“THE WALKING DEAD” SEASON FOUR has begun and so have the questions. How long has it been since the end of season three? Who are all of these new people? Are Rick and Michonne flirting? Has a plague emerged? And who is crazy Clara?
Watching Rick walk through the forest, talking to Clara, it wasn’t hard to see, or hear, that the lady was crazy. And before I go any further, let me say kudos to the great story telling and make-up job on Clara. All of the actors are dirty, but Clara truly looked like a “fresh” zombie. Even after you realize that she is in no way a zombie, I still kept second guessing myself. As Rick and Clara were walking through the woods, I at first thought the scenario to be boring, or just filler, but then towards the end of their scene together it clicked.
Rick is Clara. Clara is Rick.
In my mind, as I watched the scene again, I could see it clear. In this stroll through the woods we are watching the metamorphosis that took place in the six to seven months (Answer to question number one by the way.) between season’s three and four of Rick. Now at the end of season three we see Rick realizing that perhaps he’s losing his humanity and the trust of the group, but at the beginning of season four Rick has already transformed into the person he is. He’s level headed, trusting, but still cautious and seemed to have had that much needed talk with Carl. Of course, no one expects to see eight hours of character development broken up into eight episodes that would lead to the death of the show.
As Clara explains her and Eddie’s story to Rick and how remote the campsite is, I began putting the pieces together. Clara was what Rick was going to become, crazy and desperate. Like Clara losing Eddie, Rick had lost his wife and not to mention almost lost Carl to puberty. Clara was desperate to hold on to the thought of normality by feeding strangers to the torso of her dead boyfriend. After Clara killed her self, Rick asked the three questions. And as I watched Rick ask the questions and Clara answer them, I thought this could be a monologue spoken into the mirror by Rick. I felt that the character was asking himself these questions. And as Rick walked away from the campsite, we see the bag with Eddie’s head in it. To me this is Rick leaving behind Lori, or at least symbolically. In order for Rick to become a father and a leader, he had to cope with the loss of his wife and start believing that there is hope. Rick had to kill who he was so that he could become who he needed to be.
To me that was what I saw in Clara and why that character had to be in the first episode. I don’t know if everyone took all of that out of the walk through the woods to see Eddie, but go back and watch the scenes again with Clara again. See if you can see what I did in the two character’s conversations. Maybe I’m the crazy one.