The Walking Dead is a milestone amongst comic book TV shows, cable TV shows, and TV shows in general, continuing to pull in huge ratings despite several creative shakeups behind-the-scenes, and a fanbase that seems to have as much fun picking apart the show and characters as they do actually watching them.
As this latest season 5 teaser reminds us, however, Rick and the gang aren’t the only ones in a bad place right now. After one of the most disturbing and controversial episodes in the show’s run, odd pair Carol (Melissa McBride) and Tyreese (Chad L. Coleman) are still out in the wilderness trying to avoid roving bands of zombies, all while caring for Rick’s young daughter Judith (as we see above) and shouldering the weight of the terrible events they’ve recently endured.
Babysitting has been an especially precarious job in both The Walking Dead comic books and TV show. The only thing more disturbing than imagining the “What If’s?” of childcare gone wrong in a zompocalypse world is the reaction you see from an increasing amount of viewers who are vocal about the belief that ditching a baby is the only logical way to survive (all heart, those types).
Poor Carol and Tyreese; even if they do make it out of the woods, in Terminus they’ll find that they cared for that baby only to deliver it into the clutches of humans who (judging by the stack of bones we saw during the Season 4 finale) may make a meal out of her, same as the zombies. Talk about irony.
The Walking Dead season 5 premieres this fall on AMC.