If you’ve ever wondered what a typical day in the life of our survivors looks like when they’re not fighting a great evil or defending their community against a horde of zombies, Sunday’s Walking Dead has your name written on it. If you’ve never wondered that … um, you probably didn’t love that episode where Carol was making soup, and Daryl fixed his bike.
Personally, I unearthed it as a bunch of life. But then I could probably watch Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride knitting gloves and be entertained. Whether you liked or hated “Diverged”, the details of what happened are listed below.
“Smells like Daryl” | When the lesson started, Daryl and Carol left Leah’s cabin with Dog after their big fight. Things stayed cool between them, but Daryl still offered Carol his pocket knife to open her stuck water bottle. When, as the title suggested, their paths diverged and Carol walked back and Daryl poked around for a while, Dog decided to follow her. “Fine,” Daryl grumbled. When she got home in Alexandria, Carol informed her four-legged companion that she was serious when she told Daryl that she didn’t need an apology. “I know he meant what he said, and an apology is just a truce. It doesn’t fix anything ”- unlike abdominal wounds, she added.
Although Carol was desperate to be useful, Jerry couldn’t think of anything to do. But when his stomach growled, it occurred to her that not only did she fix the tattered scarf that Dog had drawn her attention to, but also make soup. It doesn’t matter that the rats were in the grain and the solar panels got out of hand. “I’ll get it working,” she said. “You always do,” he replied. As soon as she got to work, Dog freaked out and chased a rat around the kitchen. She banished him to Daryl’s quarters and dropped MacGyver on a mousetrap because that’s what Carol does – she makes it work.
“Yesterday wasn’t my best day” | Carol searched for ingredients to replace the ones Dog knocked over and pulled out a few walkers with the same ease with which you or I could dust bunnies. Then she used Daryl’s knife to fix Alexandria’s solar panels. Why? Because there is nothing that Carol cannot do. Shortly afterwards she let Dog back in the kitchen and promised him scrap if he was a good boy. She also caught the rat … and instantly dropped it, resulting in a fun, if unlikely, scenario in which our fierce warrior chased the thing unhappily around like she was in a cartoon by Tom and Jerry. When the rat finally darted through a hole in the wall, she plugged it with the scarf … just as the restored energy went out. Sigh. “There’s more sun tomorrow,” she said to Dog, “right, buddy?”
That night, Carol Dog assured her that Daryl would be back. He always came back. “Not me, right?” Should she just scramble? She asked. Unfortunately, Dog did not offer a bark of wisdom. Later, Dog woke up when Carol freaked out. The rat was back in the kitchen. First, Carol cut a hole in the wall to see if she could see it. Then she stabbed the wall. Eventually she tore the wall to pieces. When she was exhausted, she sat down on the floor, dog lying sweetly next to her in the rubble. Jerry came by the next day and was quick to admit that he was checking on Carol. When she came back without Daryl, Jerry had assumed that she might need an Ezekiel who says, “A friend is someone who thinks you’re perfect even when everyone else thinks you’re broken.” What if your best friend realizes that one is broken later than everyone else? Ezekiel didn’t have a saying for it that Jerry knew about. What would he say himself? She asked. Almost in tears, Jerry just hugged her … as the rat scurried away like checking out of a hotel.
‘THAT CAN NOT BE TRUE’ | While all of this was going on, Daryl’s bike ran out. Fortunately, he soon found a few abandoned vehicles; These woods are lousy with them, aren’t they? While he was under one, searching for parts, a hiker moved inside and sent the precariously parked vehicle menacingly in Daryl’s direction. (You can see below.) Needless to say, he wasn’t bruised. When Daryl got back to his bike, he quickly realized it was damned. He couldn’t do the repair without the knife dangling it double. Carol hadn’t returned. So he was walking home on his bike when he came across some hikers in camouflage and the hardest way was to get some supplies out of their gear – including a new pocket knife.
When Daryl finally returned to Alexandria, Carol was just giving up mending the scarf. She had walls to repair now anyway. What happened to you? they each asked when they saw the disheveled state of the other. “You know,” said Carol, “the usual.” He didn’t want any of her soup, nor did he want his knife back. But as showrunner Angela Kang recently told us – and plans for her split suggest – their friendship was far from broken. So what do you think of “Diverged”? If nothing else, since it focused on established characters, you had to like it better than “Splinter” right?