Written by: John Edward Betancourt
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I have to admit, I think the simple ending of The Walking Dead this week disturbed me more than I originally thought. The fact that Carol was so nonchalant about telling Rick that she was indeed the one that killed Karen and David, well it was more bonechilling than the herd of walkers that greeted Daryl and his gang a few minutes earlier on the episode.
It disturbed me only because well, Carol has clearly grown as the show has gone on and now she has crossed an incredible line. One that I have to say will never be forgiven or forgotten as the show continues on. Honestly how do they? How will anyone be okay with her pulling this off, especially if the much needed medicine returns to the prison and saves many a life?
Carol made an incredible decision and taking a moment to look at her logic, her goal made sense. She wanted to stop the spread of the infection. But of course, her actions were all wrong. This is a world where man is an endangered species and while survival of the species is no where near guaranteed her actions made it all the more difficult and worse with the potential to save lives through the few medicines that still exist. Yet we love the character so much since she has such a big heart that in many ways there was no way to take it serious at first. This is a twist that took its time to hit all of us.
In fact once her choice to end two lives sunk in, I realized that Carol has stepped down an incredibly dark road. One that I have only seen one other man take...Philip "The Governor" Blake. His words from last season's finale; "You kill or you die or you die and you kill" rang true with Carol's confession.
Either way, Rick knows she has killed. Tyreese will want justice when the flu nightmare is over and the survivors are faced with the choice of what to do with Carol. Because in the few short weeks Season Four has been on the air, I'm seeing now that the living dead are the least of their worries, and the Governor is but a pain in the ass waiting out there. No the greatest threat facing Rick Grimes and his band of survivors is not the flu or the death that waits around every corner...but our instinct for survival, and Carol now embodies this since she has chosen to do whatever it takes.