Melissa McBride’s Walk­ing Dead war­rior

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Who could have pre­dicted that the mousey, meek and eas­ily dom­i­nated woman we first met wash­ing clothes in the quarry back in sea­son one would be­come the tough- as­nails and ut­terly ruth­less char­ac­ter we know in the sixth? Ad­mit­tedly, we saw early signs of Carol Peletier hav­ing a back­bone when she stood up to vi­o­lent hubby Ed over daugh­ter Sophia, and got a fur­ther hint when she an­grily mu­ti­lated his corpse with a pick­axe after he dies in a Walker at­tack.

But McBride’s Carol has fol­lowed a truly sat­is­fy­ing arc on the post- apoc­a­lyp­tic se­ries, mak­ing her one of the most in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ters on TV. And, thanks to her ap­peal, one of the few sur­viv­ing cast mem­bers from the early episodes.

Since then, we’ve seen her emerge as a truly hardy woman, the cat­a­clysm seem­ingly hav­ing brought out both the best and, for a time, the very worst in her,

with Carol exiled for a sea­son after con­tro­ver­sially yet mer­ci­fully end­ing the life of two peo­ple dur­ing the sea­son four stint at the prison. She’s since been al­lowed back with the oth­ers, show­ing her met­tle time and again, and emerg­ing as the tough­est baker of cook­ies cur­rently in zom­bie TV; though ad­mit­tedly, there isn’t much com­pe­ti­tion on that front.

McBride in­fuses her with real charm and spirit and though she has on oc­ca­sion fallen vic­tim to the silly de­ci­sion- mak­ing process that af­fects the char­ac­ters, she’s con­tin­ued to change and adapt. Plus, she has a close bond with Daryl, and their friend­ship is one of the high­lights of the show when­ever they share the screen, such as in sea­son five’s “Con­sumed”, an in­ti­mate, melan­choly episode that sees them con­fronting their is­sues and their growth so far. Long may she fight! James White

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