By Christine Caprilozzi
Carol Peletier – The Walking Dead’s True Warrior
For Walking Dead fans, the last six seasons have seen a number of very memorable characters come and go, while witnessing changes in the original group. There are no changes more intriguing than in those in the character development of Carol Peletier, played to perfection by Melissa McBride. While Walking Dead fans await the return of the show in February, what better time to reminisce about the woman who has become one of the most interesting characters on TV period.
Let’s rewind to Season 1, shall we? Carol was battered wife and mom. Her character appeared trapped as a victim in her life even outside of the zombie breakout. Once Ed was killed, Carol became a single mom, which is tough enough in a world outside of walkers. Once Sophia went missing, we saw Carol as a grieving mom. From my perspective, the real shift in the character of Carol Peletier, came the day she saw her daughter walk out of a barn of zombies and Rick Grimes have to put her down. From this moment on there were subtle changes in Carol’s attitude and actions.
There have been so many memorable Carol moments along the way on her journey through Season 6. From her role at the prison where she sought to stop the virus by taking out the sick and getting kicked out of the group, to her role in dealing with young psychotic Lizzy. Who can forget her one women wrecking crew saving the entire group being held at Terminus by covering herself and disguising as a walker, then bringing out the heavy ammunition? This brings us to Alexandria, where she has been hiding behind an ugly flowered sweater like a Sunday school teacher, all while stealing weaponry, killing intruders and zombies, all while baking delicious apocalypse cookies. Brains and balls…THAT is who Carol has become!
While Michonne and Maggie were once presented as the strong female leads of the show, Carol Peletier is kicking ass while baking a casserole! She IS the true warrior on The Walking Dead. To reflect on her character and the way Melissa McBride has played her is like peeling an onion. So many layers that there could probably be a college course on her evolution and survival skills. On behalf of women everywhere, Carol Peletier/Melissa McBride…I salute you!