The Walking Dead: Is Carl Responsible for Dale's Death?
MAY CONTAIN WALKING DEAD SPOILERS!!
Earlier in Season 2 of the Walking Dead, Carl is shot by a man named Otis. This was accident, however. Otis was trying to shoot a deer and he did not realize there was a child behind the deer. Carl ended up surviving the gun shot wound thanks to the help of Hershel from the farm nearby. Since Carl has fully recovered, he has become increasingly curious about the world around him. Understand, Carl is a young child and his childhood will be spent in a world where the dead walk the earth. This is not a place for a child to grow up in!
Walking Dead: Judge, Jury, Executioner (Season 2, episode 12)
In this episode, Carl finds a pistol in Daryl's bag by the motorcycle. He seems to be somewhat curious on whether or not he should take the pistol. Carl ultimately decides to take the gun and venture off into the woods.
As Carl is in the forest, he spots a walker across a stream of water. He first appears afraid, but then realizes that the walker's feet are trapped in the mud. Since the walker appears helpless, Carl then decides to throw a few rocks at it. I'm not entirely sure why Carl is throwing rocks at it. Perhaps he is just taunting the walker because it appears so helpless and can not harm him at that moment.
After throwing a few rocks at the seemingly helpless walker, Carl moves closer towards it. He takes the pistol out and aims it at the walker. The walker becomes very aggressive and tries to attack Carl. The walker finally manages to get one foot out of the mud and attacks Carl. This causes Carl to lose hold of the gun. Fearing for his life, Carl runs away.
Dale Stumbling upon a cow that is ripped open
Dale's Death by Walker, is Carl responsible?
Later on in the episode, Dale is walking outside of the farm at nighttime. This is around the time that Rick is about to execute Randall. But Rick fails to pull the trigger because his son Carl walks in on the execution. Anyway, Dale has a hunting rifle with him and hears a strange noise nearby. Dale investigates the noise and sees a cow with it's guts ripped out. As soon as he sees this, he turns around and a walker jumps on top of him. The walker is the same walker that Carl failed to kill whilst in the forest earlier! If Carl would have killed the zombie, this walker would have never got the jump on Dale!
Dale struggles with the walker, but is not strong enough to push him off. The walker fails to bite him, but ends up ripping Dale's guts out by using it's claws? In my opinion, it seems like the walker was too strong just to rip Dale's stomach apart in a few seconds. Also, you would think that Dale would have had the strength to push the walker away, even though he is older.
Is Carl responsible for the death of Dale in the Walking Dead?
Technically speaking, if Carl managed to kill the walker in the woods earlier, Dale would have not been attacked and killed. Carl could have shot the zombie instead of throwing rocks at it. While Carl did have the gun aimed at the zombie at one point earlier, he did not pull the trigger soon enough. Besides, if Carl was not messing around with the rocks, he could have shot the zombie when he first spotted it stuck in the mud from a safe distance.
Also, what if Carl did not survive the gunshot wound earlier in the Walking Dead Season 2? If Carl had died, he would have not been alive to venture off and alert the walker in the forest later on. In a way, Carl is responsible for Dale's death BECAUSE CARL LIVED! That is a cynical way to think about it, though.
For those of you who are reading this and have watched the show, do you think Carl is responsible for Carl's death? (Mainly, because he wondered off into the woods and failed to shoot the walker in the mud)
Of course, bear in mind, Carl is just a child. Children are often curious and do things that they do not intend. Even if Carl is "logically responsible" for Dale's death, it does not matter as Carl was simply afraid of the Walker and probably does not know how to handle a weapon like a grown adult would.
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