The Walking Dead: Consumed Review


By: Jonathan Pilley (@omnicomic)

Like Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead is adapted from previous source material. This review is not meant to compare similarities and differences between the show and comic. It’s meant to be read purely as a take on the episode as it stands.

That being said, SPOILERS AHEAD.

“We don’t get to save people anymore.”

Like “Self-Help,” “Consumed” focused a few characters specifically and followed some of their more recent travails. In this episode, it was Carol and Daryl, two characters who are immensely popular and have a very dynamic chemistry together. The episode capitalized on that relationship as a means of delving into much of Carol’s history, both before and most recently in the apocalypse. Carol’s a survivor, evidenced by an all too familiar, intimate knowledge with a battered women’s shelter when her and Daryl need a place to crash. That survival instinct is further displayed after being banished from the prison by Rick.

When it happened at the time, Carol was pitched as being resolute and strong-willed. She grew as a person since her time before everything fell apart; graduating from an abuse victim to widow capable of doing whatever’s necessary to survive. Instead, she broke down afterwards, fully realizing that she was again isolated. It’s a switch for sure and showed even the strong falter from time to time. She’s adapted her response to the world and situations she might normally have and the flashbacks interspersed with the present presented that with great effect.

Harrowing van rides aside, the duo moved closer to finding Beth and those responsible for abducting her. Their path brings them face-to-face with Noah, patrolling the streets of Atlanta in search of guns. Of course, he managed to subdue both Carol and Daryl to disarm them, but what was more interesting was his escape. Carol still had a pistol, speaking to Noah’s naivety in searching the two them. She aimed at Noah and fired, with Daryl knocking her hand down at the last second. Despite Carol’s claims that she was going for his leg, it’s wholly possible (and plausible that she was going for a kill-shot, which again is in line with her new found approach to life.

At the time, it appeared that Daryl stopped her out a sense of duty and responsibility to humanity. Turns out, it was just a spur of the moment thing, as he was content to let Noah die later on when he was trapped under the bookcase. It took Carol’s change of heart of spare him, right before she found herself taking an impromptu trip to the emergency room. The scene this season of Carol being wheeled in on a gurney is given an explanation, as a car hit her rather unceremoniously. Daryl’s pure emotion at going after her was heartfelt, yet Noah made the smarter recommendation in taking a moment to regroup before coming back.

Daryl and Carol are two of the most interesting characters in the show to this point, so it was nice to see them get a chance to star in an episode on their own. They definitely carried the episode, shining a bit more light on Carol’s past. He has a similar past to that of Carol, in that both grew up dealing with abuse that they weren’t entirely responsible for. The two of them tapped into that abuse and anger as a means of living through the current predicament that requires that survival instinct. Now that Carol is in a vulnerable position again, considering her injuries and general unawareness of her new surroundings. Daryl will stop at nothing to get her back, including getting the gang back together to storm the castle.

Other than setting all that up, the episode was relatively slow-paced and didn’t offer up much in the way of anything exactly new. Most of “Consumed” focused on Carol’s past consuming her, refusing to move off of her horrible memories to become someone new. She appreciated the chance at the prison to reinvent herself, but she ended up becoming perceived as a murderer. She ended up becoming the exact thing she hated and can’t really escape that image. Daryl seems keen on convincing her otherwise, yet it remains to be seen whether or not his influence will positively affect her and convince her she can still be part of the group.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    One Comment

  1. MegNovember 18th, 2014 at 8:06 am

    I don’t think Daryl’s desire to keep Carol from killing Noah was spur of the moment. I think he didn’t want to kill a kid, and he didn’t want Carol to have to live with killing a kid (because he knows her better than she thinks). But I think the difference was that the second time Carol really almost died because of Noah…and that crossed a line with Daryl. Great Episode! Great Review! 🙂

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