How any one person can be as lucky as Carol is beyond me. And yes she is overwhelmingly blessed with good luck. Maybe that’s why Sophia had to die, to balance out the wheel of fortune. By all rights Carol should be D-E-A-D now but she is still here. Her entire existence is nothing more than one lucky moment after another.
Lucky moment #1-A group of enablers
This group has done nothing but enable Carol in her helplessness and victimhood. For her, having been abused is a crutch that allows her to dodge any responsibility. The group doesn’t demand anything more from her. They don’t make her stand on her own two feet. What was she doing during gun training? Cleaning the RV? Cooking squirrels for dinner? Everyone in that group needs to be able to defend themselves but Carol gets excused. Dale finally says something during the Randall discussion and Rick shuts him down. Daryl is beginning to show some impatience with her too by the end of the season finale. I’m just surprised it took Daryl this long, since he really is a survivor of abuse and survivors while they empathize with other victims do not enable other victims to remain victims.
Lucky moment #2-Shane steps in
Shane needed to take out his frustration from Lori’s put down on someone and Ed was a convenient target. Ed was about to beat her like a government mule and she avoided that whupping because Shane ended up beating Ed like a government mule. What does she do? She runs to Ed crying and comforting him when he got exactly what was coming to him.
Lucky moment #3-Walkers have Ed Sushi for dinner
Walkers killed Ed gutting him like a deer. In the aftermath of the attack on the camp when Daryl is about to introduce Ed’s skull to a pickaxe, Carol says she wanted to do it. A lot of people saw this as some show of strength on Carol’s part. It wasn’t. It was simply a case of Ed being ‘helpless’ and Carol being able to hit him back without fear of reprisal. Had Ed so much as twitched she would have dropped that pickaxe and ran off screaming like the hounds of hell were nipping at her heels. This was nothing more than her wanting to make him hurt in return even though he couldn’t feel a thing. It takes no strength or courage to ‘kill’ a ‘dead’ man.
Lucky moment #4 Carol is either a kleptomaniac or her memory is totally gone
When Jenner locks them all in the computer room so they can all opt out together (Whether they want to or not), Carol adds her pleas to Rick’s convincing Jenner to open the door and give them a chance to live. Please remember Carol asked for that chance too. When they get topside and can’t break the windows Carol reaches into that old lady purse and pulls out a grenade, Rick’s grenade. “Oh by the way, I found this while I was doing your dirty laundry.” How do you forget you have a live grenade in your purse? It’s not like forgetting that pack of Wrigley’s Doublemint gum that’s been floating around in there for the past 5 years.
Lucky moment #5-Rick goes after her child
Carol has just lost her husband all she has left is her child. She was pleading for her child’s life to Jenner. Come on let’s be real any mother with an iota of maternal instinct is going to protect her child( unless she sees that child as a burden or didn’t want it to begin with). Mothers are hard wired to protect their children, human and animal mothers have this in common. A mother will risk herself to protect her child. She did not make any effort to go after Sophia or protect Sophia but she has no problem pointing the finger at someone else who did.
Lucky moment #6 Daryl holds her back
When Sophia comes stumbling out of the barn, Daryl holds her back. He sits with her while the grave is being dug. He does everything possible to support her and her reaction is to sit on her butt in the RV and not even attend her own child’s funeral. When Dale dies there is this moment when we see Daryl looking at Carol during Dale’s funeral. It’s funny how many romantics read “Daryl loves Carol” into that look. That was not a look of affection it was more a look of contemplation. What I saw was Daryl thinking that Carol couldn’t be bothered to attend a funeral honoring the child that came from her own womb, but a week later she’s standing out there honoring Dale. If anything I think Daryl is finding less to like about her as time goes on.
Lucky moment #7-Andrea saves her ass
This moment really points out how lucky Carol really is. At the CDC Andrea is in a much worse head space than Carol. Andrea is suicidal, she is feeling victimized. Dale ‘forces’ Andrea to choose to live and then Andrea herself makes the choice to do more than exist as a victim waiting for the inevitable. Andrea makes the choice to learn to take care of herself. Carol was asking to live. You know that old saying, be careful what you wish for you just might get it? Carol got it, but she doesn’t seem to want it. She’s not making any efforts to get stronger, learn to protect herself or even make herself less of a burden to everyone else. That board swing of hers wasn’t even a half-assed attempt. Andrea has to come to her rescue and when Andrea has a walker on her back all Carol can do is scream. Remember those gun lessons they didn’t force Carol to participate in? That is what you get for enabling a victim people.
Lucky moment #8 Daryl saves her ass (Again)
Just minutes after Andrea saves her, Carol is completely alone. She had to see Andrea go down under that walker too, and T-Dog with Beth and Lori realizes that if they are going to get off the farm they have to do it now and leaves. Maybe even Lady Luck is getting a bit tired of Carol because Carol ends up in a do or die situation. No one to protect her or save her now. Carol is completely dependent on Carol and what does she do? She stumbles around crying and screaming for help. She makes no effort to help herself. I guess Lady Luck didn’t realize that Daryl is a closet pyromaniac because he’s sitting there watching that barn fire like he’s at a drive-in movie. So he just happens to be close enough to hear screams. Daryl being Daryl knows that someone from his group is in trouble and goes back, saving Carol for the second time in a matter of minutes.
Lucky moment number #9-Daryl doesn’t shoot her
The absolute worst thing anyone can do in a situation where people have to depend on each other for their very survival from moment to moment, is to admit that they are unreliable. Carol makes it a point to admit to Daryl that she is a burden. So she owns up to this fact. Logically speaking if you want to survive in a situation like this you get rid of the dead weight, Daryl doesn’t but he also lets her know that she is getting on his nerves with the snapped “What do you want?” The next time the SHTF, is Daryl or any one of the group going to go out of their way to save a self-proclaimed burden?
Lucky moment #10-Rick didn’t just send her packing (Along with the rest of the ingrates)
Democracy is dead. All hail the Ricktatorship (backed by the Darylocracy). Fair warning to Carol and anyone else, shape up or ship out. No more discussion. I sincerely hope that they now let Carol be responsible for Carol and all stop carrying her. It’s past time; if she can’t fight for her own life, she doesn’t deserve to have anyone else risk their own on her behalf.
Carol has had too many chances Lady Luck, just step back and let nature take it’s course.