Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) may have finally found love on “The Walking Dead.”
In a surprising scene in Sunday night’s episode of the popular AMC zombie apocalypse series, Carol connected with a fellow survivor and even shared a kiss with him. Unfortunately, the “him” wasn’t the man many fans have assumed Carol would end up with. Instead of fellow tough-as-nails survivor Daryl (Norman Reedus), Carol may have begun her first romantic relationship on the show with fellow Alexandrian Tobin (Jason Douglas).
Entertainment Weekly recently sat down with McBride to talk about the out-of-the-blue romance and what attracted hardened fighter Carol to the easygoing and mild-mannered Tobin.
According to the actress, since Sunday’s episode jumped two weeks from the episode before it, Carol and Tobin may have gotten to know each other a bit better in the time gap. Also, “Tobin’s very sweet,” McBride said. “He’s a sweet fellow and I think was there for Carol…”
In the episode titled “Not Tomorrow Yet,” Carol was seen struggling with the realities of her current existence and trying to deal with the guilt of having to kill so that she and the others can survive. The episode began with Carol baking and delivering cookies before Rick (Andrew Lincoln) interrupted the peace and ease of her homemaking activity. It was also revealed that Carol was keeping a list of all the humans she has killed – a way, as McBride said, of trying to make herself accountable for the deaths.
“I think it’s an effort for Carol to sort of normalize everything in her life,” “TWD” episode director Greg Nicotero said in a separate EW interview. “She’s suffering from post-traumatic stress. I think by delivering the cookies and by the romance with Tobin she’s doing what she can do to try to normalize her existence.”
According to McBride, the attraction to Tobin in that scene also stemmed from his reminding her that she does what she does to keep her family safe. “It’s a mother’s instinct to fight, to save the family, and I think there was just a little moment of understanding and making her feel better and comfort, and that’s where that led to,” the actress explained.
“The Walking Dead” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.