On The Walking Dead, Carol Peletier often keeps her distance. In fact, when Morgan took her to the Kingdom, she tried to escape immediately. Now, however, she seems to have a little too much faith in King Ezekiel.
In last week’s episode, “The Damned,” she asked the King why he kept smiling so much. Essentially, he told her to “fake it till you make, baby.” In this week’s episode, it would appear that his tactics are working.
That is, of course, until the end of the episode…
Carol Peletier Smiles With The King…
In “Monsters,” the big debate between all of the characters is whether or not to exterminate the Saviors. They’re killing the Saviors in battle, but the debate falls on whether or not they take prisoners who surrender.
In “The Damned,” this topic of conversation almost got Jesus killed, but he still believes they should let Maggie decide. In the latest episode, he pitches his case, and it does appear that Maggie can’t simply kill the prisoners, nor can she let them go.
Tara, Morgan, Daryl, and The King disagree with taking in prisoners.
The King Takes No Prisoners, But…
Regardless of their morals, the King is correct in his “us or them” mentality. However, it’s also possible that he’s celebrating victories too early. As he smiles over the fallen Saviors, he sees a lone sniper too late in the cliffhanger ending.
Moments before eight or so of his men are shot, Carol tells the King they need to sweep the compound. In this instant, we’re reminded that Carol has been in this situation before, where the King has not.
On the battlefield, it’s clear that he does have a great plan that they can execute. However, when it comes down to being overly prepared and knowing what to do after the plan, the King appears to be clueless.
In this respect, at least for an instant, Carol Peletier has too much trust in her King. It’s unclear if she or Jerry got shot, but several of the men were killed because they celebrated too early and stayed in the open too long.
Do you think Carol will go back to not fully trust the king?