Remember the third season of The Walking Dead? Episode 7? No? Go re-watch it. Play it. Fast forward to 15:20. That's Carol saying to Daryl she has "nine lives."
Curiosity hit me and I went through all the near-miss moments Carol's had on the show, just to check. With the #SDCC2017 trailer for Season 8 hinting at some pretty hardcore battles, it was worth the digging — especially when I found out how many of those nine lives she's already spent.
1. The CDC
This is actually a moment worth counting for all our Season 1 characters. They didn't want to be stuck inside, they wanted to live, and they almost didn't.
"My daughter doesn't deserve to die like this."
Those were Carol's words to Jenner that day, and she made it out with the rest of the group. Actually, she pretty much saved their lives, because she'd held on to Rick's grenade from his first day at the camp. That's what I call foresight.
2. Hershel's Farm Herd
What a devastating season Carol had on #TheWalkingDead that year. She lost her daughter, then found out she'd become a walker, only to have her put down by Rick. Not only that, but the car with Lori, Beth and T-Dog just drove away, leaving Carol and Andrea behind after a herd took over Hershel's farm. If it hadn't been for Daryl hearing her screaming for help in the season finale, she'd have been lost for good. That's two.
3. At The Prison
In the Season 3 episode "Killer Within," the group got separated when walkers invaded the courtyard where they were grouped. T-Dog and Carol got cornered between two groups of walkers inside the prison and he sacrificed himself so she could escape. T-Dog certainly redeemed himself after leaving her behind at the farm.
Sickness invaded the prison during Season 4, and the group was once again separated in order to deal with it. Carol was left with Rick and, while both were trying to get the sick people some water, she ventured outside the gates to manage a pipe obstruction. Of course, the walkers came at her and Rick went to the rescue, only to send her away an episode later. Just seeing the walkers approaching her, you knew it was a close call.
5. 'You're not here... and neither am I'
This was one of those episodes that left us feeling like we all wanted to be like Carol. She kicked some serious proverbial butt in "No Sanctuary," rescuing Rick and the gang all by herself, and doing so completely inconspicuously. Here in the "candle room" — listed by Carol in her little black book of death — she had a gun pointed at her and had to fight her way out. So far, I count five.
6. Finding Beth
Along with Daryl, back in Atlanta, following a lead on Beth's whereabouts, Carol fell off a bridge in a car, had a not-so-friendly first encounter with Noah, and lastly was run over by the same people who took Beth in the first place. All that in the space of a day! Then, as if all that hadn't already been debilitating enough, she ran the risk of being unplugged from life support. It was Beth who worked her way around Dawn — and the Doc — to get Carol the medicine she needed to survive.
7. The Wolf / Morgan
Between having a concussion, being knocked down unconscious by Morgan (oh Morgan, why?) and the Wolf leader taking advantage of the situation, I'd say it was a little bit too much — and a lot of luck considering she'd already hit her head once that day.
8. 'The Same Boat'
In the Season 6 episode "The Same Boat," Carol and Maggie were kidnapped by a group of Saviors after Rick and the gang attacked an outpost. After being threatened and bullied at will, Maggie stood up as a fierce and protective mother to be, while Carol broke her no-kill rule to save Maggie and her unborn baby's life.
9. 'The Last Day On Earth'
Then, in Season 6 finale "The Last Day On Earth," Carol found herself face-to-face with another Savior. She'd left Alexandria because she felt she was no longer able to continue with all the violence and killing, but pretty soon she found that, in order to survive, she'd have to kill some more. She offed a group of Saviors on the road, and the only survivor tracked her, threatened her and shot her three times. Were it not for Morgan's last minute breaking of his own "every life is precious" rule, that would've been the end of Carol.
Well, that's nine near-misses for Carol, which means she might be biting the bullet the next time she finds herself in dire straits. Sadly, the recently released trailer for #TheWalkingDeadSeason8 shows Carol sitting on an overpass, looking at a flower drawn on the concrete.
While this could clearly be a bad omen for our favorite The Walking Dead heroine, it could also simply be a callback to her iconic "look at the flowers" moment with Lizzie in Season 4. Since the season premiere will be the show's 100th episode, some callbacks and homages to previous seasons are bound to happen anyway.
Do you think Carol is running on borrowed time?