Anonymous said: Hi there! Okay. I'm feeling stupid here... Can you help explain what it means that Carol is "channelling Ripley"?? Sorry to bother you, thank you!
Hi Friendly Anon,
Thank you for your message! Don’t worry your pretty little head - there are no such thing as stupid questions as long as they are polite and messaging me is as far away from a “bother” as it can possibly get.
My ask box is open for a reason!
To answer your question though I did a little bit of digging so hopefully this will be helpful;
Ellen Louise Ripley is a fictional character and the main protagonist of the Alien film series played by American actress Sigourney Weaver. The character is often considered as one of the best female protagonists of all time: it was heralded for challenging gender roles, particularly in the science fiction, action and horror genres, gave world recognition to Weaver and remains her most famous role to date.(x)
"Carol is channeling Ripley" (X)
By saying that “Carol is channeling Ripley” the author of that article is essentially identifying Carol as one of the biggest female “bad-ass” characters in cinematic history. There is a definite similarity between these two tough women especially because both Carol and Ripley were not just active fighters but also had strong protective, nurturing and in turn mothering instincts that led them to go to extremes in order to protect the ones they cared about - specifically children!
Ripley and Carol are both women whose stories focused on their personal transformation of empowerment and growth without the need to have a central alpha male to carry their arc AND more importantly the “children” they were responsible for didn’t stunt or pigeon hole their roles into once again being just the “mothers” nor did they automatically shift them completely into sacrificial mode as the only possible outcome at the end.
As we all know Carols personal growth and dramatic change entertained since the beginning of the series has become one of the most fascinating and inspiring themes of TWD AND while those of us who loved her character all along already knew the potential of her inner strength, seeing just how far she’s come is still something we get more than a little excited about.
Hearing the praise Carol and in turn Melissa McBride has been getting before the Season has even started is something worth celebrating for sure BUT having her compared to such a tough cookie like the Alien Slayer Ellen Ripley herself while not all that surprising is still worth flailing of pretty epic proportions!
Carol Peletier who admitted being afraid of her scummy husband Eds shadow will be charging into the confusingly evil Terminus abode to help save her family…and CLAIM her POOKIE!!!
Melissa McBride did say that Carol will be doing some “BADASSY” things BUT this has essentially surpassed all my expectations and is most likely going to BLOW my mind in what 12 days….
How Excited Are We!!!
I always have said she has totally had a Ripley transformation!! Also her arc reminds me a lot of Linda Hamilton in Terminator 1/2. She starts out as this mousy, afraid thing and you see her transformed into this just Alpha female, with zero need for a male to come save the day. I remember in the beginning of Season 3 the shot of Carol in the guard tower with the AK. She just looks fierce and it’s continued to get better and better. Very few woman have had the privilege to be put right up there with the men, and I love that Carol is one of them!!