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After what felt like a lifetime, but was only really just about a full year, The Walking Dead finally reunited one of our favorite pair of characters and, well, we’re having mixed feelings about it.
Of course, we’re talking about the long-awaited reconnection between Carol (Melissa McBride) and Daryl (Norman Reedus) after the latter arrived at the Kingdom for safeguarding against the Saviors in last week’s midseason premiere. And it might have never happened if it weren’t for Richard and his plot to lure the Saviors to Carol’s cabin, sacrificing her in order to force King Ezekiel into joining the war against Negan and his crew.
Naturally, Daryl was never going to let that bit of insanity happen. But it did alert him to Carol’s whereabouts, no thanks to Morgan’s lie last week about her leaving for parts unknown. And seeing the two share a hug, for the first time since they embraced after she and Maggie escaped from Paula’s compound last season, filled us with all kinds of happiness.
It’s what happened after that we’re still not sure how to feel about. As they sat down for a meal, Carol burst into tears and asked Daryl if the Saviors came to Alexandria, if they hurt anyone. And in that moment, Daryl made the decision to keep Carol in the dark about Glenn and Abraham’s murders, telling her that Rick and the gang won.
On the one hand, it’s sweet that he’s trying to protect his friend from the savagery that everyone else is still struggling to recover from. But on the other hand, is it really fair of him to make that choice for her? We all know she’s going to find out anyway. Morgan knows what happened, after all. Something tells us she won’t be too pleased with her pal when that time comes.
What do you think about Daryl’s lie? Did he do the right thing or is he in the wrong? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC.
Whatever you think about “The Walking Dead” Season 7 up to this point, consider this: Lennie James (Morgan) said he and Melissa McBride (Carol) “screeched” over a “lovely” “sexy moment” in the finale.
Here’s that section of Lennie James’s Q&A with NME:
“I hope people aren’t disappointed by the end, but there’s one point in the finale that myself and Melissa were reading as we sat next to each other on a plane, and both of us kind of screeched when we got to this one point. It’s such a sexy moment, on all levels – it’s huge, it’s just so lovely. And both of us, when we got to the point of reading it, were like: ‘Oh my God!’ Like kids, excited by it. And to still be at that stage seven years into the show is a testament to the writers. It’s about the arrival of a character, and it’s lovely – really lovely.”
Sexy? Did he mean literally sexy? He said on all levels. Arrival of a character? Literally on that point too — like someone new shows up — or something else? Maybe we can pair this with what Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) previously teased of the finale to Entertainment Weekly:
“Wait till [Episode] 16. I promise you, there is one beat in 16, I dropped my script and started punching the air and did a little jig.”
Episode 16 is the finale, so is he talking about the same moment? Apologies for the all-caps, but … DO THEY MEAN CARYL? This isn’t about Carol and Daryl, is it? Sorry if it isn’t, but sexy moment, punching the air … maybe Daryl is finally going to get some, with Carol or otherwise. Or it could have nothing to do with that at all. But now we’re rooting for some Pookie play time. Or maybe Eugene? Does Mullet Man finally get some? Clearly stuck on “sexy” here.
For the record, James also hated the first half of Season 7, but because he was only in two episodes so he was bored and wanted to get to work and see everyone else on set. He promised “more action in the second half” as we’re about to go to war.
Here’s more of his second half tease to NME (warning — minor comic book spoilers ahead):
“On one level, it’s very obvious that we’re getting ready for war, and everyone who knows the comic books knows that we’re about to go into a couple of years of war. I don’t know how long that’s going to pan out in the television series, but it goes on for a while in the comics. So we’re about to go to war, and the second block [of eight episodes] is about meeting the protagonists and certain events that are going to decide what sides people take. And it’s not going to be a clear division of labour, let me say. There are some people who go to the dark side who are going to take you by surprise, and there are some people who are going to come over to the light – and that’s all a matter of perspective. As with this show, nothing’s going to move in a straight line. But one of the things that’s inevitable is that we’re heading to war.”
“The Walking Dead” Season 7 returns Sunday, Feb. 12 at 9 p.m. on AMC.
As all of the chess pieces moved into place during Sunday’s midseason finale of The Walking Dead, one character’s trajectory remained hazy: after spending most of the season so far off-screen, Carol finally reappeared in “Hearts Still Beating” to nosh on some pomegranate seeds, reluctantly chat with Morgan, and nervously mull over a confrontation with Negan. Fans have spent all season wondering when Carol might snap out of her distaste for combat, and so far, that question remains unanswered. One bit of good news? When the series returns next year, the latter half of the season will at least give this fan favorite some more screen time. For the inside scoop on what shooting this season has been like so far and what might lie ahead, Vanity Fair spoke with Carol herself: actress Melissa McBride.
Although McBride is, of course, sworn to secrecy, she did confirm that fans will get to see more of Carol than they did in the season’s first half, which relegated her to two episodes. Coming out of the midseason finale, Carol is still very conflicted. After going through so much—losing a child, getting banished from your group, having to kill another little girl—wouldn’t anyone need a moment to find themselves?
“I’m glad she’s taking a little time for herself,” McBride said, adding that she couldn’t imagine what it would be like to endure all of the changes and horrors the group has been forced to weather. Everyone deals with that in their own ways, McBride said, and for Carol this season, that’s meant isolating herself. Still, McBride notes that the key to surviving this apocalypse might be exactly what her character is trying to flee from.
“When you’ve lost everything, there’s still much to be had—there are people. When you find people you care about, that’s an amazing thing. I mean, that’s it.”
For Carol, that has meant committing several atrocities, McBride noted. So now, as we’ve seen, she’s shunning her natural human impulse toward connection in an attempt to save herself the burden of forming relationships. That said, “you can’t run from it,” McBride added.
“I just want to hug her . . . I want her to come around. But I get how it is.”
However long it takes, it seems inevitable that we’ll see Carol back in action one way or another. (The Walking Dead’s TV adaptation has created too much of a badass to stifle her forever, right?) One new player who might break her out of her shell? King Ezekiel, who got to know her “pretty well” very quickly after they first meet. Plus, McBride added, “he’s charming; you can’t deny that.” Maybe he’ll break her out of her shell—but whether Carol and Morgan will try convincing him to attack the Saviors remains up in the air.
Carol’s arrival in The Kingdom was one of this season’s high points—a well-paced episode that delivered some much-needed levity after the gruesome premiere. And one of the best parts of the episode came toward the end, when Carol and Ezekiel sat down on a back patio and had a frank conversation about survival. When asked how she personally might have reacted to a place like The Kingdom and a leader like Ezekiel, McBride sounded like she would have had fun:
“Oh, gosh. I think if that were me going into that auditorium, I’d be like, ‘No way! What are you doing? Who are you? What are you? Seriously? Are you for real? Oh my gosh, can I pet your tiger? I want to be part of your production here, this is fun; what kind of costumes do you have in the back?’ That would be me. ‘Sure, I’ll have a pomegranate!’ “
Cheers to that.
In the last couple week’s I’ve added some stills and captures to the gallery. Hope y’all enjoy!