Violet recaps Season 5 Episode 6 of The Walking Dead, titled Consumed, where we go back and see what happened to Carol and Daryl after they drove off together following the car with the white cross! Following the recap, both Violet and Josh share their thoughts about the episode.
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Episode Recap of The Walking Dead, Season 5 Episode 6: Consumed
The opening scene of this episode brings us all the way back to when Rick sent Carol away. We see her drive off alone, then later, she is parked and crying. That is, until a walker starts banging on the car, forcing her to drive away. She pulls up to the building of a law firm and goes inside. No walkers are inside. She holes up there for awhile. One day, she looks out the window and sees smoke rising off in the distance. She drives toward it, and finds the prison destroyed.
In the next scene, we skip ahead to Daryl and Carol driving after the car with the white cross in the dark. They follow it into Atlanta, where it stops at an intersection. They stop in the shadows not too far behind and turn off the engine. One of the officers gets out of the car, but doesn’t head toward Carol and Daryl. It seems they’ve gone undetected. He piles up a couple of bikes, then gets back in the car and they drive off. When Daryl tries to start the car back up, it doesn’t work. Carol says she knows a place nearby they can go, so they get out and go on foot.
The dark street is overrun by walkers, but they make it safely inside, find the keys on a corpse, and go through a door marked “Service Center.” Then they go further into the building to a room with bunk beds. Carol explains that it’s temporary housing, and we see a book titled “Treating Survivors of Child Abuse.” Carol insists on taking first watch while Daryl sleeps. But he doesn’t go to sleep. Instead they talk. Carol says that she doesn’t think they get to save people anymore.
Suddenly, they hear a banging noise and go investigate. It’s coming from down the hall. They get to it, and realize it’s a mother and child walker, trapped in their temporary housing room. Carol starts to go in to kill them, but Daryl stops her, saying she doesn’t have to. The next morning, Carol wakes up, and sees smoke outside the window. She discovers that Daryl is burning the bodies of the walkers they saw the night before. She thanks him.
In another flashback scene, Carol and Tyreese bury the bodies of Lizzie and Mika. Carol looks up and sees white smoke rising off in the distance.
Back to Carol and Daryl, they head out to try to find the car they were following, which was headed downtown. They come across a big group of walkers, so Daryl lights a legal pad on fire and throws it to distract them, while he and Carol try to get to a sky bridge, which they have to go through a parking structure to get to. When they reach the bridge, they come across walkers in sleeping bags and tents. They kill the walkers in the sleeping bags, but ignore the ones trapped in their tents. At the other end of the bridge, there’s a pair of doors chained together, but the opening is large enough that they can squeeze through.
They go into a deserted office and have a look out the window at destroyed Atlanta. In the distance, Daryl sees a van with the white crosses on its back windows. The van is teetering at the edge of a bridge, having broken through the guardrails, but it looks like it’s been there awhile. They decide to go check it out.
But when they come back through the chained doors, Carol has to put her gun through first to get through – and Noah takes it and points it at them. He also makes Daryl give him his crossbow. Then Noah cuts slits in the tents, releasing the walkers, and he runs away. Carol takes out her backup gun and shoots at him, but Daryl pushes her hand. Carol claims she was only aiming at his leg.
In another flashback, we see Carol after she has burned the bodies of the sick people she killed at the prison.
Carol and Daryl reach the white van, and take a look around inside for clues. They see the initials “GMH” and think that the people who took Beth might be at Grady Memorial Hospital. Meanwhile, the horde of walkers is getting bigger, so they fight them, but there’s too many, so they go back inside the van. They buckle up and make the van teeter enough to fall off the edge of the bridge onto the ground below. Luckily, they escape relatively unharmed.
They regroup, and Carol says they’re only 3 blocks away from the hospital. They go into a nearby building to scope out what’s going on at the hospital. Carol tells Daryl that she and Sophia stayed at that shelter for a day and half, then she went back to her husband and kept praying for something to happen, but never did anything about it. She says that at the prison, she got to be who she always thought she should be, but then that got burned away. They hear a noise and go check it out.
There’s a walker pinned to the wall through the neck with one of Daryl’s arrows. They hear gunfire and investigate. Carol gets attacked by a walker, but Daryl stabs it in the head and rescues her. Further down the hall, he sees Noah barricading a door with a bookshelf, then Daryl runs into him, making the bookshelf fall on top of him. Daryl decides to leave him there for the walker to break through and get him, despite Noah’s pleas for help. Carol tells Daryl they can’t just leave him there. The walker gets through the doorway and begins to attack Noah – but Daryl turns around and shoots it in the head before it does any harm.
In yet another flashback, Carol strips off the clothes covered in walker entrails, and walks off into the woods, leaving the smoking Terminus behind.
Carol lifts the bookshelf off of Noah. They figure out that Noah knows Beth, and that she’s still at the hospital. Below, they see a station wagon drive by with a white cross on its back windshield. They head to the building next door. Noah trips, so Daryl helps him up. Carol goes on ahead and begins to cross the street – but she gets hit by the station wagon. Daryl runs to help, but Noah holds him back, telling him that there’s people at the hospital that can help her, and they can get Carol and Beth back later. Two officers get out of the car, put Carol onto a stretcher, and take her in.
Daryl and Noah steal a truck, and drive off, leaving Carol behind.
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 5 Episode 6 of The Walking Dead: Consumed
Alright, I’m going to start this off with a couple of confessions. First, unlike most members of the female persuasion (and a great number of the male persuasion as well), I am not obsessed with Daryl. Sure, I like him, but he’s not my favorite character, and I’m not like “OMG he’s so hot and awesome and if they kill him I’ll riot!” Second, I don’t “ship” Daryl and Carol, and never have. She seems a little too old for him to me. I thought Daryl and Beth had more chemistry when they were stuck together. But she seems to young for him. He needs someone more his own age, maybe Michonne? Okay, now that I have those unpopular opinions out of the way, I’ll continue.
I don’t really like the way that The Walking Dead has adopted this new method as of late where they suddenly decide to backtrack, and then devote an entire episode to just a character or two, or a small handful of characters that has split off from the main group. Admittedly, it does give us a chance to focus on particular characters, and allows us to delve into their psyche a lot more than we would in a normal episode, so that is a positive aspect to it. However, overall, I feel like it makes the season stagnant because we aren’t continuously moving forward. We have to keep coming back to other things, which makes it feel like the season ceases to make any progress.
In this episode, we focused only on Carol and Daryl, and were re-introduced to Noah, who we met on Beth’s episode. We now know for sure that Noah is the one that Daryl was talking to a few episodes ago when he came out of the bushes near the church and said, “You can come out now.” I didn’t feel like Daryl and Carol had any sort of romantic tension between them at all, mostly just felt like they were good friends, on a mission, trying to help each other survive — in other words, business as usual on The Walking Dead. I think the bigger personal story here was Carol’s redemption. It seemed that she thought everything was a lost cause, that they don’t get to save people anymore. But Daryl made her change her mind on that one, when he manipulated her into begging him to save Noah. He made it seem like he didn’t care about saving Noah, but he obviously did, and he knew he could get Carol to want to save him too, which was evident by the way he already had his crossbow ready to kill the walker who was attacking Noah.
I’m not sure how Carol was hit by the car so easily. It was weird how she ran on ahead of Daryl and Noah, and was so careless that she didn’t even look around when she ran across the street. Obviously, they wouldn’t have wanted to be seen by the hospital people, so you’d think she’d be more stealthy before running out into the open, especially knowing that they were out driving around nearby. Did she do it on purpose? And what about the hospital people, did they hit her on purpose? It seems like they might have, considering that they need her to owe them for saving her. Or was it all just a coincidence?
Whatever the case, I’m ready to get back to the main group and see what’s going on there! Then we can move forward with the group all getting back together for a big rescue of Carol and Beth from the evil hospital people! Hopefully we get to that before the big break in the season.
Josh’s Thoughts: The Walking Dead, Season 5 Episode 6: Consumed
I would have put money on Carol pretending to be injured to get her into the hospital. It looks like that’s not true, given the fact that she has just been hit by a car. I actually think that would have been an interesting story line to have happen. But I guess we will have to see how it goes this way. We do not know the extent of her injuries yet, so we will have to see how bad off she is.
I have a feeling that Beth is going to try to play dumb with who Carol is, since the hospital group doesn’t really like being having allies (remember how Noah’s dad fared when he talked to Beth?) I guess we will see how Carol reacts to seeing Beth, to see if she can keep her cool too.
Noah is a hard character to figure out. So far I am leaning towards not liking him. So far, he has sacrificed Beth’s freedom to save his own skin, and was willing to sacrifice Daryl and Carol to walkers so that he could steal their weapons. I guess from his perspective, he doesn’t know Carol and Daryl, and what they would do to him if they got the drop on him, but still, Noah isn’t on our (the collective viewership of Walking Dead and the cast’s) team!
Hopefully we finally get to bring in the reinforcements. It is time for Rick and company to bring these punks down. It could be tricky though, as these are trained law enforcement officers, and they seem to have a decent base, and weapons as well.
One other side thing I am curious about, is if Rick knows any of these cops. I know he is from a much smaller town, but there had to have been some crossover before the walker infestation. That would be really interesting I think, finding out Rick has some connection to these people. I really hope the next episode gives us some excitement!
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