I don’t make predictions.
But I do have a couple things I want to say.
1. If TPTB make the choice to get rid of Scott Wilson and Melissa McBride in the same season, it will take me a while to get even close to finding words that might come even close to conveying my rage. People have different opinions, but mine is that these two were/are the finest actors the show had/has left, and we’re already down one of them. What else were/are they? The OLDEST actors the show had/has left. The message this choice would send is, to me, frankly devastating.
2. What’s more, until TPTB decided to do whatever this fuckery with Carol has been this season, she and Hershel were also the most compassionate and balanced characters remaining at the prison. Can you think of anyone who smiled more easily than these two, before this season? (I still want to burst into tears every time I see that .gif of Carol smiling at Daryl in “30 Days Without an Accident,” because as one of my friends likes to say, she is sunshine in human form.) Glenn used to, sure, but he’s a giant humorless sad-sack now. Hershel and Carol were/are the wisdom, the sanity, and the hope. Where’s the light if they take both of them away? And I don’t really give a fuck what anyone says. Very few people want to watch a show in which there is no genuine hope or human feeling, where there is only loss and pain.
I don’t know what’s going to happen, and I’ve said that from the beginning. But as multiple posts I’ve made before have indicated, I find the continual sacrifice of quality characterization and compelling storytelling at the altar of ratings and cheap shock value to be beyond depressing and honestly, pathetic.
I’d love to hear what you guys think.