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Unread 2012-06-20, 13:42   #64
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Jun 24 2003
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Age 50
On the trails

We had a debate about the young boy, Carl. And everyone wants to know why Carl's not in the house. Well, it's boring to sit in a house. And he's a little boy and he wants to mix it up and stuff. And he's walking through the woods and finds a zombie trapped in the mud and he starts doing what any Huck Finn would do and starts throwing rocks at the monster.

I think this illustrates why we hate Carl. Mazzara doesn't get it. We get that it's boring to stay in the house, we get that he's a kid who wants to be involved. The problem is YOU DON'T WRITE IT THAT WAY. You magically transport Carl into dangerous situations with no realistic repercussions because it's easy. There aren't any shots of Carl getting exasperated and sneaking out. You don't have any lines where someone says "where's Carl" and the other person says "he's in his room" when he's really not. Carl is simply out of sight/out of mind until it's convenient to put him in danger for some tension, and then he's OK and no one really freaks out about him wandering off in what is the most dangerous situation these people have ever faced. Hell, it's the most dangerous thing the world they've written has ever faced. The zombies have decimated whole countries and Carl gets to go play Huck Finn, aw shucks. That's why people hate Carl: because the way he's written makes little sense. Getting Dale killed is just a cherry on top. There's no growth. He doesn't learn. He just keeps leaving the house.
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