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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 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

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

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If there was a way to hit the reset button and wake up to a blood stained diamond ring on her finger but with Sophia laying beside her… Memory erased. Would Carol go back?

The dead saved Carol Peletier from a lifeless fate of hushed agony and blistering shame filled coverups. Had walkers not broached a life sworn to secrecy and embarrassment under chapel vows, there would be no exit door. No Andrea or Shane to bring the realities of Carol’s home life into a public spotlight. She would have never met Daryl Dixon, Ezekiel, or even Rick Grimes. In a way, the post-apocalypse world of The Walking Dead highly benefited Carol’s self esteem, reshaped its stony foundations from rock bottom. The identity that was on the verge of non-existence, flourished under the rule of the new king of the food chain. 

If walkers never ambushed Carol’s life, the silver-haired heroine would likely still be at Ed’s beck and call… Toiling under the proverbial weight of his foot, praying for mercy silently in the moonlight. Yet, the dead took Carol’s only biological daughter Sophia in the process of a journey to self-realization and self-worth.

The ultimate price, her own flesh and blood. Potentially, the only biological child she’ll ever bare. The Natural Aristocrat recently explored how A Mother’s Grief is Forever. There won’t be a night where Carol ever loses the memory of motherhood. It begs the question, if Carol could go back as she was back then with Ed to bring Sophia back… Would she say accept and sacrifice her own life once again?  

Many on the Twitter-verse have speculated upon what Carol is thinking about when she wakes up in the Season 10 Episode 6 preview below. If she’s wishing Daryl was laying beside her. Perhaps, it’s not a romantic void at all Carol’s feeling but rather loss. Maybe she’s glancing at the spot Sophia once took every morning when she called her mom.

Do you feel Carol Peletier is better off today than she’d been had The Walking Dead never exposed the sanctity of her destructive, private home life? Sound off in the comment form below. 

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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