Thursday, January 29, 2015

Case Study No. 1808: Carol Peletier (Wannabe Librarian)

The Walking Dead 4x01- Don't Tell Your Father
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[scene opens in the prison library, as Carol is reading from "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" to a group of young children sitting around her in a circle]
CAROL: "The children fastened their eyes upon their bit of candle and watched it melt slowly and pitilessly away."
[cut to the entrance of the library (as Rick's son Carl peeks in), then back to a closeup of Carol as she continues reading]
CAROL: "Saw the half inch of wick stand alone at last. Saw the feeble flame rise and fall."
[Carl sneeks in and hides behind one of the bookshelves, as one of the parents silently waves to Carol before exiting]
CAROL: "Climb the thin tower of smoke, linger at its top a moment, and then ... "
[she watches the man leave, then (once she's sure he is gone) she slams the book shut and reaches for a large chest on the floor]
LUKE: Ma'am, should I take watch now?
CAROL: Yes Luke, you do that.
[the little boy gets up and leaves, as Carol opens the chest to reveal a set of hunting knives inside (showing the audience that her "story time" volunteer work is just a ruse to give her time away from the parents and train their children in the ways of killing zombies)]
CAROL: Today, we are talking about knives. How to use them, how to be safe with them, and how they could save your life.
PATRICK: Ma'am, could I be dismissed?
CAROL: What is it?
PATRICK: I'm not feeling very well.
CAROL: Sometimes you're gonna have to fight through it. What if you wind up out there, alone? You just give up because you're feeling bad?
PATRICK: No, it's just ... I-I don't wanna yak on somebody.
[the other children move away from him]
[he exits]
CAROL: Okay, today we're gonna learn how to hold a knife.
[she picks up one of the knives, as Carl moves closer]
CAROL: How to stab and slash, and where to aim for--
[she looks up and stops, as she finally notices Carl standing there]
CAROL: [pause] Please ... don't tell your father.
[he says nothing, and runs out of the library]



Carol Peletier is one of the main protagonists and survivor of the outbreak in AMC's The Walking Dead. During the initial outbreak, Carol evacuated with her abusive husband, Ed Peletier, and her daughter, Sophia Peletier, to Atlanta. They eventually joined a camp of survivors. Following the deaths of her husband and daughter, Carol formed a close bond with fellow survivor Daryl Dixon.

Carol is a kind-hearted and soft-spoken woman, though often meek and defenseless (especially when it comes to facing her husband Ed Peletier). She has always remained extremely protective over her daughter Sophia, attempting to shield her from the various dangers of their surroundings. After Ed is beaten half to death, and becoming even stronger following his actual death, she begins to develop thicker skin and draws a new found boldness inside of her. Carol continues this development throughout the second season, standing up for herself much more and deepening her connections within the group.

She is shown to be a devout Christian, having constantly prayed for the well-being of herself and Sophia. She fervently holds onto her beliefs even after Sophia's death, insisting that her daughter is in heaven.

As opposed to her Comic Series counterpart, Carol in the TV series becomes stronger and more independent as the first season moves along. The inclusion of Ed as her husband, according to Robert Kirkman in The Walking Dead Chronicles, was to give her a solid foil to produce the strength needed to survive that the comic counterpart didn't have.

Before the outbreak, Carol lived down South where she eventually met a man named Ed Peletier. He was initially charming enough for her to date and eventually marry. However, his true nature would be revealed the longer they stayed together. She was a housewife, and fiercely looked after their daughter, Sophia, nurturing and providing her with comfort while Ed greatly neglected her (much to Carol's disgust).

Throughout their marriage, she was a victim of verbal and physical domestic abuse. Because of her shattered independence, she remained hesitant to inform any outsiders of the situation.

During the outbreak, she, Sophia, and Ed traveled toward Atlanta which was supposedly a safe-zone. They would later meet Shane, Lori, and Carl while on the road and eventually form a campsite outside the outskirts of Atlanta with other survivors sometime after the city was destroyed by the military.

In the first season, Carol was portrayed as weak and victimized by her abusive husband. In the episode "Tell It to the Frogs", when the survivors are resting around dimly-lit campfires, Ed attempts to make his fire bigger, stating that it's cold. Shane asks him to put it out, stating that the light and smoke may attract any walkers lurking around. Ed finally gives in and orders Carol to dim the fire to embers. The next morning, Carol is cleaning Rick Grimes' clothes for him, stating that it's the best she can do, especially without a real washing machine, and Rick thanks her. Later, Carol is doing laundry at the quarry with Andrea, Amy, and Jacqui, joking around about what they miss. When Andrea says she misses her vibrator, Carol looks at her husband then back at the women and whispers "me too", prompting laughter to explode from the women. The laughter draws Ed over, who orders them to stop and do the laundry. Andrea, fed up by Ed's attitude, says that if Ed doesn't like the way laundry's done, he can do it, tossing his clothes at him. Ed throws it back at Andrea roughly, starting up an argument. Ed demands for Carol to come with him. Jacqui then makes a remark to Ed, proving that she and everyone else know Ed abuses her in private. Carol is then submissive to Ed, but Andrea tells Carol she doesn't have to go. Carol then begins to resist, to which Ed responds with a slap to her face, drawing blood from her lip. Andrea and Jacqui, both upset, push Ed away, as Amy holds Carol in her arms. Shane, who was observing the situation from a distance, is enraged with what he has just witnessed. He approaches Ed and beats him senseless, threatening him to not ever lay a violent hand on his wife or daughter or he'll beat him to death. Carol is upset from the beating and tends to her husband, weeping and apologizing.

As the series progressed (and with both her husband and daughter being turned), Carol's demeanor hardened to the point where her weakness and timidity was completely subsumed into a "survive at any cost" mentality. This has been especially apparent in Season Four:

In the episode "30 Days Without an Accident", Carol (along with the other survivors and former Woodbury residents) have built-up the prison so that it's more fortified. She is seen talking to Daryl about the prison and the crescent raise in the number of walkers near the fences, comparing the situation to a month ago. Later on, Carol is shown in the library, reading stories to the children, however she is using 'storytime' reading as a cover to teach the children how to use knives, so they will have a better understanding of how to survive in the apocalypse. When Carl enters the library and notices this, she ask him not to inform his father.

In the episode "Infected", Carol is seen helping Karen in putting the children inside the cells after a zombified Patrick attacks the cell block. After Ryan Samuels is bitten, she is seen carrying him in one of the cells.She tries to cut his arm, only to discover he is also bitten at the back of his neck. Later she brings in his two daughters. After Mika and Lizzie say their goodbyes to him, she pulls out her knife and walks to Ryan, before she can end his suffering, Lizzie volunteers to do it herself. She ends Ryan's suffering after Lizzie suffers a emotional breakdown. Later she is seen telling Lizzie that if she wants to live, she has to be strong. After Lizzie walks away, Mika tells Carol that Lizzie is just messed up and that she is not weak. Later after a brief talk with Lizzie, Carol cuts a flower and puts it at the side on her ear. They both share a smile and Lizzie holds her hand.

In the episode "Isolation", Carol is first seen with Rick, Tyreese, and Daryl, examining the bodies of Karen and David. When Rick and Tyreese get into a fist fight, Carol tries to break them up. Carol is later seen talking to the group about isolating the Infected in Cell Block A. Later, she is holding the door for the infected walking in. As she closes it, Lizzie walks in and tells Carol she isn't feeling well. Lizzie begins to cry, and Carol comforts her, and assures her that she'll be fine. Lizzie asks Carol if she could tuck her in. Carol, not wanting to stay exposed to the virus, tells her that Glenn can tuck her in, saying he is the "best" at tucking kids in. Much later in the episode, Tyreese visits to Carol at the kitchen area and asks her to watch over Sasha since she has a natural mother instinct. Carol apologizes about Karen. After Tyreese leaves, she begins to cry and dumps some of the water. Afterwards she heads to the fences to pump water, knowing many walkers are nearby. She is close to being bit, but Rick comes to her aid. At the end of the episode, Rick confronts Carol and asks her how much she cares for everyone and how much she'd give. His final question to her is "Carol, did you kill Karen and David?" After a long pause, Carol responds "Yes" and walks away.

In the episode "Indifference", Carol goes with Rick on a medical supply hunt for Hershel after the others do not return. They meet a couple named Ana and Sam and they ask Rick if they can go with them to the prison. Carol speaks in favor of them. After splitting up, they are in a house and Carol explains to Rick she did what she did because she believed everyone else would have gotten sick and died. Outside while finding food, Rick asks Carol why she never talks about Sophia, and Carol explains that she is dead. Later on while heading to the safehouse, they find Ana's dead body. They wait for Sam to return but he never does, and they assume he either is dead or he left. They head to the car and Rick makes a decision to banish Carol from the group. He gives her gas, food and other supplies, and they say their goodbyes. Carol gives Rick a watch that Ed gave her on their first anniversary, and then she leaves.



Season 4, Episode 1: 30 Days Without an Accident

Rick hoes a garden in the prison yard. He finds a pistol in the dirt, empties its magazine and tosses both into a wheelbarrow.

Nearby, a walker claws at the fence, its eyes, ears and mouth dripping with blood.

Carl joins Rick and asks what's wrong with their pig, Violet, who's lying motionless in the sty. Rick has no explanation and insists Carl refrain from naming the pigs. "They're food," he says.

In an outdoor picnic area, Carol jokes with Daryl about his popularity with all the people he's helped bring to the prison. Patrick, one of the young newcomers, asks to shake Daryl's hand.

Just across the field, a group of survivors stabs at walkers that are clawing at the perimeter fence. Carol tells Daryl there was a buildup of walkers overnight, and that it's getting worse: "They don't spread out any more," she says.

Meanwhile, Maggie nuzzles Glenn in bed. Fearing that she may be pregnant, Glenn urges her to sit out the supply run to the Big Spot! department store that day.

At the perimeter fence, Tyreese tells Karen - formerly of Woodbury - that he doesn't like killing walkers at the fence, and is therefore joining the supply run. She urges him to be careful and they kiss.

Zach, a young newcomer, helps Daryl load a truck and tells Beth that he's going on the run as well. Beth kisses him, but refuses to say good-bye.

Another newcomer, Bob, asks Sasha if he can join them on the run. She says no, on the basis that he's only been at the prison for a week. Glenn points out that Bob's Army medic training could come in handy. "You're a hell of a tough sell," Bob tells a skeptical Sasha, who eventually agrees to let him join.

Michonne returns from a search for the Governor and reports zero luck. She says she'll expand her search to Macon County.

Rick orders Carl to stay behind while he checks snares outside the fences for prey. Hershel tells Rick that the Council - himself, Daryl, Glenn, Carol and Sasha - wants Rick to bring a gun when he goes out. "I have my knife," Rick argues, although he eventually relents.

In the forest, Rick finds a woman foraging for food and offers her his own. She asks if she and her husband can join his group. Rick says he first has to meet her husband and then ask them three questions.

Back at the prison, Carl and Patrick find a group of children giving names to walkers at the fence. Carl reprimands them: "They're not people, and they're not pets," he says. "Don't name them." One of the children asks Patrick if he's going to join them in the prison library for "Story Time" with Carol later on. He agrees, then tells Carl that he wouldn't enjoy it because it's "kid's stuff."

At the Big Spot!, Daryl knocks on a window to flush out walkers. The group methodically kills the strays, then marches inside. But unbeknownst to them, scores of walkers mill around a downed helicopter on the building's rooftop.

En route to her camp, the woman, Clara, tells Rick she never would have survived if it weren't for her husband. "He showed me the things that I had to do, or be willing to do," she says. "If he wasn't still here, I couldn't be."

At the store, the team fills their carts with supplies. Glenn finds a billboard advertising baby photos, and grabs an instant camera.

Bob takes a wine bottle off a shelf and gazes at it longingly. With newfound resolve, he slams the bottle back on the shelf, causing the entire unit to collapse.

The walkers on the roof react to the sudden noise. The unstable roof starts to give way under their shuffling feet, and walkers begin crashing down into the store.

In the forest, Clara expresses hope that she and her husband will be able to answer Rick's questions satisfactorily.

Back at the store, walkers continue to fall through the ceiling and attack the team. A walker bites Zach and ravages him. The team evacuates just as the roof collapses, bringing the helicopter down along with it.

Meanwhile, Rick and Clara arrive at Clara's camp, where she immediately rushes to a nearby pile of supplies. "This is Rick," she says to the pile, "and he's going to help us." Rick looks on, puzzled.

Clara suddenly charges at Rick with her knife. He throws her to the ground. "He's starving!" she screams. "He's slowing. He needs something alive." Rick looks at a nearby burlap sack, which contains the remains of Clara's husband, now reanimated as a walker.

Then Clara turns the knife on herself. "I can't be without him," she says, stabbing herself in the stomach.

Dying, Clara asks Rick what his three questions were. Rick solemnly asks: "How many walkers have you killed?" Then "How many people have you killed?"

"Just me," Clara answers.

"Why?" Rick asks.

"You don't get to come back from the things you've done," she answers.

Meanwhile, Carl enters the library as Carol kicks off story time. After the parents of the children leave, she furtively opens a trunk full of knives and shows the kids how to use them for protection. Patrick, feeling unwell, asks to be dismissed. Carol sees Carl and asks him not to tell Rick about her lessons.

Out in the prison yard, Rick returns from his encounter with Clara and finds Violet the pig lying dead in a corner of her pen.

Tyreese, back from the run, joins Karen in her cell. "I don't like going out there, either," he tells her.

Glenn reports to Maggie about Zach's death. She tells Glenn that she's not pregnant. "Thank God," he says. She argues they could have raised a child. "I don't want to be afraid of being alive," she says.

Beth reacts matter-of-factly to news of Zach's death. "I don't cry anymore," she tells Daryl. "I'm just glad I got to know him."

As Rick cradles Judith, he confides in Hershel his fears of becoming as mad as Clara. Hershel reassures him that he was nowhere close to that. Besides, Hershel reminds him, "You came back."

That night, Patrick staggers to the bathroom, coughing feverishly. He drops dead in the shower, blood streaming from his eyes, ears and mouth. Moments later, his eyes open: He's turned.

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