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Best of 2015 – TV Characters

It’s been an impressive and varied landscape of television this year that saw the end of Mad Men, the cancellation of Hannibal, the surprise death of Grey’s Anatomy’s McDreamy and the reveal of Pretty Little Liars’ Big A.

From a small-time suburban drug dealer to a former down-trodden housewife fighting a zombie apocalypse, a Queen who has fallen from glory to a formerly pussy-whipped husband and a mother willing to do anything to get what she wants….these are just some of the defining characters that made a huge impact this year on our TV screens.

Either love them or hate them (or love to hate them), check out my list of the 12 best characters that graced our screens in 2015

12: Charlotte King (Erika Heynatz) – Home and Away

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Not since the introduction of ‘The River Boys’ to Home and Away‘s Summer Bay has a single character impacted both the residents of the bay and viewers alike.  Charlotte King’s (Erika Heynatz) main goal of reuniting with her former love Zach (Charlie Clausen) had become skewed over time resulting in this small town teacher resorting to lying, sex with a student, black mail, theft and a double murder.  This, of course, led to her murder yet Charlotte’s web was so wide and tangled with victims that there is an unlimited amount of suspects as to who killed her.

11: Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) – The Walking Dead

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The second half of season five and the first episode of season 6 were quiet ones for Carol.  The woman who’s proficient with the use of sniper rifles and small blades seemed to have found peace within the walls of Alexandria embracing the safety and familiarity of what life was before….until episode “JSS” – 6×02 when rogue survivor group The Wolves brutally attacked Alexandria and went on a murdering spree, sending Carol into a ninja mode like we’ve never seen her in before.  Her will to protect her kin outweighed the moral right Morgan was trying to enforce which resulted in a bare-knuckles slam down fight between the two.  Look out Michonne, there’s a new slayer in town!

10: Bridget Westfall (Libby Tanner)- Wentworth

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Finding the balance between professional and personal was a very wobbly tightrope for Wentworth Prison’s new psychologist.  The openly gay Bridget found herself the target of inmate Frankie Doyle’s (Nicole Da Silva) affection to which, it turned out, the feelings were mutual.  Working closely with Frankie to help her earn freedom and bring down the tyrannical Governor, Bridget flitted between the lines of right and wrong within professional misconduct which eventually saw her unemployed but happily in love with the recently released Frankie.

9: Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) – Game of Thrones

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Oh how the mighty have fallen!  Cersei’s greedy need to remain in power and her dislike for the Tyrell’s ultimately saw her downfall from Queen to Queen mother to filthy peasant rotting away in a cell.  A stark contrast from the sharp tongued powerhouse, Cersei’s confronting walk of atonement through the streets of Kings Landing remains one of the most astonishing falls from grace seen this year.

8: Bonnie Winterbottom (Liza Weil)- How to get Away With Murder

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Got murder on the mind?  Bonnie (Liza Weil) did during this season of HTGAWM when we learnt the formerly mousy legal aid to the big and brassy Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) was behind the murder (via way suffocation mind you) of bad girl Rebecca.  Throw in a relationship with student Asher (Matt McGorry) and the revelation Bonnie had been sexually abused as a child and suddenly the quiet Bonnie became a force to be reckoned with – covering up multiple murders and even going toe to toe with Annalise.

7: Donnie Hendrix (Kristian Bruun) – Orphan Black

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Of the myriad of clones, government organizations, montiors and love interests that swamp the very excellent Orphan Black, this year saw one stand out more than usual.  Soccer mom clone Alison Hendrix’s hapless husband Donnie actually shined this year, stepping out from his wife’s overbearing shadow and going head first into Alison’s brand new drugs-for-bored-moms business.  The underwear bed dance with Alison while they ‘made it rain’ was just the start of this brand new Donnie.

6: Asher Millstone (Matt McGorry) – How to get Away with Murder

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Of all of Annalise Keating’s minions, Asher seemed to lean more towards that of being somewhat leveled headed.  While having no involvement with Sam’s murder and subsequent cover up, the overtly loud and confident Asher had his dark past exposed revealing his involvement in the gang rape of a student in his residence years earlier.  For Asher, this revelation sadly led to blackmail, the suicide of his father, the dissolution of his relationship with his mother and eventually the murder of D.A Emily Sinclair throwing Asher right into the mix of murder cover ups that plague his friends.

5: Emma (Jessica St.Clair) and Maggie (Lenard Parham) – Playing House

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There’s no splitting these two best friends up which is why it was an easy decision to keep them together for this list.  Emma and Maggie showed this year that no man, no baby, no sex-with-an-ex and no Kenny Loggins could ever screw with their friendship.  They continuously present us with a humorously authentic look at the relationship between two best friends who like to cross dress, make bird houses and smash the dance floor with body rolls.

4: Ce Ce Drake/Charlotte DiLaurentis/Charlies DiLaurentis (Vanessa Ray) – Pretty Little Liars

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Pretty Little Liars offered up the mind fuck of the season by not only revealing that Ce Ce Drake (Vanessa Ray) was Big A, but that Ce Ce was also a DiLaurentis – Charles DiLaurentis in fact, now known as Charlotte. It was her parents – Jessica and Kenneth’s issues with her gender identity crisis that set off the whole Big A scandal when they shipped him off to Radley Institution.  Throw in the murder of Toby’s mother along with sisterly jealousy vibes  and Ce Ce became one of the biggest players in the series.

3: Chanel Oberlin (Emma Roberts) – Scream Queens

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The sassy, fashion obsessed and utterly evil Kappa Kappa Tau sorority president Chanel Oberlin could be considered to be quite despicable with her treatment of fellow Chanel’s and those less fortunate than her, but every now and then, a small glimmer of human slithers through Chanel’s frosty well dressed exterior.  Her zippy one liners and god-awful on-again-off-again relationship with equally transparent Chad Radwell (Glen Powell) made for great viewing.

2: Quinn King (Constance Zimmer) – UnREAL

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Heartless, greedy, bitch, thoughtful, loving, woman.  Just some of the words one could easily use to describe the woman behind the Bachelor inspired love at first sight TV series Everlasting.  Quinn had the ability to carelessly destroy (emotionally and physically) her fellow woman and it was all for ratings and professional growth.  She was after all the puppet master who controlled the romantic life of numerous women.   While her circle of those who meant most to her was quite small, Quinn showed she would do anything to protect them even if it ended in heartache and utter hatred.  Yet when you tear down the brutal hardness and moral corruptness of Quinn’s exterior, underneath there was a woman who oddly enough was looking for stability and romance……but would only accept it if she was also winning at everything else.

1: Allison Carr (Miranda Otto) – Homeland

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A new member to the Homeland family, Berlin Station Chief Allison Carr has the ability to talk herself into and way out of everything from putting Carrie’s (Claire Danes) name on an assassins hit list to roaming the halls of the CIA moments after being arrested for treason and cover up a double homicide while allowing a terrorist attack to take place – all while divulging USA secrets to the Russians.  It’s all for a good cause though as Allison has literally millions of dollars waiting for her once her task with the Russians are complete.  Unlike many ‘bad guys’ there’s no redeemable qualities to Allison and she’s riding front and centre on the karma train.

So there you have it!  My 12 best TV characters for 2015.  Who made you list or do you agree with mine?  Sound off in the coments below!

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The Walking Dead Delves into Dark Territory

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It’s funny how six single words “She can’t be around other people” can take a show to such a place where there is no turning back.

Ever since the explosive mid season finale of The Walking Dead, things have felt a bit displaced and very slow at moving the story along and with the survivors split up into several groups, we were beginning to feel a bit cheated about not seeing certain beloved characters for weeks on end

Then ‘The Grove’ episode came along and gave us one of the most darkest and torturing episodes of The Walking Dead we’ve seen to date.

I’ve been questioning for a while now just what exactly Lizzie’s end game was in The Walking Dead ever since she began earning more and more screen time.  I knew there was something big planned for the character as she was featured quite regularly early on in the season and honestly felt, in the mid-season finale when she killed Tara’s girlfriend (which saved Tyreece’s life) we had reached her end point. 

Guess I was wrong.

We were informed of the fact that Lizzie was damaged before the world changed, a fact which, we were blind to due to the chaotic nature of the world around them.  Her inability to note a difference between human and walker were cast off as ‘childish thoughts’ and as time progressed, the evil within Lizzie’s mind was allowed to bloom.  Walkers were not bad, they were just different and in her mind, she had to prove to everyone how this is so.

You have to feel for Carol.  After loosing Sophia and then taking Mika and Lizzie under her wing, plus dealing with the secret of killing David and Karen, not only was this episode Lizzie’s end game, but it was also Carol’s new beginning.

Mika’s death drove the show into dark territory in which the callousness behind this killing is something not explored within the show. Sure The Governor was a few stubbies short of a six pack but he killed in order to exert his dominance and for purposes of revenge. Mika on the other hand was murdered, by her own sister, just to prove a point – that walkers are just different.

The Grove was an episode mixed with the perfect amount of hope and madness and how this will translate to the last two episodes of this current season and into the next is still unknown.

Top OMG TV Moments of 2013

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There’s no denying that there has been some shocking and incredible “OMG” moments this year on television.  From Game of Thrones to The Walking Dead and Pretty Little Liars, these moments immediatley incur bouts of crying, laughing, anger, yelling and everything in between.  Check out my list of my top OMG moments from 2013!

RICK SENDS CAROL PACKING: The Walking Dead

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After admitting to Rick (Andrew Lincoln) that she was the one who killed Karen and Dave, Rick takes it upon himself to tell Carol (Melissa McBride), while out on a supply run, that she is no longer welcome to stay with the survivors within the camp grounds.   We’ve seen Carol, who has been a member of the group from the beginning, emerge as a strong player this season and Rick’s decision and her subsequent absence split fans right down the line.

TRAVIS AND LAURIE KISS: Cougar Town

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Travis (Dan Byrd) and Laurie (Busy Phillips) have always had a fun and flirty kind of relationship, but it’s always been that one where the guy likes the girl more than vice versa but when Laurie decides to explore her growing feelings for the teenage son of her best friend, it results in a rather awkward feeling kiss between the two.  We’d all been hanging for Travis to finally get his, but now it’s happened, most of us were wishing it didn’t.

THE BIG TWIST: Homeland

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Well were we all not played for fools!  Here we all are bitching and moaning about how bad Homeland had become.  We couldn’t figure out why or where such a great show had gone wrong.  Brody (Damien Lewis) was MIA and Saul (Mandy Patinkin) had Carrie (Claire Danes) committed to an asylum and we were getting too much focus on Dana only to have it all turn around and be revealed that Saul and Carrie were in fact working together all along in a bid to draw out a foe that could become an ally.

ASHLEY MARIN HITS DETECTIVE WILDEN WITH HER CAR: Pretty Little Liars

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Poor Ashley Marin (Laura Leighton) found herself on the receiving end of some unwanted harassment from an overly inquisitive Detective Wilden (Bryce Johnson) who demands that her daughter Hannah (Ashley Benson) keeps quiet about an indiscretion she witnessed involving him and a young lady.  never one to listen to demands, Ashley finds herself in a screaming match with Wilden before suddenly putting her foot to the pedal and throwing him over the bonnet of her car before speeding off!

THAT TAMPON SANDWICH: Orange Is The New Black

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New inmate Piper learnt the tough way not to piss off the lady who rules the prison kitchen!  When word get’s back to prison chef Red (Kate Mulgrew) that Piper (Taylor Schilling) has been less than impressed with the food on offer, Red takes it upon herself to ensure that Piper will never make comments like that again by serving her up a bloody tampon sandwich!  The scene itself was highly unsettling and intentionally confronting.

DEBRA MORGAN DIES: Dexter

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In the series finale, we knew someone was going to die.  Most of us expected it to be Dexter, or even Hannah, perhaps Quinn…it was never meant to be Dexter’s sister Deb.  After being involved in a shoot out with Oliver Saxon, Deb is wounded and is rushed to hospital.  The doctors all seems to think all should be ok but complications following the surgery lead Deb to have suffer a massive stroke leaving her in a permanent vegetative state.  It’s here Dexter lands the final blow, removing Deb off her life support effectively killing her.

RAYMOND DENIES BEING LIZ’S FATHER: The Blacklist

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It’s the theory that everyone seems to have – Raymond Reddington (James Spader) is actually Elizabeth Keen’s (Megan Boone’s) birth father.  It’s been hinted at right from the get go…his selecting her to be the only one he deals with, his wanting to know more about her life, his knowing certain things about her husband, but in the closing scenes of the final episode of the first series, Liz flat out asks Red over the phone “Are you my father?” to which Red replies “No.”

THE BOMB: Home and Away

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Known for it’s annual end of year shake-up, Home and Away offered up one heck of an explosion involving fan favourites and unexpected faces and leaving us not knowing who has survived.  After continuously butting heads with her boss Bianca (Lisa Gormley) and Bianca’s husband Heath (Dan Ewing) Jade (Tasma Walton) decides to get her revenge in the form of a bomb placed inside Bianca’s laptop bag.  We then spent the whole episode wondering when the bomb will go off as the bag changes hands numerous times before going off inside the hospital in which pregnant Ricky (Bonnie Sveen) is being treated.  Irene (Lynne Mcgranger), Bianca, Heath and Doctor Nate Cooper (Kyle Pryor) are also there when the bomb goes off.

HELENA CUTS OFF OLIVER’S TAIL: Orphan Black

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Things got a bit weird when it was revealed Neolution club owner and believer in self-directed evolution Oliver (David Richmond-Peck) was actually sporting a real life tail.  After coming to Sarah’s (Tatiana Maslany) aid while in a fight with Oliver, psychotic clone Helena wins the upper hand and swiftly chops Oliver’s tail off…then makes her way back to the dancefloor to partake in a rather ghastly dance with said tail still in her hands.

TULLY CHEATS ON HER GIRLFRIEND: Big Brother

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Fun and funky social media expert and lesbian Tully quickly turned into a sullen and sobbing mess after entering the Big Brother house.  She missed her girlfriend Tahlia but thankfully she had housemate Drew to lean on and talk to.  Quickly though that talking turned into sleeping in the same bed and sharing sneaky kisses when suddenly the two swapped secret “I love you” bombs leading to Tahlia to make a very public break-up via twitter.

MATT AND KIM’S FIRST ROOM REVEAL: The Block

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Not ones to be left hidden among the pack, West Australian couple Matt and Kim had planned to something controversial when it came to styling their first room – the guest bedroom.  Their inspiration?  Artist Jackson Pollock, he of the abstract expressionist movement (or paint splash era).  While the final result was clearly shocking, it was more ‘kids gone wild’ than Pollock admiration.

THE RED WEDDING: Game Of Thrones

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I don’t watch Game of Thrones, but even I found myself on YouTube watching the events that led to THAT video going viral showing fans reactions to the wedding as it aired.  While I may have no idea who was who or why everyone was being killed, but the red wedding sure stuck to it’s name after half the people in the room celebrating were slaughtered, including a very heavily pregnant woman!  “May the rivers run red with the blood of the non-believers.”

The Walking Dead: LIAR. Midseason Finale

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My oh my, did every Walking Dead fan not just explode after the incredibly long build-up over the hostility between Rick and The Governor finally came to a front in the midseason finale?  After what I’m pretty sure has been a years worth of fake outs and build ups, the Governor finally declared all out war (including a tank) on Rick and the gang.

Over at the camper-van camp, Brian aka The Governor is rallying his ‘troops’ as to why it’s a good idea to overtake the prison.  Of course his ideas are all lies as he spits one out after the other telling them it was Rick’s gang that tore apart the camp that he and Martinez stumbled across.  It’s then we’re given a flashback to events that occurred after last weeks finale where single handedly, he manages to take both Michonne and Hershel captive.

Brian tells the group he’s captured two of them….Tara seems to be the only one actually surprised by this news.  He explains his actions by saying they will be used as collateral in ensuring they take the prison without bloodshed…yeah right.  It’s here more of the lies come out where he says it was Rick’s gang who burnt down Woodbury, that killed his people, took his eye (well that’s not a lie) and killed his daughter.

Everyone is now on board, including Tara – well except for Lilly (or Andrea 2.0).  She’s not too keen on having to fight for another place to keep them safe and he responds with a deadpan ‘It’ll keep you and Meaghan alive’.  The look she gives him after her “I don’t know who you are” reply is uncannily like that of Andrea back in season 2, after she discovered just who exactly the Governor really was.

Back in one of the mobile homes we see Michonne and Hershel being attended to by Brian.  He’s applying some first aid 101 on Michonne while informing them of his evil genius plan.  Of course old man Hershel tries to reason with Brian.  “We can all live together” he states.  Even I am with the Governor here when he shoots the idea down noting both Rick and Michonne still want to see him dead.  He walks out to Meaghan who’s making turd burgers in some red mud, gives her a hug and moves on his merry way.

FINALLY, we’re back at the prison!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I see Daryl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  He’s still in that sleeveless moto jacket!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  But he’s angry.  Rick’s just informed him that FOUR episodes ago he sent Carol packing because she killed Karen and that other random guy.  Daryl states that he could have handled Tyreese but then finds out Rick hasn’t told him yet.  Not one to waste any time (I loves ya Daryl!) he heads off in search of Tyreese.

Then there’s some weird scene in which Tyreese shows Rick and Daryl a rat splayed wide open and attached to a door that he discovered.  It’s the same person who’s been feeding rats to the walkers (this has to come into play later in the season for sure). Tyreese is convinced it’s the same person that killed his beloved Karen but before Rick and Daryl can let him in on the big secret a massive explosion rips through the prison…..

The entire prison gang run outside to be greeted by the Governor, a small pack of gun wielding followers and a tank.  Yes, a tank.  Answering the Governors demands to talk, Rick states he no longer solely makes decisions (hello Carol?) and that there is a council.  Here the Governor brings out Michonne and Hershel asking if they are part of this council.  Knowing he has no other choice, Rick moves down to talk while Daryl arranges everyone to stick to their escape plan that has been arranged.

The Governor informs Rick that he and his people have until sundown to move from the prison grounds or Michonne and Hershel will die.  Rick pleads back saying there are sick children inside who won’t make it on the outside (really though I’m convinced he’s more concerned about his farming plot) and that they can’t move.

Back at the camper-van camp, it seems Lilly has been left alone with Meaghan, who’s still playing in the mud like a pig in shit.  She’s sitting atop one of the vans when across the water, a walker appears out of the brush.  She goes into danger mode, gun ready at the aim, but before she can take action, it’s swept away down stream.  While this is happening, Meaghan digs up an old sign “Warning Flash Flooding”.  Apparently the walker across stream or this warning sign about flooding aren’t the most impending danger, it’s the walker buried under that sign that is.  There’s screaming and grabbing and a dash for life from Lilly who doesn’t arrive in time.  Meaghan has been bitten…a nice chunk out of her neck.  (was I the only one a little happy this happened?  Meaghan never really did anything to annoy me, but it was sort of like a ‘Eff You!’ to the Governor.

Back at the prison, everyone is ready with guns aimed.  Nearby Mika, Lizzie and some other kids – including Judith are heading for the escape bus but Lizzie stops and reminds them that Carol was teaching them to be strong – and to have guns – I miss Carol.  It’s good to know her teaching was actually getting through to these kids when Lizzie states “We should all have guns”.

Back at the stand-off between Rick and The Governor, Rick is still trying to plead his way out.  Apparently he believes they can all live together in the prison – in separate cells.  They’d never have to see each other.  The Governor is having none of it and grabs Michonne’s katana and holds it to Hershel’s neck.  In a desperate bid, Rick tells the Governors followers that the two have fought before and that in fact, Rick has taken in survivors from Woodbury.  He tries again with the ‘We can all live together’ plea, that they’ve all done horrible things, but by putting down their weapons and walking through the gate, they can all start afresh.

Some of The Governors people, including Tara, seem to want to take Rick’s argument.  There’s hesitation –

You can just feel that something is going to happen….something bad.  The Governor utters the word “liar” and takes the katana to Hershel’s throat!

THEN ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE.

Both groups are firing on each other (with some really bad aiming) and in the onset, Rick takes a bullet to the leg, the Governor one to the shoulder and Michonne manages to slip away unnoticed.  Noticing Hershel is still alive, the Governor picks up the katana and completely decapitates Hershel.  Magically, Lilly appears holding Meaghan’s dead body.  She walks over to Brian who immediately puts a bullet into her head to stop her from turning and then yells “Kill them all!”

Back with the prison gang, Tyreese, Bob and Sasha are providing cover fire while Beth and Maggie start getting people on the escape bus.  Bob takes a bullet in the shoulder and he and Sasha run off to find better cover.  By now the tank has destroyed the fencing around the prison and the Governors fighters have entered.  Tyreese finds himself cornered by Tara’s girlfriend Alicia and another guy – he’s dead for sure.  That is until Mika and Lizzie put a bullet in each of them.  Was this Lizzie’s end game?  Was this build-up we’ve had of her this season so far leading up-to this?

There’s now an all out fist fight between Rick and the Governor.  They’re going at it like two women fighting over a flat screen TV at a Black Friday sale.  Rick’s winning!  No, the Governor is winning.  Now Rick’s winning again!  It’s very topsy-turvy (like all good on screen fights) until the Governor gains the upper hand over Rick.  He’s got his hands tight around Rick’s throat and he’s turning blue.  It’s here I actually asked myself “Where the heck is Michonne?” ahhhh, there she is!  She put that katana blade of hers right through the Governors chest!

I was hoping Michonne would go and take the Governors other eye, but she runs off and Rick stumbles away and finds Carl.  Sadly Carl is still alive.  He doesn’t have Judith.  It seems there’s been some confusion in the mayhem and they stumble across Judith’s carrier.  It’s empty and covered in blood…..They join the others in running from the prison as quick as possible.

Back in the field, the governor is still alive – well just.  He’s gasping for air.  Lilly appears holding a gun.  She’s realized his bloodthirsty desire to kill Rick has caused the death of her child.  He quickly puts a bullet into his head and walks off.  A hoard of walkers appear including Clara, the Irish tourist Rick stumbled across in the season four premiere.  They make their way into the prison grounds to feast on the dead while Rick can be heard saying to Carl “Don’t look back”.

And that was the end.

The Walking Dead returns FEB 9th?!  Dammit!

 

The Walking Dead: No Goodbyes For Carol

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No.  No.  No.  I’m passing on the traditional recap and focusing on the end of this episodes events.  I have to.  It was such a shock to see that happen that it’s all I can really think of when writing.  I’m angry at Carol for not fighting for her place in the prison.  I’m angry at Rick for being a dick.

Rick tells Carol she is no longer welcome back at the prison and sends her packing.

Seriously?

I am loving this stronger and determined to survive Carol.  She’s like what Andrea was before she started having lie down kisses with the Governor and went all girly.  She’s making the decisions that Rick it no longer wants to make, she’s teaching the youngings what needs to be done in order to survive and in my eyes, should have been chosen to lead the survivors when Rick turned pussy.

So then why does Rick get choose when to put on his captains hat and make a decision that will change the course of Carols life and not allow her to return to the safety of the prison?  I understand his reasoning’s behind his decision.  In his eyes, Carol began making risky choices (teaching the children how to use weapons, killing Karen and Dave, allowing the two injured survivors to help look for supplies) that affected the well-being and existence of the prison camp that was not hers to make, but that said, at least someone was making these decisions.

Then noting that this was also for her safety as he felt, he had no other option but to inform the survivors that she was the one who killed Karen and Dave, was a cop out.  As Carol noted, Rick didn’t have to like what she did, she doesn’t like what she did.  But someone did it.

So we last see Carol getting into a stocked up full of supplies car and driving off.  No goodbyes.  No tears.  It’s a bit rough.  So what does this mean for Carol’s future?

I’ve noticed on imdb.com that Melissa McBride (who plays Carol) has been listed in only a handful of season 4 episodes including the season finale.  Could she be the one used to propel the talked about spin-off?

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