The Walking Dead Spoilers: Melissa McBride Discusses ‘Judgment’ Theme Of This Season

In last night’s episode of The Walking Dead, Carol was initially prepared to shoot Noah, only to save him later in the episode.

In an interview with EW, Melissa McBride discussed her change of heart and how it served as an example of the theme of judgment that has been a central focus this season.

“There is this undercurrent of a theme of judgment with what I said about taking a passive or very proactive stance,” McBride said. “Either way, you’re gonna judge yourself or someone’s going to judge you for it. But what are the consequences? Does that matter at this point? And this is what she is struggling with. And she says at one point, “I don’t know if I’m going to hell, but I’m going to put it off for as long as I can.” And I am putting it off for as long as I can. She wants to help these people survive and she has ideas of how this is done. She can’t stand around. And if she’s projecting judgment on herself, she can struggle with that personally, but how am I going to fit in this group? I can’t just stand around. I know what I’ve done. I know what I’m capable of. I know that I would do anything to save these people. But Daryl’s looking at her sideways kind of, or she thinks he is. Tyreese doesn’t want some of the things that happened mentioned. So she’s feeling kind of like there’s a straphold…is that a word?”