Sunday night’s 90 minute Walking Dead season finale, episode 516, was sprawling and action packed, with danger on every front and beloved characters on the brink of death.
But the decisive scene, buried in the middle of “Conquer,” was all talk and no action.
And it ripped a page right out of the Breaking Bad playbook, to marvelous effect.
The moment I’m talking about is the one where Carol comes to visit Pete. Taken on its own the scene is totally satisfying. Pete is a lumbering brute, but he’s also a coward who hits women and children. Carol, had once been a victim of a guy like that, and even though he’s twice her size, she calls him out.
She tells him calmly how she could gut him in cold blood, and get away with it.
“I could kill you right now. I could. I will. And then who would believe I did it because I didn’t like you? No one. They’d believe you tried to hurt me,” she says with a smirk. “They’d definitely believe that.”
But then she sheathes her blade, symbolically at least, and morphs from bad cop to good cop.
“The way this is played out, you have a chance. You’re here. Your wife’s there. You’re a small, weak nothing. Play your cards right and maybe you don’t have to die,” she says, laying out a road map. “And I want my dish back clean when you’re done.