Melissa McBride Discusses Carol’s Badass Evolution On The Walking Dead


Carol, The Lynchpin In Rick’s Group

There has been more than one occasion where Carol’s future looked bleak, to say the least. As a woman who used to stay at home and get beaten by her husband, she’s changed a great deal since the first few episodes.

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Having evolved from someone who gets hurt to someone who does the hurting (like Walter White’s “I am the one who knocks” speech) Carol has actually been the lynchpin for Rick’s entire organization.

She has saved people on more than one occasion.

Carol Saves The Group, Once Again

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One major milestone occurred when Carol decided she had to take out Lizzie. Not long after that and despite being banished from the group, she showed up to save Rick and the gang from the Termites at Terminus.

Carol has always done what she thinks is right, even if that conflicted with the people she was trying to care for. She came back again, after Benjamin was killed, and showed up when needed as the Saviors attacked Terminus.

Carol didn’t even know about Glenn and Abraham’s deaths until the close of Season 7.

Melissa McBride Talks Acting As Carol

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“It’s been a lot of fun,” said the actress. “As an actor, it’s fun to be able to carry out these choreographed big explosions and it’s fun for me, because Carol is just so unlikely… it’s like me! It’s Carol, it’s not Rambo, it’s Carol. To me she’s just like this lady in the neighborhood, this housewife.”

McBride added, “I don’t know what this thing is called acting, but you’re present and you’re not – I like the dichotomy of being there, but being unseen. You come back it’s felt a little out of body and you tune back into the atmosphere once the hard stuff is really dealt with…”

What do you think Carol will be up to this season on The Walking Dead?

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