Episode 14 was a doozy for “Walking Dead” fans. Viewers said a gruesome goodbye to Aiden (Daniel Bonjour), son of Noah (Tyler James Williams) and Deanna (Tovah Feldshuh). It was an emotional and bloody departure for both characters, but their deaths weren’t the biggest jaw-droppers of the evening. Carol (Melissa McBride) discovered that Pete (Corey Brill) was beating his family … and told Rick (Andrew Lincoln) that he had to kill him.
While abuse is a serious issue, death as punishment seems pretty drastic – especially since Carol had no proof that Pete was hitting his family. A domestic violence survivor herself, Carol merely speculated that the Alexandria doctor was hitting his wife, Jessie (Alexandra Breckenridge), and possibly their sons. She didn’t catch Pete in the act, but she was pretty certain after talking to his young son, Sam (Major Dodson). Not surprisingly, this story line is included in Robert Kirkman’s “Walking Dead” graphic novels.
In the comics, Rick becomes suspicious of Pete. He questions Jessie, who admits that he sometimes gets violent with her, but never with their son. Rick goes to the leader of Alexandria, Douglas Monroe, who tells him to drop the subject because Pete is the safe zone’s doctor. That’s not a good enough answer for Rick, who demands that Pete either be exiled from Alexandria … or die.
When Douglas doesn’t follow through, Rick takes matters into his own hands. He confronts Pete at his home and punches him in his face. The two men fight, and Rick threatens to kill Pete is he ever lays a hand on his family again. Jessie ends up leaving Pete, and kicks him out of their home. Pete goes a little crazy and decides that he’s going to kill Rick. He confronts Rick in front of a large group of people, and kills Douglas’ wife, Regina, when she tries to calm him down. Douglas then gives Rick the OK to kill Pete. Rick pulls the trigger, but his gunshot lures a herd of walkers to Alexandria.
Viewers of the AMC TV show have definitely not gotten that far yet. Although Rick is definitely suspicious of Pete, he has no evidence that he has been hurting Jessie or his two kids. It’s unclear if “The Walking Dead’s” plot line will follow the comics, but there are already some big differences. For starters, the leader of Alexandria is Deanna Monroe, not Douglas Monroe. Does that mean her husband will be attacked by Pete? Carol also seems to be playing a big part in the story, while in the comics she dies before reaching the safe zone. Tweet your theories on Pete vs. Rick to @AmandaTVScoop.