "The Grove". The next one shows her watching the bodies of Karen and David burn. The last flashback shows her alone in the immediate aftermath of the Terminus breakout, cleaning herself off from her walker camouflage-disguise and then walking away.
Carol is seen briefly at the start of the episode, still unconscious from the car incident, when Beth is examining her from the door, and Steven Edwards checks on her.
Rick tells Michonne that he has to go as he reminds her that he owes Carol everything. She is then mentioned by Officer O'Donnell, who is suggesting turning off the machines that are keeping Carol alive and letting her pull through herself, saying they "can't keep wasting valuable resources".
Carol is seen again, briefly, towards the end of the episode, when Beth successfully completed her plan to get Carol drugs, "Epinephrine", as told by Steven would save her life. Beth administers the epinephrine and waits for Carol to wake up, holding her hand and looking down in anguish."I just wanted you to know I was here," Beth says, in a way to comfort both her and Carol. Carol, however, remains unconscious for the rest of the episode.
Carol is mentioned several times throughout the episode by Rick and co., regarding their plan on saving her and Beth.
After receiving medication, Carol is seen starting to wake up as Beth and Dawn are talking. Later when the hostage exchange is about to take place, Carol is seen being wheeled in a wheelchair by Beth and they hold hands as they see their group. Officer Licari is exchanged for Carol and Officer Shepard is exchanged for Beth. After Beth is accidentally shot in the head by Dawn, Carol and the rest look on in horror. Carol comes to try to comfort a distraught Daryl to put down his gun, and they both begin to cry. Carol is seen being helped to walk by Tyreese as they leave the hospital with the rest of the group, and everyone looks on in grief to see Daryl carrying Beth's corpse.
Carol and the others stay behind while Rick, Michonne, Glenn, Noah, and Tyreese investigate a neighborhood which could be a potential safe haven. After the group discovers that the neighborhood had fallen, and that Tyreese had been bitten and later died, they regroup and bury Tyreese.
Carol is first seen sitting on the road with others waiting for Daryl, Maggie and Sasha. When the truck ran out of gas, Carol is seen walking on the side of the road with rest of the group. When Daryl leaves to hunt/forage, Carol goes with him and comforts him over all that they have lost and gently kissing him on the forehead. As they keep moving on and find some cars, Daryl decides to circle back and Carol suggests going with him, but he refuses. While sitting on the road 4 dogs come out of nearby bushes, but Sasha kills them. Later when the group spotted the bottles of water, Carol pointed out that the water might have been poisoned, but they hear thunder and lightning and they all enjoy the rain until they feel a tornado coming and headed to the barn that Daryl found earlier. While they were clearing the barn she says to Maggie that some people don't give up just like them. Carol is later seen sitting next to the fire, she comments that Carl keeps bouncing back and listens to Rick's story.
When Aaron is being interrogated by Rick, Carol looks in irritation as Aaron avoids a question. She later helps tie Aaron up after Rick knocks him unconscious. She rides in the RV during the night, arriving at the flare which Eric fired unharmed and happily embraces Rick and Michonne. She then rides the RV arriving at the safe zone with the others and tells Rick "even though you were wrong, you were right."
Carol enters the Alexandria Safe-Zone with the rest of her group and is individually interviewed by Deanna Monroe. During the interview, Carol pretends to come off as weak, stating that she was a housewife who only did the laundry and gardening before the apocalypse and always prepared dinner for her "stupid, wonderful" husband. She goes on to say that she was happy her group accepted her, stating that she felt like a den mother who is always protected, purposefully leaving out details of the events she endured and her transformation into a strong survivor. She expresses that she is a people person and wants to join a junior league to help others. After everyone is interviewed, she is the last to hand over her weapons to Olivia, struggling to remove her rifle and placing it in the bin, further displaying her "weakness". As the group begins to settle in their house, she and Carl go to their other house next door to explore. Inside the empty house, she takes a notepad that she uses to doodle as seen that night. The next day, Carol receives her assignment as a caretaker to cook for senior citizens and busy mothers, having changed her appearance to well-groomed in a blouse, cardigan, and khaki dress pants. The night after the confrontation at the town gates, Carol emerges from the house onto the porch and speaks with Daryl and Rick on the porch, discussing that they can get comfortable but not weak.
Carol is first seen outside the walls, plotting with Rick and Daryl to steal guns. When a walker comes along, she empties her clip into it to give the illusion they had gone shooting. She is seen exchanging cooking tips with other women before excusing herself to talk to Rick, telling him she can handle stealing the guns herself. She heads to the storage house and asks Olivia for cokking supplies, amazed that the group have chocolate. When Tobin and another man come to check out some weapons, she feigns interest so she can unlock the window for later access. At the party, she socialises for a bit before snekaing off to steal guns. She takes three before Jessie Anderson's son Sam spots her. She threatens to abduct him and leave him for walkers if he tells what she had been doing. The next day she gives a gun to Rick, but Daryl refuses to take one.
After hearing a disturbance in her house from upstairs, Carol goes down to the pantry underneath the stairwell, where she finds Sam trying to steal ingredients to make cookies. He states that he can't make them at his house, because they don't have power (due to Alexandria's solar arrays malfunctioning). Carol is unsympathetic, and tells Sam to leave. Sam insists that he helps her make the cookies himself, and Carol reluctantly obliges, on the condition that he must steal chocolate from Olivia and not get caught in doing so. He is successful, and the two bake cookies. Sam then continuously tries to talk to Carol, despite her repeatedly asking him not to Finally, she begins to open up to him somewhat, saying that cooking helps her to feel better when she gets sad. Sam then states that he breaks things when he gets sad, and that he was the one who broke the owl statue that he, Jessie, and Ron had been working on. Taken aback, Carol asks Sam why, but he counters by asking why she stole the guns. He then asks Carol if he can have one, only to run off back to his house when she asks him who it's for. She then goes to Pete and Jessie's house to make sure Sam was alright. When she asks Pete this, he nervously asks why he wouldn't be. When she asks to speak to Jessie, he grows even more nervous and says that she can't be seen right now. Having experienced this with Ed in the past, Carol is immediately cued in to Pete's abuse of Jessie (and possibly Sam), which she later reports to Rick. She tells him that he knows the only way he can put a stop to this: by killing Pete.
After the death of Aiden Monroe, Carol prepares a casserole and delivers it to Deanna to express her sympathy for her loss. As she was preparing the meal, Sam appeared outside the house and told Carol about Pete's abuse of Jessie, including a harrowing incident where Sam found his mother unconscious in the middle of the night. Carol relays this information to Rick, who asks her why she cares about Jessie's situation. Carol tells him he knows why and then reveals she's seen the way Rick talks with Jessie. Carol admits that if the walkers had failed to kill Ed then she would not be standing there right now. Rick assures her she would, before briskly walking away.
The following day, Carol witnesses a brutal fight between Rick and Pete. A frightened Sam runs to Carol, who comforts him as the battle continues. When Rick gains the upper hand, Carol watches as Rick points his gun at Deanna and the other spectators and tells them that don't know how to run things with the world the way it is now. He then reveals that their way of doing things is done. Carol appears to agree with Rick's speech, but he is knocked out by Michonne.
The morning after the fight, Carol visits Rick and Michonne alongside Abraham and Glenn. Carol puts on an act in front Michonne, Abraham and Glenn and asks Rick why he stole the gun from the armory. Rick appears somewhat taken aback that Carol wants to keep up their ruse in front of the others, but he plays along and says he stole the gun just in case. Glenn reveals that Deanna is holding a meeting to discuss what to do with Rick. Carol tells Rick he needs to tell the townspeople that he was worried about someone being abused and nobody was doing anything about it, and that he stole the gun to protect himself from a man who wound up attacking him. When Michonne asks her why that would work, Carol reveals that the people of Alexandria are children, and children like stories. Rick then comes up with a plan with the others where they take the town by force if need be.
Later on, Carol returns to Rick alone and wakes him up. She reveals it's good what happened last night and that they have more cover now, she then hands over a gun. Rick asks why she kept the guns from Michonne, Glenn and Abraham and Carol reveals that she did it just in case, because Michonne was the one who knocked Rick out. He assures Carol that Michonne is with them. Rick confides to Carol that he doesn't want to lie anymore. Carol points out that he doesn't want to lie but he also doesn't want to take the town, she then says "sunshine, you don't get both."
Carol visits Pete and delivers him food. She insists that he check on Tara Chambler's condition. When he tries to kick her out, Carol pulls out a knife and threatens him. Initially, Pete appears amused, but when Carol reminds him that everybody would believe her if she killed him in cold blood and then lied and said that he attacked her. He cowers upon realising how serious and deadly she is. Carol calls him small, weak and nothing and remarks that with the world the way it is, he's even weaker. She hands over the food and demands coldly that she wants the dish back clean when he's done.
During the town meeting, Carol defends Rick against Deanna and continues her helpless act by revealing that she would be dead if it wasn't for Rick and that everybody should listen to what Rick has to say. Sometime later, Rick turns up and brings along a dead walker that got into the town after the gate was left open. After he makes a passionate speech about what needs to be done to keep the town and everybody in it alive, Pete enters the scene, armed with Michonne's sword. Carol urges Rick to not act straight away and see how it plays out. Pete then accidentally slits the throat of Deanna's husband Reg, who dies seconds after. A devastated Deanna gives Rick permission to kill Pete, which he does without hesitation. Just then, Carol and the others watch as Daryl and Aaron arrive back into town alongside Morgan, an old friend of Rick's from the early days of the apocalypse.
Carol is seen in flashbacks in this episode showing the aftermath of Pete and Reg's deaths. As Rick is explaining his plan to lead the large group of walkers away from Alexandria, Carol speaks up, supporting Rick and saying that although the situation is terrifying, there does not seem to be another way.
In another flashback as Alexandrians are building up the wall to block the walkers from heading in the wrong direction, Carol is seen handing out cups of water. She has a short conversation with Rick saying since Rick and Daryl are teaching her how to shoot, she should go with Rick and the others in the quarry with Rick jokingly stating that he thinks Carol is good enough with a gun. Rick tells Carol to keep up her persona to get a feel of how the Alexandrians feel about Rick. Rick says they have a long way to go with Carol telling Rick that Deanna is in charge, but Rick is in charge now. Carol then has a conversation with Morgan. She hands him a cup of water and Morgan thanks her. Morgan asks her how long she's been with Rick and she says shes been with Rick since the start back at Atlanta. Morgan asks if she was a cop too like Rick. Carol asks why he thinks that and he says that he notices that Carol is always watching, always ready to handle things. Carol says "aren't you sweet" and she walks away.
Carol is seen talking with Olivia, Erin, and Shelly Neudermeyer in the pantry. She tells Shelly to stop complaining about the pasta if she plans on smoking inside the house. Later, while preparing dinner, she witnesses Shelly smoking outside. Suddenly, a member of the Wolves appears and brutally kills her. Carol springs into action, orders Carl to watch over Judith and sneaks out to help stop the attackers.
Carol notices the W's on the Wolves' heads, kills one of them who had just fatally wounded Erin, and disguises herself in order to move freely among the chaos. She holds Erin in her arms and attempts to soothe her as she bleeds out and then puts her out of her misery with a knife to the back. Whilst disguised, Carol kills at least four more Wolves in spite of Morgan trying to talk her out of killing the attackers. She makes it to the armory and finds Olivia hiding in a closet. She orders her to guard the bigger guns as she takes a bag full of the smaller ones to distribute to the others. She comes across Morgan tying up one of the Wolves and instead shoots him, rejecting Morgan's continuous efforts to stop the attackers by non-lethal means.
After the attack, Carol finds a pack of Shelly's cigarettes and briefly cries before noticing an A marked on the side of their house. At the end, Carol and Morgan walk past each other and share glances.
A few hours after the wolves attack, Rick returns to Alexandria, bringing half of the herd from the quarry with him. Carol is present as Rick gives a speech to the surviving residents, urging them to keep calm and to keep noise to a minimum. He also reveals that Glenn, Nicholas, Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham are yet to return safely.
Later that night, Spencer takes Carol's shift to go on watch for the missing survivors.
Carol is seen, along with Michonne and Rick, confronting Morgan about him not killing the Wolves that had attacked them earlier, where Morgan tells her, Rick and Michonne that he knows that the people that attacked them can still change, but Carol herself tells him back that the Wolves had killed and burned some of the people in Alexandria.
She is then seen again watching Morgan suspiciously leading Denise to the makeshift jail cell he had kept the W Man in and goes to Jessie's house to drop Judith off there. Sam then asks her if the people who attacked them are the monsters and that if she'll turn into one, but Carol says tells him that killing is the only way to prevent oneself from turning into a monster.
Later, she follows Morgan and confronts him about what he's doing, and later asks him who he is keeping inside.
Carol is seen along with Morgan running from the herd that has entered Alexandria, where she trips and hits her head. Morgan helps her up and they continue retreating towards the nearby house with the makeshift jail cell just as the herd begin to infest the streets.
Morgan then tries to tend to her injury on her head, but she refuses. Morgan urges her to rest, at first refusing, but later does so to pretend to actually be resting. Afterwards, as Morgan turns looks at the makeshift jail cell, she shoves him aside and runs downstairs where she finds Owen below along with Denise, whom she orders to back away.
She and Morgan confront each other, where she tells Morgan that she doesn't want to kill him, but the W Man. Morgan tries to dissuade her from doing so, but Carol tells him that she has to in order to avoid letting more people die, refusing to let anyone else die. She then threatens Morgan that she will kill him if he gets in her way, but Morgan knocks her knife out of her hand and the two struggle against each other. However, Morgan later gains the upperhand and slams her to the ground, knocking her unconscious before he, himself, is knocked unconscious by Owen after becoming distracted.
Upon waking up, Carol is anxious to discover that Morgan was also knocked out by the W Man and that he has escaped, taking Denise with him. Carol asks Rosita for her gun. Later on, Carol watches the horde of zombies through a window when Morgan approaches her and tries to talk about her family. He then says he didn't mean to hurt her, but Carol doesn't want to hear this, and says he tries to convert the W Man for himself, not for the group. Carol then expresses to Morgan how she wishes she had killed him. Morgan tells her she can't and walks away.
Sometime after, Carol spots Denise and Owen making a run for the infirmary. She pulls out her gun and shoots Owen in the chest, whilst shouting at Denise to get to safety. Carol appears shocked to see Owen sacrifice himself to the walkers so Denise can escape.
Carol tells Tara that Denise is safe and also reveals that Rick is making a stand against the zombies with Michonne and several others. Carol joins them and helps fight off the walkers. The survivors are successful in winning back Alexandria. The following morning, Carol is among the survivors seen resting outside the infirmary, holding a silent and reflective vigil for Carl, who was seriously wounded by a bullet to the head during walker invasion.
Carol is first seen collecting ingredients at the pantry and acorn. She then bakes cookies and distributes them to the residents of Alexandria, and has a brief conversation with Tobin.
Later, she is seen at the cemetery, and is confronted by Morgan, who asks why she didn't tell Rick and the others about Owen. She evades the question and leaves, placing a cookie by Sam's grave.
She is present at the church meeting to discuss the Saviors and the course of action against them. That night, she writes down the names of every person she's ever killed, eighteen total. She goes out for a walk and again meets up with Tobin. He tells her that she's able to do terrible things but still keep her maternal instincts, being in some ways, a mother for the survivors. She then asks if he considers her a mother, and he tells her that he considers her something more, and they kiss.
She is part of the strike team against the Saviors, and questions Rick as to why Maggie is with them, given her state. She is approached by Rosita, who questions her about Morgan and why they haven't told anyone.
At night, she tells Maggie that she shouldn't be out there with them. She hears the alarm coming from the Saviors outpost, but stays behind with Maggie.
An armed man ambushes Carol and Maggie, who are guarding the perimeter of the Saviors' compound. Carol shoots him in the arm but spares his life. Three more Saviors move in and take Carol and Maggie hostage. Paula puts Maggie and Carol in a car and radios for backup. Paula's group brings Maggie and Carol to a slaughterhouse, where they're gagged and bound in a makeshift cell. Left alone momentarily, Maggie tries to cut her bonds on the edge of a wall. Carol finds rosary beads on the floor and pockets them. Carol begins to hyperventilate. Maggie is concerned, unsure whether it's real or Carol is pretending. Upon Maggie's insistence, the Saviors remove Carol's gag and look pitifully at her as she gasps for breath and prays. Carol begs them not to hurt Maggie and the baby, and asks Molly, one of the Saviors, to refrain from smoking on account of the pregnancy. Michelle, one of the other Saviors, surprisingly backs Carol up. Donnie, the Savior who Carol shot in the woods, shrieks with pain and threatens to kill Carol. Paula orders him to leave Carol alive as insurance until backup arrives in 30 minutes. Donnie smacks Paula. Maggie trips him as he goes for Carol, and they fight. Carol thanks Paula for helping her and Maggie with Donnie. "You're pathetic," Paula tells Carol. Carol explains to Paula that her group killed the people at the outpost because the Saviors ambushed Daryl's group on the road, instilling them with a fear of Negan. "We had to stop him," Carol says. "Sweetie, we are all Negan," says Molly cryptically. Paula continues to share her story with Carol, making Carol herself see the vulnerablility in Paula. After Carol tells Paula that she'll die unless she makes the trade, Paula eventually radios Rick again and tells him to meet her in a nearby field. Afterwards, she worries that the absence of static on the walkie means that Rick's group is close, possibly already outside the slaughterhouse. Paula contacts her reinforcements, who are now only minutes away. She and Molly leave Carol alone in the cell. In their absence, Carol sharpens the crucifix on the rosary beads and uses it to cut herself free. Carol finds Maggie and suggests they quietly escape, but Maggie insists, "We can't leave them alive. We have to finish this." They return to the cell and realize that Donnie died from his gunshot wound and is beginning to turn. Maggie and Carol find a hallway full of impaled but living walkers, designed to slow them down or trap them. From behind, Paula fires at them until she runs out of bullets. Carol aims her gun at Paula and orders her to run, despite Maggie's insistence that Carol kill Paula. A walker attacks, causing Carol to shoot Paula in the shoulder. Maggie kills the walker, then races over to fight Michelle. During their struggle, Maggie's abdomen is slightly slashed by Chelle's knife, but Carol then manages to shoot Michelle in the head killing her. Maggie and Carol find Paula injured on the ground. Paula asks what Carol is so afraid of when she's so capable. "I was afraid of this," Carol says, alluding to Paula's death by her hands. Paula lunges at her. Carol shoves Paula into a speared walker, who tears off a portion of Paula's face and begins to devour her. Moments later, a Savior calls Paula's walkie to announce that reinforcements have arrived. "Meet us on the kill floor," Carol responds mimicking Paula's voice. As Maggie and Carol wait for the Saviors, Carol confesses that she has killed 20 people. Maggie urges her not to think about it. "I can't stop," Carol says. Carol and Maggie trap the newly arrived Saviors on the kill floor, which they've doused with gasoline. Carol throws her lit cigarette into the room and watches as the bodies go up in flames. Maggie kills the impaled walkers, including Paula, as she and Carol make their way to the exit. They find Rick's group just outside the door, about to storm the building. As Maggie and Glenn reunite, Daryl asks Carol if she's okay. "No," Carol says. They hug.
Carol's viewpoint on her previous actions continue to haunt her as she smokes on her porch, rosary beads in hand. Carol later joins Daryl by his motorcycle and asks him about his encounter in the burned-out forest with the man that stole his motorcycle. "I should've killed them", he tells her. He asks what the Saviors did to Carol and Maggie in captivity. "To us? They didn't do anything", she says. Carol is later seen with Daryl, helping him bury Denise. She watches Daryl pocket the Dennis keychain and take an angry sip of booze. “You were right,” Carol says, referring to Daryl’s regret about letting the Saviors live. As the day goes by, Carol leaves a note meant for Tobin and the rest of the Alexandrians; in which she writes that she’s leaving Alexandria. “I love you all here, I do, and I’d have to kill for you. And I can’t. I won’t,” she writes.
Carol packs her bag in preparation for leaving Alexandria. She hides her bag when Tobin enters the room. He reminisces about Denise, whom he knew from the start of Alexandria. Carol only pretends to listen.
That night, Carol slips out of the bedroom as Tobin sleeps.
Later, Carol drives down the road and runs into a truck full of armed men - more Saviors - who shoot out her tires. Carol steps out with her hands up, telling the men her name is Nancy from Montclair. One of the men recognizes Carol's car as one of those parked outside Alexandria, and demands that she take them there. Carol begs them to return home, and when they don’t comply she opens fire with a gun she had hidden in her coat sleeve. After the shootout, one of the men jumps out of the truck and starts shooting at her. She hides behind the car and impales the man on one of the spikes, taking his gun. She orders a surviving Savior to come out from hiding. He grabs a knife and charges at her, and a gunshot sounds.
Carol is huddled in a library doorway when Morgan approaches. She tells him that she said not to come looking for her, to which he says he will start listening to her soon. He inspects a knife wound on her torso and insists on helping her.
Morgan dresses Carol’s wound inside the library. He suggests they stay the night and return to Alexandria in the morning so she can receive proper medical treatment. She refuses.
Carol explains to Morgan that she cares about Rick’s group, which means she has to kill to protect them and she can’t do that anymore. “If you don’t want to kill, or you can’t, then you have to get away from them. You do not get both,” she says. She orders him to leave and points her gun at him, but lowers it soon after. Morgan later discovers she has left without him.
Carol traps a walker and is soon attacked by another. She is able to kill it, just as the injured Savior tackles her to the ground and knocks her gun from her hand. He tells her he wants to watch her die slowly just like his friends on the road and shoots her in the arm. Carol smiles, admitting that she is happy to die. The Savior shoots her in the leg and begins to walk off, but Carol taunts him and tells him unless he kills her then she probably isn’t going to die. He turns back and is about to finish her off when Morgan appears, and after a brief stand-off he shoots the Savior dead. Carol begs Morgan to let her go, but he refuses and tells her she will come back from this. Two men wearing armor approach and offer to help.
Carol briefly appears in a dream sequence with the rest of the group at Alexandria having dinner outside.
Carol regains consciousness in the bed of a horse drawn wagon. Her wounds are fresh; it’s been a couple hours since she was shot. The men on horseback, who previously offered to get Carol medical assistance, lead the way. Morgan walks alongside the wagon. Carol falls back asleep.
She awakens, disoriented; she sees Morgan fighting walkers with help from the men on horseback. She confuses walkers for humans in her hallucinatory state. Weak and distraught, she sneaks away. She comes across a cemetery and approaches the caretaker’s abandoned cottage. An old woman beckons her from the window… then Carol suddenly realizes the old woman is a walker and she’s surrounded by walkers. Several people ride in on horseback, just in time to kill the walkers. Morgan and Carol join their group.
Carol wakes up in a bed. Morgan tells her she’s been asleep for two days. Outside, Morgan pushes Carol in a wheelchair and tells her they’re in a community called The Kingdom. Carol takes in her surroundings: kids play in the streets, residents water gardens. Morgan predicts she’ll need a week to recuperate from her injuries, at which point they can return to Alexandria. He tells her The Kingdom is run by a man who calls himself King Ezekiel and wheels her into a theater auditorium, where Ezekiel awaits with his tiger Shiva. He introduces himself to Carol and welcomes her to The Kingdom. Carol, in the meek persona she used with the Alexandrians, pretends to be in awe of The Kingdom. Ezekiel offers her fruit, suggesting she at least take the pomegranate; Carol politely declines and thanks Ezekiel.
Privately, Carol tells Morgan The Kingdom is a circus and vows to leave. Morgan refuses to let her venture out on her own.
Later, Carol sits in bed and stares at her wheelchair. She wheels herself around The Kingdom and quietly steals a knife from a crafting table. She distracts a man who’s folding laundry and steals some clothes from the table.
At night, Ezekiel catches Carol picking fruit from the garden as she prepares to leave The Kingdom. She adopts her demure persona and Ezekiel tells her not to bullshit a bullshitter. “You’re a joke,” she tells him. He confesses that he’s putting on an act and tells her about how he saved Shiva. After talking, Carol tells him she still wants to go. Ezekiel suggests a plan that would allow her to “go and not go.”
The next day, Morgan sees Carol to the cemetery. Carol enters the cottage and kills the old woman walker. She buries her outside, by the graves.
Carol stokes a fire in her new home. There’s a knock at the door; it’s Ezekiel and Shiva. He offers her a pomegranate. She smiles.
Carol reads in her cottage and eats pomegranate seeds. She hears a noise outside and looks out of the window to find a sack of produce on her porch and Morgan about to leave. She opens the front door and invites him inside, where she reveals that Ezekiel has also been bringing her produce. She says people are having a hard time believing her when she says she wants to be alone. She asks how he is, and he tells her he is fine. He tells her she is going soft and is about to leave. When he opens the door, Richard is there with bottles of water and asks to speak with them both.
Carol listens as Richard reveals his fears to her and Morgan; he doesn’t think The Kingdom can coexist with the Saviors. He believes they will inevitably destroy the Kingdom. Richard asks Carol and Morgan to help him convince Ezekiel to strike first. Carol refuses, saying she doesn’t want to be involved in their lives or their deaths and insists on being left alone. Richard dejectedly leaves, and Carol tells Morgan to leave too. She forbids him from telling anyone where she is.
This list shows the victims Carol has killed:
- Ed Peletier (Before Reanimation)
- Ryan Samuels (Before Reanimation)
- Mika Samuels (Before Reanimation)
- Lizzie Samuels
- Mary (Caused)
- Erin (Out Of Mercy)
- Black Bearded Wolf
- Satchel Wolf
- Shaved Head Wolf
- Sam Anderson (Indirectly Caused)
- Jessie Anderson (Indirectly Caused)
- Ron Anderson (Indirectly Caused)
- Owen (Alive, Caused)
- Donnie (Caused)
- Molly (Caused)
- Paula (Caused)
- Jiro (Caused)
- Roman (Indirectly Caused)
- Older Woman (Zombified)
- 4 unnamed Terminus residents (Caused and Direct)
- 3 unnamed members of the Wolves
- 7 unnamed members of the Saviors
- Numerous counts of zombies
- Carol has a mild case of claustrophobia as stated in "TS-19".
- Originally, Carol was supposed to be killed in "Killer Within", but the producers eventually decided against it and killed T-Dog in her place.
- Carol is one of the four remaining survivors left from the original Atlanta group.
- Carol is the last known original female Atlanta camp survivor and is the only female character to appear in all seasons thus far.
- Carol is the only female Atlanta survivor confirmed to have killed one or more living people.
- Carol has killed the third largest amount of living people, having a total of at least 37 kills each, while Rick has 40 kills, and the Governor has the largest with over 50 kills.
- Carol is one of two characters in the series to appear in a program outside of The Walking Dead; the other is Merle.
- Melissa McBride and Michael Rooker reprised their roles as Carol and Merle, respectively, on a 2013 episode of Conan O'Brien's talk show Conan, in which the pair disrupts O'Brien's live studio audience under the guise of "hiding from walkers."
- ↑ The Walking Dead Glen Mazzara talks about T-Dog's death and Carol The Walking Dead News (December 17, 2012)