You we’re just watching the Carol and Daryl show!! And glad to may I add. So the OTP is back and this time we see the events leading up to the end of the Slabtown episode.
There were a lot of scattered footage of Carol’s journey up to the rescue in Terminus. None was to answer any of our questions though as to what Carol did to survive, who she met along the way, or if she met anyone in the first place. What the flashback did though is to show Carol’s growth, that she herself was surprised she was capable of.
After following the car that abducted Beth, the two ran into Noah and after watching the episode we definitely know who Daryl’s with in the bushes! Anyone who speculated Noah, good on you! The baby faced Noah thought he could outsmart Daryl and Carol. Noah, what the hell were you thinking taking that man’s crossbow? You know that’s a death wish right?
But Daryl was easily reunited with his beloved crossbow as the two caught up with the renegade Noah, who clearly does not know what he’s doing. That’s what happens when you pretend the world is going to fix itself and stay cooped up in a hospital! You don’t develop survival skills! Are you listening Dawn?! Huh?!
Leading up to the Noah encounter, Daryl and Carol had a lot of alone time. Carol tried to justify why she wanted to make that quick get away. She said she didn’t want to just watch everyone die. Which makes a lot of sense if you’re Carol. We remember that Carol had to take care of business back in the prison by burning a couple of people. She had to shoot a deranged kid for everybody else’s safety. Even rewind back in season 1 where she had to ax her own husband’s Walker head. Carol had to do a lot to survive and that removes something in her sense of humanity. If you watched the after show, Yvette Nicole Brown, who is looking hot by the way, pointed out that Daryl held back in helping the helpless Noah because he wanted Carol to be reminded that they can still help people. He wanted her to beg for him to shoot the Walker. Daryl would never let anyone die! Daryl, the guy who would risk his neck for a little girl (Sophia). Daryl, who cradles an infant in his strong arms (Judith), would not, let a young tween die, no matter how idiotic he is.
Daryl and Carol are very in sync. If there is any other person in the group who would readily strap themselves in a careening van with Daryl, without question, besides Carol, it would be Rick. Flashback to Season 3 when they had to empty the lot in the prison. Rick only has to shout Daryl’s name and Daryl would instantly know that it means, “take care of this Walker I’m about to tackle so I can close the gate!”
When the two climbed that van, there was no exchange of words. There was a look, a nod, and some holding hands. Very Thelma and Louise.
By the end of the episode we now know how Carol ended up in Dawn’s hospital. I actually thought that Noah would fill them in about the what’s what in the hospital and Carol would pretend to be hurt but no! She gets hit by a car! But the good thing about all this, the group now knows where Beth is and they are ready to kick butt to get her and Carol out. Yes! Some Rick action! Can you believe it? We only have 2 episodes left? And the show does not comeback until February! I know someone’s rioting. Right Margaret?
So what did you guys think of the episode? How bad did you want Daryl and Carol to hook up in that bunk bed?? Do we like Noah now??? Let me know in the comments, yeah?