Hollywood doesn't often allow a middle-aged woman to play the hero – especially during a zombie apocalypse. Usually they're whining about blisters and menopause in brutal worlds dreamed up in the horror fantasies of professional fanboys. Melissa McBride's Carol Peletier on The Walking Dead is the exception.
One of the most dynamic characters on TV, Carol transitioned from soft, grieving mom (who surely complained about blisters at some point) to a stealthy and lethal assassin of both human aggressors and hordes of undead. Season 6 episodes expose the character as a skilled actress who molds her performance to the moment and her audience. When the residents of Alexandria needed to be soothed, she became den mother, passing out cookies. When Saviors Paula, Molly, and Chelle kidnapped her and Maggie in "The Same Boat," she became pious and "pathetic."But as the Wolves and the Saviors discovered, Carol now takes no sh*t from anyone. And fans love that about her. She left a goodbye note in the episode "Twice as Far," but is she gone for good? Who can say. (If you're looking for answers, the Carol of the comic series has a vastly different life, so you won't find any there.) For the time being, let's review some of the top badass Carol moments from The Walking Dead and be sure to upvote those you think are most deserving.
She blows up Terminus to rescue Rick and the gang.
Though banished by Rick, Carol shows up at Terminus to save the day.
She disguises herself as one of the Wolves in Alexandria – to kill Wolves.
Quick-thinking Carol dons a disguise in order to roam freely among the attacking Wolves. And kill them all.
She shoots Terminus Mary in the candle room and leaves her to be Walker chow.
Confronting one of the Terminus leaders face-to-face and learning of the horrors of the former sanctuary that started luring people in to steal their stuff and eat them, Carol shoots Mary in the leg and opens the door so Walkers can eat her alive.
She kills off her abusive husband Ed, who had been bitten.
Midway through Season 1, The Walking Dead gods killed off Carol's woman-beater husband, which gave her some gruesome, but therapeutic Ed-the-Walker spiking action.