Don't love: Asshattery, stupidity, relentless negativity, anything that stomps on my flail
In another development shocking to no one, I turned out to have a few more feelings about this than I originally realized. Word explosion of sorts under the cut. The usual disclaimers apply. Thanks for flying I Use The Word Queen For A Reason All Day Every Day Airlines, and have an awesome day!
I am publishing this with reservation, because we’re teetering on the edge of the type of asks that I choose to delete. And I will tell you why. There is not a single thing about the following statement with which I agree:
Carol never really did say she was sorry for what she did.
This has been hashed, rehashed, re-rehashed, and re-re-rehashed so many times within this fandom that basically that statement in itself makes me want to bang my head into a wall. Since I have no idea who you are, I will for the moment avoid making assumptions about why you said it, but I’m a rhetorician, and the implication behind that statement is that she she ought to be sorry.
And I don’t think she’s sorry. I don’t.
I think she’s horrified that the world is now the kind of place where she deemed that action necessary. I think she’s devastated that her attempt to stop the spread of infection was unsuccessful. I think she’ll have nightmares about killing her friends until the day she dies. But she did it from a place of love and mercy, from a place of trying to save the maximum number of people possible. So she’s sorry that she had to do it, not that she did it. And honestly? I bet she’d do it again in the same situation, with the same information available to her. (Yes, as usual we’re skipping the part where the writers insisted on making her very very OOC and stupid, because Carol would have known that killing Karen and David wouldn’t stop the infection, BUT WHATEVER, ZOMBIES AREN’T REAL.)
What’s more, she didn’t do anything to Rick, so there is no world in which she owes Rick an apology for anything. The idea that it was up to him to make a unilateral decision about her fate is patently ludicrous. (Yes, I’m aware that the counterargument to this statement is that Carol shouldn’t have made a unilateral decision about David’s and Karen’s fates either, but that is another discussion for another time, given that in the infection circumstance time was of the essence, while in the banishment circumstance it was not, save that Rick was probably so scared of finding out Daryl’s thoughts on the issue that he just shuffled Carol off when he knew Daryl couldn’t do a damn thing about it.)
Carol killed Tyreese’s girlfriend, and for that crime she sat in front of Tyreese, told him the complete, unvarnished truth, pushed a gun toward his hands, and waited to see if he’d pull the trigger. yearningflush had a great comment not too long ago (naturally I can’t find it now) regarding what much of the fandom expects Carol to do to “make it up to everyone.”
And no, no, a thousand times, no, because there is nothing to make up. She and Tyreese are square. The person she wronged has forgiven her without reservation. That chapter is closed, save within that portion of the fandom that is determined to have Carol Peletier crawl up on a damn cross and nail herself to it before they’re satisfied.
That portion of the fandom really chaps my ass, in case you haven’t noticed.
Do I think that Carol and Daryl probably have some talking to do before they’re BFFs again? Sure, absolutely. Do I think that there will be some tension within the group for various reasons? Yes, definitely. And I certainly hope that some of it will come from Carol’s newfound understanding of her own power, from her realization that she doesn’t have to listen to Rick, that she’s allowed to challenge him and call him out on his bullshit if she wants to, that his word isn’t the final word of god.
Now THAT would make for some quality tv:)
If this response comes across as excessive, I apologize in advance. Tone is very difficult to read over the internet. But as the owner of this blog, it will forever be my position that Carol has paid every last debt she owes, a thousand million times over. We’ll find out next month if the writers agree!