The Walking Dead Awards: Maggie and Carol’s great escape

Season 6, Episode 13: Don’t let the name throw you—it’s not really a floor
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Photograph by Gene Page/AMC

(Spoilers ahead)

Each week, we comb through the guts of The Walking Dead, much like a horde of hungry walkers, to bring you the episode’s best moments, surprises, and other post-apocalyptic curiosities. This week: Carol feels the burn, we’re ready for Maggie (to stay out of danger), and the Saviors are gonna build a wall of walkers (and who’s going to pay for it? Rick!).

Season 6, Episode 13: “The Same Boat”

Alternate universes: Carol and Paula are cut from the same cloth. They’re both mothers who lost everything, fiercely strong, and unafraid to kill (each boasts a body count in the double digits). Paula is a vision of what Carol could have been without Morgan’s intervention.

Actual “bite-sized snack for the dead”: Walkers eating babies? Come on now, that’s too much! Besides, we all know the real bite-sized snacks are puppies.

Best new term for walkers: Growlers

Best actress? How much of Carol’s “little bird” character was just an act? She’s lighting people on fire, but she’s also 10 seconds away from a total breakdown.

You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry: “You wouldn’t want me to stick to my own principles,” Carol muttered under her breath after Paula scoffed at her request for a cigarette. We’re really starting to get a Bruce Banner/The Hulk vibe this season.

Biggest waste of food: If you boil a carrot, egg, and coffee beans to prove a point and then don’t eat them for lunch, you’re just wasting food. Plus, now those three pots need to be washed.

Worst sense of smell: Good thing none of those backup Saviors smelled the gasoline on the killing floor. Maybe everyone’s just continuously plugging their noses in this world because death is all around them.

Worst sense of hearing: And speaking of dulled senses, Carol’s impression of Paula wasn’t really accurate. The backup couldn’t tell? Come on, Negan, where are you finding these people?

Pyromania: This is now the second time that Carol has killed with fire. The first time, when she burned the flu victims in the prison, she showed no remorse at all. But now each kill weighs her down a little more.

Worst love triangle: So, um, who’s going to be the unlucky one to tell Daryl about Tobin and Carol?

Best line: “Sweetie, sweetie, we are all Negan.” —Molly

Best kill: Carol turned Paula into shawarma for walkers.

Most disturbing image: When Chelle took a swipe at Maggie’s stomach with a knife. We really, really want Baby Green-Rhee and Judith to be BFFs. Don’t kill our dream!

Episode MVP: Maggie, for having unwavering nerves of steel. Whenever Carol hesitated, Maggie mustered all of her ruthlessness and used it to save them both.

And once again, where exactly does Rick fall this week on the calm/crazy scale?

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Illustration by Matt Walljasper; photographs courtesy of AMC