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Daryl and Ezekiel’s talk felt like a stiff handshake from a girl’s boyfriend

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Ezekiel pulling Daryl aside to talk Carol was The Walking Dead equivalent of getting a stiff handshake from a girl’s boyfriend.

The Walking Dead’s season 9 finale saw Ezekiel engaging in a icy man-to-man talk with Daryl about his then Queen/fiancee Carol. One that boiled down to ‘Step away from her friend,’ or in Ezekiel’s words, “I don’t want to be the bad guy here.” It was universal, every guy has been on both sides of the equation at one time or another. Usually, it happens on a night out at a bar when a guy converses with a girl at length, and her boyfriend’s eyes dart to his opponent with a fierce unspoken gaze.

There Ezekiel was still reeling from the death of his adopted son, when he spots an unexpected, potential challenger to the Queen’s heart from the corner of his eye. The same individual he inadvertently blames for failing Henry, his faith in him at an all-time low. At first, he makes nothing of the conversation between old friends but Daryl’s mere presence gets to the King.

As Ezekiel senses the Queen’s feelings for him are slowly evaporating, he decides to secretly negotiate an exit with her possible old flame. An ember that never truly stopped fully burning and can reignite at any second. Ezekiel calls forth a seemingly friendly audience with Daryl so they can discuss matters in private.

Dropping pleasantries, Ezekiel tells Daryl, he should probably leave them be when they arrive at Hilltop. No Carol around, no need to pretend, ‘We’re all best of friends here!’ However, the young lion does not accept, roaring back, “Is that what Carol wants?” The elder lion sensing the matter not closed, responds, ‘It’s what we both want!’ with a flash of teeth. Daryl understands the message, there’s nothing more that needs to be said.

However, Queen Carol notices something is amiss during the man-to-man dialogue. Her feelings dwindling further, spiraling into romantic abyss with every extra second of the private conversation. Her fiancee Ezekiel’s charged body language toward her ‘friend’ has a reverse effect. Instead, Carol’s feelings grow even stronger for Daryl subconsciously. Unfinished business, the one who got away, lingering emotions that never saw closure swim up to the surface.

By the conclusion of The Walking Dead’s season 9 finale, Ezekiel’s attempt at a ‘stiff handshake’ with Daryl has backfired tremendously. The move combined with the loss of their son, sends Carol to join Daryl back in Alexandria, miles away physically from the King. Practically another state in these new times. No longer is the situation just emotionally distant for the distraught King.

Queen Carol returns the ring that promised a forever union to the palm of the King’s hand. Now at rock bottom, Ezekiel realizes his last minute attempt to rescue the relationship was wholly unsuccessful. By the time Ezekiel understood the building blocks of marriage were crumbling, it was already too late.

Enjoyed Negan’s redemption story on The Walking Dead’s season 9 finale? Check out The Walking Dead’s take on Prison Reform: Can Negan change? for the pros and cons of letting Negan out of his Alexandria cell permanently!

Nir Regev is the founder of The Natural Aristocrat. You can directly contact him at nir.regev@thenaturalaristocrat.com for coverage consideration, interview opportunties, or general comments.

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How well do you know Melissa McBride? Trivia Quiz

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Carol Peletier - Silence Promo - Photo Credit: AMC
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Carol Peletier fans, how well do you know Melissa McBride? Test your knowledge & see if you deserve any cookies or a trip over to some quaint flowers!

Question #1 Photo Credit: Chuck Zlotnick/AMC (* Photo has been slightly altered.)

What is Melissa McBride's middle name?

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier - The Walking Dead _ Season 10 - Photo Credit: Chuck Zlotnick/AMC
  1. Chloe

  2. Stacy

  3. Lucy

  4. Suzanne

Melissa has been credited by her full name 'Melissa Suzanne McBride' 7 times in her acting career.

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What was Melissa's first ever TV Series role?

  1. Dr. Rachel Woods on 'Walker, Texas Ranger'

  2. Darlene Kellogg on 'Matlock'

  3. Holly Gallagher on 'American Gothic'

  4. Carol Peletier on 'The Walking Dead'

Melissa's television series debut was on 'Matlock' as Darlene Kellogg. She appeared in Season 8, Episode 10 of the show, "Matlock's Bad, Bad, Bad Dream" on December 2, 1993.

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What other industry jobs has Melissa had?

  1. Soundtrack Composer

  2. Stuntwoman

  3. Screenwriter

  4. Commercial Casting Director

Melissa McBride worked as a Commercial Casting Director from 2000 to 2010 in Atlanta, Fulton County Georgia... Until she was offered the role of Carol Peletier on The Walking Dead!

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Melissa played Nina, a film buff, who charms a lead character in what show?

  1. Dawson's Creek

  2. Profiler

  3. A Season in Purgatory

  4. Mutant Species

Melissa McBride played Nina on Dawson's Creek. Nina catches Dawson following a breakup, and her knowledge of Directors like Martin Scorsese sets Dawson's heart a flutter.

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Melissa McBride was voted as a nominee for 'Best Supporting Actress on Television' from 2014-2019 for The Walking Dead on what award show?

  1. Emmys

  2. Critics' Choice Television Awards

  3. Saturn Awards

  4. MTV Movie & TV Awards

Melissa McBride was a nominee for 'Best Supporting Actress on Television' from 2014-2019 at the annual Saturn Awards. The award show was originally created to honor Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, and has since grown to include television & other genres.

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Where was Melissa McBride born?

  1. Lexington, Kentucky

  2. Hollywood, Florida

  3. Jasper, Alabama

  4. La Grange, Illinois

Melissa McBride was born in Lexington, Kentucky. She officially embarked on a professional acting career in 1991 over in Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia.

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On what animated show was Carol Peletier featured with Melissa voicing the character?

  1. South Park

  2. Family Guy

  3. Robot Chicken

  4. American Dad!

Melissa McBride voice Carol Peletier on a 'Robot Chicken' special entitled "The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special: Look Who's Walking". She also voiced Andrea Harrison.

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Melissa played the character of Sally on what Lifetime television movie?

  1. Living Proof

  2. No Time Like Christmas

  3. If Someone Had Known

  4. Everything She Ever Wanted

Melissa played a supporting role alongside actress Amanda Bynes in 2008 Lifetime TV movie, 'Living Proof'.

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What other Lifetime TV movie did Melissa have a role on?

  1. Her Deadly Rival

  2. Pirates of Silicon Valley

  3. The Reconstruction of William Zero

  4. The Happys

Melissa McBride starred in Lifetime TV Movie 'Her Deadly Rival' in 1995 as Ellie. It's one of the few times Melissa is credited by her full name, 'Melissa Suzanne McBride'.

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Melissa was in a hair commercial, talking about her "perm" and "great curls" for what company?

  1. Nexxus

  2. John Paul Mitchell

  3. Redkin

  4. Pantene

The infamous commercial, mostly newly unearthed on YouTube by fans of The Walking Dead was promoting Nexxus Salon Hair Perms.

They said it couldn't be done.

But you proved them wrong by getting all these questions wrong! Just look at the flowers.

They said it couldn't be done.

But you proved them wrong by getting all these questions wrong! Just look at the flowers.

They said it couldn't be done.

But you proved them wrong by getting all these questions wrong! Just look at the flowers.

They said it couldn't be done.

But you proved them wrong by getting all these questions wrong! Just look at the flowers.

Your knowledge is "very exciting".

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier - The Walking Dead _ Season 10 - Photo Credit: Chuck Zlotnick/AMC
Your knowledge of Melissa McBride can be described as "very exciting!" but puts emphasis on certain questions more than others. So much so, Norman Reedus has left the video feed. Better luck next virtual panel!

Your knowledge is "very exciting".

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier - The Walking Dead _ Season 10 - Photo Credit: Chuck Zlotnick/AMC
Your knowledge of Melissa McBride can be described as "very exciting!" but puts emphasis on certain questions more than others. So much so, Norman Reedus has left the video feed. Better luck next virtual panel!

Your knowledge is "very exciting".

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier - The Walking Dead _ Season 10 - Photo Credit: Chuck Zlotnick/AMC
Your knowledge of Melissa McBride can be described as "very exciting!" but puts emphasis on certain questions more than others. So much so, Norman Reedus has left the video feed. Better luck next virtual panel!

Shhh... You know too much!

Carol Peletier - Silence Promo - Photo Credit: AMC
Your knowledge of Melissa is simply astounding, enough to make her blush! Or maybe you were assisted by the classroom, educational tool known as Google. Put that iPhone away!

Shhh... You know too much!

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Your knowledge of Melissa is simply astounding, enough to make her blush! Or maybe you were assisted by the classroom, educational tool known as Google. Put that iPhone away!

Shhh... You know too much!

Carol Peletier - Silence Promo - Photo Credit: AMC
Your knowledge of Melissa is simply astounding, enough to make her blush! Or maybe you were assisted by the classroom, educational tool known as Google. Put that iPhone away!

Perfection.

Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier - The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 12 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Consider yourself an honorary McBride. Rumor has it there's great cookies during the holidays!

Test your Carol Peletier knowledge with the Who wants to be a Carollionaire? – Carol Peletier Quiz!

Be sure to read:

The Walking Dead Season 10B: Examining Carol’s Claustrophobia

Carol Peletier: A Mother’s Grief is Forever

Lost Affection: Carol Peletier’s past destroying her future (Poem)

Is Carol’s life better off post-apocalypse on The Walking Dead?

Check out more of The Natural Aristocrat’s TWD coverage over at the Walking Dead articles category section! There are new quizzes already under development, stay tuned!

Buy The Walking Dead: The Complete Seasons (#1-9) Blu-ray on Amazon and relive the experience!

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Who wants to be a Carollionaire? – Carol Peletier Quiz

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Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier - The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 12 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
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Walking Dead fans, do you have what it takes to be a Carollionaire? Test your Carol Peletier knowledge & see if you deserve any cookies!

Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC (#1,2,4,5) and Scott Garfield/AMC (#3 Monochrome).

In what season does Carol have long hair for the first time?

Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 15 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
  1. Season 7

  2. Season 8

  3. Season 9

  4. Season 10

Carol's hair grows long after the flash forward occurs (post-Rick Grimes disappearance) in Season 9, Episode 6 ("Who Are You Now?").

What song plays when Carol leaves Tobin?

Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier and Jason Douglas as Tobin - The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 12 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
  1. "Blackbird Song" by Lee DeWyze

  2. "It's All Over" by Johnny Cash

  3. "The Last Pale Light in the West" by Ben Nichols

  4. "Black" by Kari Kimmel

Johnny Cash's "It's All Over" plays as Carol packs her stuff and leaves a note behind to break up with Tobin.

In which episode is Carol's husband Ed attacked by walkers?

Shane Walsh (Jon Bernthal), Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride), Ed Peletier (Adam Minarovich), Andrea (Laurie Holden), Jacqui (Jeryl Prescott) and Amy (Emma Bell) in Episode 3 of The Walking Dead Shane Walsh (Jon Bernthal), Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride), Ed Peletier (Adam Minarovich), Andrea (Laurie Holden), Jacqui (Jeryl Prescott) and Amy (Emma Bell) in Episode 3 - Photo Credit: Scott Garfield/AMC
  1. "Vatos"

  2. "Wildfire"

  3. "Tell it to the Frogs"

  4. "Chupacabra"

Ed meets his end in the fourth episode of The Walking Dead. Hearing noise outside of his tent, Ed opens it angrily, demanding to be left alone... Only to meet a painful demise by Walkers.

Who does Carol refer to as the group's "unofficial first lady"?

Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier - The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 12 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
  1. Herself

  2. Michonne

  3. Deanna Monroe

  4. Lori Grimes

Carol comments that Lori Grimes is the group's unofficial first lady in "Chupacabra" (Season 2, Episode 5). "You're Rick's wife. It sort of makes you our unofficial first lady."

When Carol says Sophia is "in a better place", who disagrees?

Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier - The Walking Dead _ Season 8, Episode 13 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
  1. Shane Walsh

  2. Merle Dixon

  3. Carl Grimes

  4. Hershel Greene

Surprisingly, Carl Grimes is the one to disregard Carol's feelings & even calls her an "idiot" for believing Sophia is in a better place. Carol would ask Rick and Lori to discipline Carl for being disrespectful.

Get it together.

You've brought shame upon your Carol family... Just look at the flowers.

Time for a binge watch.

Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier - The Walking Dead _ Season 8, Episode 13 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Break out the notepad and the fountain pen. Study break is over.

Solid but average never won trophies.

Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 15 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Stop settling for participation awards, step your Carol knowledge game up!

True Carol Fan

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A loyal follower of the cult of Carol Peletier! One question evaded you from achieving total Carol enlightenment. Someday, you won't have to phone a friend (or use Google).

Congrats, you've just become a Carollionaire!

Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier - The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 12 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Your knowledge of Carol is rich & profound! Melissa McBride would be proud. You deserve a whole batch of Cookies!

Be sure to read:

The Walking Dead Season 10B: Examining Carol’s Claustrophobia

Carol Peletier: A Mother’s Grief is Forever

Lost Affection: Carol Peletier’s past destroying her future (Poem)

Is Carol’s life better off post-apocalypse on The Walking Dead?

Check out more of The Natural Aristocrat’s TWD coverage over at the Walking Dead articles category section! There are new quizzes already under development, stay tuned!

Buy The Walking Dead: The Complete Seasons (#1-9) Blu-ray on Amazon and relive the experience!

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Lydia, Negan steal show with shades of TLOU’s Ellie and Joel

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Cassady McClincy as Lydia, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan - The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 15 - Photo Credit: Jace Downs/AMC
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Cassady McClincy gave her best acting performance to date on “The Tower” as she and Jeffrey Dean Morgan made a strong play for the roles of Ellie & Joel on HBO’s upcoming adaption of The Last of Us.

This article contains spoilers for The Walking Dead Season 10 Episode 15 (“The Tower”) and The Last of Us.

Is it time for Negan to trade in his vintage leather jacket for an olive-green plaid shirt in-between seasons of The Walking Dead? Lydia’s chaotic outburst at the father figure who ironically made her an orphan tonight was magic. A frenzied tearjerker with the same intentionally unrefined edges that once made Rick Grimes’ breakdown ‘snot’ memorable. Vicious, raw screaming at the man who took away both Lydia’s mother and right to self-sacrifice at her hand. Cradled, sheltered, and snatched from fate. Just as Joel did to Ellie at the conclusion of The Last of Us.

The type of father/daughter on-screen chemistry Cassady McClincy and Jeffrey Dean Morgan share is a rare sight. Negan pleading with Lydia to hit him, desiring nothing more than to lean down to present an unguarded mug was one of the show’s more powerful visuals. What do you say to an abused teenager whose mother you just pushed past death row? Lydia, rejected the guilt-filled plea initially. Opting to pierce Negan where it hurts the most… With words of truth. ‘You just wanted to be a hero to them but you’ll never be one!’

Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan, Cassady McClincy as Lydia – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 15 – Photo: Jace Downs/AMC

Though TWD’s audience has seen a youngster losing a parent before with Carl Grimes, it was to an extent, mostly bottled up by Carl postmortem. Here we see the full spectrum of emotions from detachment, disgust and unbridled rage to complete shock, vulnerability and sadness by Lydia. Rockbottom.

The last remnants of Lydia’s innocence, of her childhood, forever gone. No chance of making her mother or father’s heart be filled with pride ever again. Not even the faintest, unrealistic daydreams of her mother’s starry-eyed happy tears at a college graduation or wedding. Every day forward will be spent alone, even when others are there. Instead of being gently guided, Lydia is shoved into the mud of adulthood.

Tonight’s TWD just needed Gustavo Santaolalla’s “All Gone” (No Escape) to complete the moment…

Be sure to read Lydia’s mistreatment proves Second Chances are Fashion Statements and more TWD Season 10 coverage in The Natural Aristocrat’s Walking Dead category section.

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