Rewatching earlier seasons it strikes me how much more "Carrie-ish" Carrie used to be. Her lines and actions were very individual and unique and not reusable for a different character and now seem rather generic/ sort of pale. I really miss rogue and daring and crazy and wild Carrie. It was way more fun when she was not the responsible one. Be it manic or drone queen - I love her stretching the boundaries and driving the action and getting kind of rewarded by "being right".
I also miss rogue and daring and wild Carrie. I’ve said this again and again but making her mother has turned out to be a poor storytelling decision. Because we want what Carrie being a mother brings to her character but not what it brings to the plot. In season four we could have the former without the latter–we could maybe almost do that in season five–but in season six they finally had to really reckon with what it meant for a small child to be integrated into this story.
And unfortunately what they came up with is “Quinn becomes paranoid and holds Franny and her nanny hostage and then Franny is taken by child services.” NO. No no no no no. It’s just bad.
Having a child has in many ways paralyzed Carrie. She can’t make decisions with the same sort of reckless abandon that she could. In ways I love that–she’s grown, clearly–but it also handicaps the storytelling. It’s not as spontaneous. And when it is, when she does make those kinds of decisions, we find ourselves questioning her capacity as a mother.
So I maintain now and until they prove me wrong (hey! I was proven wrong after season three) that it was a shortsighted decision that’s having far-reaching, destructive consequences for the character.