The Walking Dead has had a number of episodes that were either not so good, or poorly received. “Diverged” is one of those episodes. It pains me to write this because I do like the Carol character much better than her comic counterpart, but “Diverged” is The Walking Dead’s “Fly” episode.
Sure, exploring Carol’s mindset and Daryl in the woods again after they had their blowout argument on “Find Me” is one thing, but how many times are we going to see this happen on the future spinoff? It will be very tiresome to the casual viewer if this repeats over and over again! However, Melissa McBride is a great actress and there are a few scenes that I liked from the episode. Especially the scene when Carol faked laughed while she was walking away from Jerry, and her interactions with Dog.
The fact that it was scripted for Carol to chase a mouse for most of the episode set an all time high of boredom for me. What was the point of this subplot? I would have been fine if Carol was killing walkers all episode long over this. It added nothing to progress Carol at all other than having something to do at Alexandria.
Meanwhile, I like the setup of the pit that Daryl fell in to kill that walker. But there was nothing else of not for Daryl during the time when he was by himself. Even though Jerry had some funny lines when he was speaking with Carol, it did not help enhance “Diverged” at all.
You can give the script of this episode to Rick Grimes and Michonne and it would still be a a giant turn of garbage. But there is one theme that this episode does shed a positive light on. And that is, how it affects individuals after a huge argument between friends, companions, and people who are in a relationship. It puts an emotional strain on you and you’re surrounding circle. In conclusion, Carol and Daryl are better as a unit than not being together. They both need each other during the apocalypse.