This article contains spoilers from The Walking Dead Season 7.
Carol Peletier has had somewhat of an extraordinary journey on The Walking Dead. Over the course of seven seasons, Carol has transformed from an oppressed housewife into the most badass warrior on primetime #TV. We've seen her kill people, set people on fire, blow up a settlement, kill a murderous child and bake enough cookies for all of eternity. Is there anything she can't do?
However, Carol came to somewhat of an emotional realization in #TheWalkingDeadSeason7 — she disliked the killing machine that she had become and felt as if she needed to start over. After leaving Alexandria, she found her way to The Kingdom but decided to move into a house on her own at the outskirts of The Kingdom, away from all civilization — something that both King Ezekiel and Morgan struggled to accept. As well as moving on from her friends, Carol wants no part of war.
However, things changed dramatically for our badass warrior in tonight's episode as she finally reunited with one of her former friends from Alexandria and some home truths came to light — sort of. This reunion marks a huge turning point for Carol and her character, but how will this big moment affect both Carol and the show going forward?
Daryl Reunited With Carol
After Richard inadvertently told Daryl that Carol had been living on the outskirts of The Kingdom, it didn't take long for the wounded crossbow-loving warrior to hunt down his best friend. #TheWalkingDead doesn't often give us happy moments to be grateful for because, you know, all of the dying, but the reunion between Daryl and Carol was definitely one of those rare moments that hit us right in the feels for a good reason.
Carol had been putting up a hard exterior, but seeing her wounded best friend standing, lonesome and emotional, on her porch was enough to knock down that wall and Carol gave him a huge hug. However, as happy as we were at the pair's reunion, things got much more interesting in the following scene.
Daryl Didn't Tell Her What Happened To Glenn And Abraham
Regardless of her motives, Carol had some explaining to do — she abandoned the folks at Alexandria and Daryl was extremely hurt by it. She explained that she couldn't lose any more people that she loved and with the threat of the Saviors looming over their community, she knew that loss was going to be inevitable, so she left. Carol pleaded with Daryl to tell her that everybody at Alexandria was still alive and, with tears streaming down her face, she awaited an answer. Despite his intention of telling her the truth, Carol's feelings were enough to make Daryl be careful of what he said.
Daryl told her that everybody is fine and that the Saviors came but nobody got hurt, which made Carol sigh in relief. The pair then sat together and had dinner — just like the good old days — before parting ways. As much as I appreciate Daryl's motives for keeping this a secret, I have a feeling that this is going to backfire.
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Will Carol Find Out The Truth?
As this is The Walking Dead, it's inevitable that Carol will find out the truth about Glenn and Abraham, however, it'll probably be a long way off. Carol is still intent on building herself a new life and Daryl and Morgan have both allowed her to mantain the peace and tranquility to do so; don't expect any action from Carol anytime soon. If we know The Walking Dead, it'll probably be the season finale before Carol is enlightened.
However, it's only a matter of time before the truth will come out and it'll be interesting to see how Carol reacts to this devastating news. I'll tell you one thing — I wouldn't want to be around her when she finds out.
Will The Truth Be Too Much For Carol To Handle Or Will She Seek Revenge?
The reason Daryl refrained from breaking the news to Carol was because he was worried about her mental state — she left Alexandria because she was afraid of loss and in her absence the group suffered the biggest and most heinous loss of all; how could he tell her that? The loss of Glenn and Abraham would be hard enough to handle, but considering the manner in which they were killed, it might just be enough to drive Carol over the edge.
However, Carol is and always has been a fighter and perhaps the truth is exactly what she needs right now. At the moment, she wants to forget her murderous past and refuses to take part in the post-apocalyptic world. She has clearly lost her motivation because there was a time — or five — when the group relied on Carol to break them free.
There is no doubt that Carol is the strongest of all the survivors and, as well as being able to whip up a batch of killer cookies, Carol has the potential to play unsettling games that could even fool the great Negan. When the truth does come out, I have a feeling that Carol will return to her former ways and bring out the big guns — quite literally, I mean who could forget about Terminus?
She won't leave her friends to fight the battle alone and let's be honest, Carol could probably take out the Saviors without any help. Negan had better start getting ready to look at the flowers once Carol swings back into action.
No matter what happens with the war against Negan, Carol will not be happy once she finds out what happened to her friends. Despite her quest for a new life, she'll soon discover that there is no escaping the past and this will no doubt have huge ramifications for the series moving forward. Whether or not she will resort to her previous ruthless methods has yet to be revealed — or if she will go back to baking those delicious cupcakes — but, either way, Negan had better prepare for war.
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