Carol and Daryl, season 5, episode 6 (506)

Walking Dead Theory (506) – They’re up in smoke

Carol and Daryl, season 5, episode 6 (506)

The highlight of my Monday night is catching up on the newest episode of The Walking Dead. I just finished episode six (Consumed), and I’ve drawn a couple of conclusions regarding how this season will eventually play out:


There’s been an unusual amount of attention aimed at Carol this season, and it is somewhat reminiscent of the attention given to Andrea in season three, and if you know how that season ended for Andrea, then you can draw a similar conclusion to what I’m about to state.

I believe Carol will die this season, and here’s why:

I think it was after the second episode that I turned to my wife and said, “I think Carol is doomed.” But it was more of a gut feeling. However, now having watched this last episode and saw just how far Carol has journeyed since the first season (a complete character transformation), I’m thinking she’s reached the end of her rope, hence all of the smoke in this past episode (e.g. the smoke at the prison, the smoke at Terminus, the smoke from the cremation of the two girls from season 4, the smoke from Darryl burning bodies, and particularly the smoke coming from Daryl’s cigarette, which I find to be the ultimate symbol for each major character in this show, human cigarettes being smoked by the F’d up world they live in). And it seems that some are interpreting this as a form of Carol’s rebirth into the character she is or will become, but I don’t necessarily agree (I think the rebirth has already happened). Carol mentioned that she’s been consumed, leaving Daryl to say, “We ain’t ashes.” But he may be speaking for himself.

Another theory I’ve developed, albeit a far reaching theory, is that Eugene lied about lying and that he does know how to save the world (and once again demonstrating that he’s smarter than everyone else). And if you’re wondering why he’d do that, the answer is simple: he’s a coward (or so we’re led to believe).

Abraham was going to shove them through a wall of zombies that would have surely meant their demise. Eugene understood this and knew the only possible way for him to prevent Abraham’s banzai charge was to take away Abraham’s conviction to get through the thousand-zombie army, thus potentially sacrificing himself through the penalty he’d face by the hands of Abraham, which he did face and may be in danger of dying from. (Eugene smacking the back of his head from the blow of Abraham’s punch and then on the pavement was not unintentional by the show’s writers.)

My theory is that Eugene will somehow reveal that he does know something that will help them, but the time needed to save him is running out.

This pulls in the other story thread and the doctor from the hospital in Atlanta. Rick’s group will rescue Beth and Carol and obtain the doctor Beth has somewhat befriended. He will be necessary to save Eugene in a future episode (if Eugene can be saved).

From there, my theory gets further reaching; I’m guessing Rick and company will go to Richmond where the season will conclude with the introduction of a new villain and the (duh, duh, duuuh) death of either Glenn or Maggie (or possibly both). In the comics, Glenn dies, but the show is not exactly faithful to its source material, which could mean that Maggie dies and Glenn further transforms into something darker. Ultimately, I feel like both of those characters have hit a wall in their development and are a bit too (dare I say it) happy. Glenn has taken the role of moral compass (as did Dale and Hershel before) and it seems that the moral compasses are needed to guide Rick to the righteous side but are then broken in a horrific fashion.

Glenn dying (or morally dying) at the end of this season might be the only thing I have right. We’ll see.

P.S. I have no idea what role Morgan will play. Do you?


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