AMC-The Walking Dead Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier

The Walking Dead: AMC’s Q&A With Melissa McBride

After this week’s revelatory episode, AMC recently spoke with The Walking Dead actress Melissa McBride.

Caution: If you haven’t seen this week’s episode of The Walking Dead, watch it, then read the interview. (Spoilers ahead.)

Melissa’s character, Carol Peletier, has been thought to be dead by the rest of the group for several episodes. This week we found out that Carol did in fact survive the zombie attack on the prison and has been trapped and starving inside of a cell.

Melissa caught up with AMC’s blog staff to discuss how she prepared for Season Three. She also talked about her feelings for Norman Reedus, who plays Carol’s rescuer and potential love interest Daryl on the show.

On preparing for a new and improved Carol in Season Three:

“There wasn’t really practice, it was just getting acquainted with the gun, getting used to if there was any kind of kickback or anything. The difficult thing is if you’re putting down the walker with any kind of instrument in your hands — like the crowbar, or a machete — it has to be so precise, you don’t want to actually hurt anybody. The actors who play the walkers often can’t see much, but we practice those moves lots of times before we do it. Last season I smacked one of the zombies’ hands with a plank of wood, and I was petrified. But she was OK!”

Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier The Walking Dead