Written by John Edward Betancourt
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It was an episode that I think the fans were all waiting for, Daryl and Carol, together at last. Sure it may not have been romantic, because you know, zombies, but either way two awesome characters came together for their own episode after five seasons on The Walking Dead with last night's "Consumed".
This episode managed to fill in many of the blanks about Carol over the last few years, specifically what happened to her and what she became after Rick banished her from the prison. We saw her dealing with the guilt of killing Karen and David and we also found out, that she never really left the prison, she was quite literally up the road.
But, in between flashbacks, the hunt was on for Beth and it led Carol and Daryl back to Atlanta to figure out where the white cross cars come from. But of course such a task would be anything but easy on this show, since the two of them are being tailed by Noah, who swipes their weapons first chance he gets and oh yeah, Atlanta is still filled with the dead. In fact, it was pretty awesome to see what the city looked like after all this time since really, we only spent a little bit of time there in season one and this city of the dead led to one bone chilling and awesome moment between Carol and Daryl as they outran the dead, by falling to the ground in a white van.
It was an epic and intense scene, one that ended in splattery fashion and led us to the final moments of the show when the big surprise of the night happened since Daryl and Carol found Grady Memorial where Beth remains hidden, and Noah once again, and in an effort to hide from the crazy cops from the hospital...Carol was hit by a car driven by the very people they were trying to avoid, sending Daryl back to the church to get help.
Sadly, my only complaint for this episode is...it was filler and we know it. But at least it was fascinating filler since we really got some good insights into Carol and who she is and struggling to be. We know Daryl is the eternal bad ass nice guy. He can throw down when necessary but will still default on the side of people and good deeds, but Carol we learned, is really struggling. Beneath her terminator like demeanor is a survivor forged long before the end of the world, and one that isn't sure she likes who she is anymore.
But, being a survivor has always been her identity. She survived her awful husband, her banishment, and perhaps the most telling moment of the episode was when we saw her trying to keep it together after the slaughter at Terminus. She really seems to think she is on her own in this world, but I get the feeling the whole group is about to prove to her just how much she means to them.