Warning: This article contains spoilers from The Walking Dead Season 7.
The seventh season of The Walking Dead has been pretty eventful so far with the villainous Negan taking control of several settlements, including Alexandria, The Hilltop and The Kingdom. Since that traumatic season premiere saw the tyrant murder fan favorite characters Glenn and Abraham, Rick has become an emotional wreck, Daryl was imprisoned by Negan and Carol found herself in the company of King Ezekiel and his pet tiger Shiva.
Since the show returned from its mid-season break, Rick has started assembling a team to go to war against Negan and his Saviors. With the support of Jesus and all the folks at the Hilltop, we're in for an eventful second half of Season 7. Despite all of the action, the latest episode of the AMC hit raised eyebrows for many reasons including dodgy CGI, rumors of an alien invasion and Daryl's decision to lie to Carol. However, there was one other scene that has been overlooked that could be of crucial importance.
After Carol said goodbye to King Ezekiel and Jerry, she returned to her sofa to continue reading her book. Sound's pretty normal, right? In theory, yes this is a perfectly normal thing to do, however, it's the title of the book that has caused some bewilderment. The book is called Denim Dreams and if you were to perform a quick Google search you would discover that no such book exists.
In fact, the book appears more than once, seen later during the conversation between Daryl and Carol, sitting in the middle of a pile of reading material in the background. This leads to us questioning why The Walking Dead would go to so much trouble to print up an imaginary book if it wasn't somehow relevant to the storyline. While it appears that this could have little relevance to the show, it's perhaps more important to look at how it's relevant to the Carol character.
It Was A Representation Of Carol's Fresh Start
Carol may have transformed from a mousy housewife into a badass bitch, but somewhere along the way the desire to kill people subsided and her conscience took over. This season has seen the character go on an emotional journey. One could argue that it was her dream to find a better life and ever since she moved into the house on the outskirts of the Kingdom, she has taken huge steps in achieving that dream.
As I'm sure you've noticed, the character's clothing style has dramatically changed since she settled down. Gone are the beige jackets and guns and she's never wearing anything too heavy. Instead, Carol has opted for more of a casual look and in the most recent episode that casual look consisted of a denim shirt and denim jeans. The more relaxed look goes hand in hand with her new persona and it's likely that the title of this fictional book — Denim Dreams — was a little easter egg to metaphorically represent the character's journey throughout Season 7. We do love it when The Walking Dead inserts little extras like that.
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A Subtle Reference To Daryl Dixon?
The relationship that Daryl and Carol have on the hit #TV series has always been rather heartwarming. Let's face it, as fans of the show, we've been dying for the pair to reunite and we finally got our wish in the latest episode and the moment hit us right in the feels.
However, it's interesting to note that the reunion happens moments after Carol had Denim Dreams in her hand. The unique title of the book shares the same initials as Carol's best friend so perhaps this was The Walking Dead's subtle — or not so subtle — way of highlighting Carol's emotional connection to the character? Either way, it's a pretty cute theory.
Carol Is Dreaming Of Starting Her Own Clothing Line?
Perhaps the book has nothing to do with the development of Carol as a character. Maybe Carol just has an affinity for denim and now that she is starting over she has decided to pursue her denim dreams by starting up her very own post apocalyptic clothing range?
While this may sound crazy to you, just remember that Carol has burnt people alive, set Terminus alight with a flame thrower and terrorized a small child with her promise of cookies — there's no such thing as normal for Carol so who knows why she was reading Denim Dreams? Perhaps we'll never find out, but it doesn't hurt to speculate.
Or Maybe We're Simply Reading Too Much Into It?
We are all devoted Walking Dead fans and as much as we like to believe we've spotted something that others have missed, maybe the Denim Dreams theory is nothing more than that — a theory? It's a fascinating idea, that's for sure but maybe we're looking for something that just isn't there.
Having said that, it's still pretty interesting that the show opted to print a fake book for this scene and it definitely suggests that there is more to this than meets the eye. Would they really waste all that paper for such a minuscule scene if the showrunners didn't feel that it was important? I guess we'll have to wait and see.
Do you think there's more to 'Denim Dreams'?
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