Consumed, which followed Carol and Daryl as they followed the hospital’s cars to what they hoped was Beth’s location, seemed design to fill in some of the holes in the show’s previous episodes; it answered questions such as ‘How did Carol get taken in by the hospital?’ and ‘Did she mean to get taken in, or was it an accident?’ as well as ‘What was Carol up to after Rick kicked her out?’ Although the episode did answer some questions, it also left viewers with plenty of new questions that need answering.
Why were we shown Carol’s time during ‘exile’?
Flashbacks are usually included in the show for a specific reason, such as showing us a key event in the past—like Eugene being saved by Abraham and telling him that he had a special mission—or they are used to fill in important holes, such as depicting how Shane, Lori and Carl ended up fleeing the city. But the flashbacks in this episode seemed largely pointless, other than to give fans an idea of what Carol was doing right after Rick sent her packing. Hopefully, the writers will connect the dots on this one soon.
How did the people camping on the bridge die?
One of the most striking moments of the episode was Carol and Daryl coming across walkers in sleeping bags and tents on the covered bridge in Atlanta. While the image was creepy, it begs the question: just how did those people die? They must have been in their sleeping bags when they died, but there were no wounds from walkers or other people visible. The people in the tents are slightly easier to explain—if one person dies and becomes a walker, everyone is fair game, but what about the people safe outside the tents?
How on earth did Carol and Daryl survive that fall without injury?
One scene that has many fans raising their eyebrow is the scene where Carol and Daryl deliberately take a nosedive in a fan from a bridge. The car magically become bottom-heavy as it fell, and Carol and Daryl survived without a single noticeable injury. How did they manage to avoid getting injured in such a serious fall? Maybe the writers didn’t want to disable them at such a critical moment, but it was far fetched, even for a show like The Walking Dead.