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Possible SPOILER for Carol Peletier's future in The Walking Dead Season 7. Get out of here in case you you don't wanna know. You've been warned.

This week's episode of The Walking Dead seemed pretty harmless in comparison to that heartbreaking Season 7 premiere, but there was one small detail which held a sinister meaning that some of you might have missed. While Carol was making her way around the Kingdom to gather supplies for her escape, "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" by Bob Dylan was playing ominously in the background. Similar to last season, when The Walking Dead used a song to foreshadow Glenn's death, the show might be making good use of a classic tune to show us what's about to happen to a beloved character.

If you need a refresher on Carol's history so far, check out the video below:

I've gathered some screencaps to go along with the lyrics, to show what might be in store for our beloved (and recently mentally unstable) Carol Peletier. Parts of the lyrics were left out or altered somehow; I'll put those between brackets. Here we go!

It ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe

[It don’t matter, anyhow] If you don’t know by now

It picks up with the phrase King Ezekiel told Carol upon their first meeting, written on the wall. In that moment, he meant anyone who lives and enjoys the benefits and safety of the Kingdom must contribute in any way they can. Carol know very well the way she can best contribute is the same way she did back in Alexandria, which is killing and fighting; and she's all done with all that.

An’ it ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe

[If you don’t know by now] You'll never do somehow

It then switches to Carol, sitting on the bed and contemplating her wheelchair. She had just told Morgan that she'd wait for the right time to leave, when there was no one looking — Morgan included — and it seems she's considering just that, as the song tells her there's no use in wondering about what to do.

When your rooster crows at the break of dawn

Look out your window and I’ll be gone

And as Carol does look out the window, she sees Morgan in the bandstand practicing with Ben. Later in the episode, Morgan goes to her room after dinner and finds her missing, and she runs into Ezekiel in the middle of the night; but if her plan succeeded, she would have been gone by the break of dawn.

You’re the reason I’m trav’lin’ on

Don’t think twice, it’s all right

Don’t think twice, it’s all right

It ain’t no use in turnin’ on your light, babe

'Turning on the light' could be a reference to Morgan's brighter side, and his changing ways. Earlier in the episode he tried to talk Carol out of going away by saying he knew "what he started", meaning he recognized the unwilling changes he'd provoked in her. The song even carries on saying that's a light she never knew before — perhaps a reference to this new side of Morgan?

That light I never knowed

An’ it ain’t no use in turnin’ on your light, babe

I’m on the dark side of the road

This one is pretty self-explanatory, since everyone who's watched the show and witnessed Carol's evolution can clearly see this isn't her finest hour. Last season, she left Alexandria behind in the middle of the night (see what I did there?), and didn't even fight the Savior that was trying to kill her.

[Still] Well I wish there was somethin’ you would do or say

To try and make me change my mind and stay

Right at 'change my mind' she picks up the knife from the table, as if her survivalist side was still strong within her. And, of course, she takes the chocolate as well — as she told Ezekiel she'd take a bar of chocolate any day.

We never did too much talkin’ anyway

So don’t think twice, it’s all right

That bit was the first of two times it cut to Morgan during the line 'don't think twice it's alright'. He clearly felt responsible for Carol leaving the Safe Zone — so much so that he made it his business to go look for her — and in this episode he respected her choices, but he wouldn't let her die out there. Obviously, Morgan would have a hard time letting her go without an ounce of guilt.

It ain’t no use in callin’ out my name, gal

Like you never did before

It ain’t no use in callin’ out my name, gal

I can’t hear you anymore

When we see Carol in this scene she's long gone, and is using the 'innocent and nice Carol' as a mask to blend in. She manipulates the man into thinking she's crying and in need of tissues, just so she can grab a couple of clothes from the table. No doubt, there's no use in calling her name, because that is 'make believe' Carol.

[I’m a-thinkin’ and a-wond’rin’ all the way down the road

I once loved a woman, a child I’m told

I give her my heart but she wanted my soul

But don’t think twice, it’s all right

I’m walkin’ down that long, lonesome road, babe]

Where I’m bound, I can’t tell

But goodbye’s too good a word, gal

So I’ll just say fare thee well

I ain’t sayin’ you treated me unkind

Again, a reference to Morgan. Although some may argue he triggered Carol's change of heart — and prompted her to leave her life and everyone she knew behind — he did so with the best intentions. He also protected her in the library, rescued her from the Savior and watched over her as she got her strength back in this episode. It's also a fair assumption to say he saved her from that tough moment with Negan last episode.

You could have done better but I don’t mind

You just kinda wasted my precious time

After their private conversation this episode, it'd be a reasonable guess to say that Ezekiel and Carol might have something going on between them this season. It may be romantic, and then again it may not, but he genuinely seems to care for her — enough to pay her a visit and check up on her after she settled in her new home.

But don’t think twice, it’s all right

Once more, now as the closing words to the song, there's that request for Morgan to let her go and not feel guilty about it — as in she knows there's not much fight left in her and she may just give up on living all together.

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The song talks of saying goodbye to something dear — some even say Bob Dylan wrote it as a pep talk for himself. For Carol, it means her inner struggle between her two past selves — the submissive and helpless wife, and a merciless killer who would do anything to save the ones she loves. Leaving Alexandria was just the beginning in Carol's journey to find out exactly who she needs and wants to be, but her road to discovery hasn't been an easy one. If her talk to Ezekiel is any indication, it seems Carol has pretty much given up on life as it is.

Of course, this may all come to nothing, as it would seem that Ezekiel was able to reach out to Carol and make her stick around; but then again, it might not. Considering comic book-Carol died way back in Issue 42, her TV version has been living on borrowed time for a while. And the similarities between comic book Carol and the TV version seem to grow with every episode. In this second one, for instance, Carol actually sees some Walkers as 'real people' — in a clear reference to her comic book counter part, who committed suicide by Walker. Hey, I'm not saying I'd be happy to say goodbye to Carol anytime soon but, with her near-suicidal tendencies, I'd say her fate clearly hangs in the balance.


Has Carol really given up on life, or is there still hope for her?


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