Why Carol Peletier Is The Reason THIS Famous Filmmaker Is Addicted To The Walking Dead

Why Carol Peletier Is The Reason THIS Famous Filmmaker Is Addicted To The Walking Dead

By Brock Swinson | Monday Monday Staff -    2018-01-16    2 min read

“I’ll be honest, the Carol arc is what’s keeping me on the show. Two episodes ago, they did the worst thing you can do to a human being. They killed the CG tiger right in front of me,” joked filmmaker Kevin Smith on Talking Dead about Carol Peletier. 

Kevin Smith | Photo Credit Talking Dead

Filmmaker Kevin Smith is perhaps best known for his dramadies like Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma, and Jay and Silent Bob (he’s Bob). In addition to his film work, he’s also a major comic book fan.

“Right at that moment, I was like ‘F- this show forever,’” said Kevin Smith about the death of Shiva. “I took that moment really hard. I was more angry at that death than the death of my own father.”

Kevin Smith Talks Carol Peletier Dynamic

The Walking Dead | Photo Credit AMC

Fans have been angered with deaths on The Walking Dead since the very beginning, but knowing that no one is safe keeps fans coming back for more. For Kevin Smith, though, the real inspiration revolves around Carol Peletier.

“What keeps me coming back is the Carol stuff… It’s the resilience of the human spirit that is represented in Carol. She went from being an abused wife, who is a caregiver, to somebody who can finally put herself first, and then so many others.”

On Talking Dead, Smith got to tell his theory to host Chris Hardwick and actress Melissa McBride.

Carol Is Much Better On TV Than In The Comics

The Walking Dead | Photo Credit AMC

Kevin Smith really hit the nail on the head when describing Carol. Other than Daryl Dixon, she’s one of the biggest changes from the comic book. In Robert Kirkman’s original story, Carol actually dies in the prison.

In the comic book, Carl is a battered housewife, but she never finds herself like she does on the AMC version. On the televised version, Carol metabolizes her situation and becomes increasingly badass over time.

She’s also one of the most skeptical characters on the show. Back in Alexandria, she was the first one to put on a fake persona. She did this again when she arrived at the Kingdom but eventually showed her true self.

Everyone on the show plays a part (King Ezekiel, Negan), but Carol seems to understand human nature more than anyone else.

What did you think about Kevin Smith’s interpretation of Carol Peletier?

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Brock Swinson

http://www.brockswinson.com

Brock Swinson is a contributor at MMN, Airows, and Creative Screenwriting Magazine. He is also the author of 'How Hollywood Screenwriters Annihilate Writer's Block,' which includes advice from Aaron Sorkin, William Monahan, and Cary Fukunaga. Get it for free or listen to interviews at the "Creative Principles with Brock Swinson" podcast on the website above.

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