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Carl’s Near Rape Experience Will Be Carried Over Into Season 5

Carl Grimes near rape in The Walking Dead

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Season 4 finale was a portion of the story taken directly from Robert Kirkman’s comic books (although the circumstances were slightly different) but by the time we reached the end of Episode 16: “A” we had nearly forgotten about Carl’s harrowing experience.

It’s not that Carl’s almost sexual assault was unimportant (far from it, actually) but when the hour ends with a bittersweet reunion between 85 percent of Team Prison now locked in a Terminus train car with no means of escape, earlier happenings tend to get overshadowed a bit. Sorry Carl.

Still, Robert promises us that Carl’s assault won’t be forgotten going into Season 5, nor will the affect it (and killing Joe with his own teeth) had on his dad, Rick Grimes. Robert explains to The Hollywood Reporter, “Rick is resigned to the fact that this is what he’s going to have to do to survive. I don’t think he’s particularly shamed or happy about what he’s doing; he’s accepting his fate. You have to do what you have to do, and that’s something he’ll be dealing with quite a bit. [Seeing Carl almost raped and the experience with The Claimers] will not be glossed over. This is not a show that introduces things like that into a character’s past and then doesn’t deal with them. It will be very much at the forefront when it comes to Rick, Carl, and even Daryl’s character as we move forward.”

Carl being held hostage

We kind of figured Carl’s near rape would shape Rick and Carl going forward (as RK mentioned, TWD never introduces something only to forget about it later) but it will be interesting to how Daryl Dixon reacts to how The Claimers treated Carl, especially since he had been traveling with them before that brutal encounter. He already explained to Rick that he wasn’t really aware of who they were when they picked him up, and Rick totally understood, even calling Daryl his “brother.”

So will Daryl be hyper-vigilant moving forward? Will he go out of his way to protect Carl at all costs? We’ll have to wait until October 2014 to see how Daryl internalizes the time he spent with The Claimers, but showrunner Scott Gimple gave THR a little preview of where Rick’s head is now, and it’s pretty clear that he’s not losing any sleep because of what he did to Joe.

“I don’t see Rick as shaking. The stuff he told Daryl represented him as angst-free about it,” Scott reasons. “Not that he was glib or casual or anything like that, but it isn’t the wringing of the hands we may have seen in the past. He isn’t necessarily cold; he’s accepting these are the things he is going to have to do, and he can’t feel bad about it anymore; he can’t torture himself about it anymore. It’s, ‘This is who I am, and I’m going to accept it. I’m not going to celebrate it or congratulate myself about it, but I’m not going to let it destroy me.’

Do you think Rick is in the right mindset now? Are you eager to see how all of this will affect Daryl? Tell us your thoughts below!

The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October 2014 on AMC.

Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

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