Over the past two seasons, no character has been as influential or important as Carol. Not Rick, not Daryl, not Gareth—no one.
During the opening season, Carol was the proverbial abused woman on television. Her husband beat her, and even once he died at the hands of the walkers, the death was met with a combination of shock and uncertainty.
Since then, Carol has become one of the most iconic characters on television today.
Carol has been forced to deal with the death of both her husband and her daughter. When it was discovered that Sophia had been turned into a walker, no one was effected more than she.
In the seasons since, Carol has become the woman who’s willing to do whatever it takes to survive. She’s killed the sick—including Tyreese’s girlfriend.
Previously built up to be a battered woman who was dependent on others, she proceeded to survive on her own after Rick banished her from the prison.
In one of the most unforgettable scenes in television history, it was Carol—not Tyreese—who told Lizzie to, “Just look at the flowers.”
When the group was trapped at Terminus and a main character was widely expected to die at the end of Gareth’s blade, it was Carol who saved them.
Carol and Carol alone.