After the last episode ended with so many unanswered questions, one mystery is solved — Carol set fire to Karen and David. (No one cares about David but one more truly dead person means one less survivor in the post-apocalyptic struggle for the human species.)
We know why she did it — to stop the spread of the flu virus. (As Tyreese notes, she didn’t.) We know why she didn’t admit to doing it right away. (Tyreese is not happy.) But what we don’t know are the circumstances in which she burned them as well as the moral rationale she had in carrying out such a brutal action.
For instance, were Karen and David still alive when she set them ablaze? When Rick revisits the “crime scene,” he places his palm over a patch of blood on the door. This seems to indicate that Karen or David reached out to hold the door as Carol dragged them out to the patio. At least one of them must have been alive when she dragged them from their cells and burned them. (Plus, as a guest on Talking Dead following the episode, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd intimated they were burned alive.)
Should Carol have waited until they were dead to burn them? Were they already turning as she moved them? The amount of blood suggests they were very close to succumbing to their flu — or Walker — symptoms. It’s a moral dilemma — perfect for EW Comment Section Debate Club!
Speaking of moral dilemmas, Tyreese and Rick’s interactions highlighted their similar grieving methods (MAN RAGE!) and their different conclusions coming out of such a flood of emotion. Overwhelmed by Karen’s grisly death, Tyreese lashes out at everyone and anyone, striking Rick. No stranger to overwhelming grief/rage, Rick reciprocates and meets Tyreese’s punches and then some. They eventually come to an understanding, but Tyreese is dead set on bringing the Firestarter to justice. He even criticizes the former Sheriff Grimes for being more concerned with collecting water than doling out justice for murderers.
Already unsettled from Zach’s abrupt death before any of the flu virus hoopla started, Tyreese is understandably rattled. But fighting to survive the onset of another deadly virus all the while struggling to survive the Zombiepocalypse seems more pressing than solving the alleged murder of two infected people.
Side note: Although D’Angelo Barksdale and Cutty never had a scene together on The Wire, the small scene between Bob and Tyreese is a Wire fangirl/boy dream. I don’t think D’Angelo would have made it nearly as far as Bob has during the Zombiepocalypse, but I think Cutty would make it through at least as far as Tyreese has. (Wire fans, how would other characters from the Entertainment Weekly’s Greatest TV Show of All Time fare against the Walker Menace?)
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