Am I the only one who, while watching AMC’s TV series The Walking Dead, finds himself screaming at the TV, “Get back in the freaking house, Carl!” Yes, I know it’s just a TV show and not real life. I’m not insane; well, not much. But the “parents” of this kid may well drive me nuts.
For the uninitiated, here’s a very tiny bit of background on the character Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) on The Walking Dead. The inevitable zombie apocalypse happens (don’t ask why), and Carl’s dad is left for dead in a hospital. His dad’s best friend beds his mom and tries to be a surrogate dad to Carl.
But wait there’s more: Carl’s “dead” dad turns up very much alive. Fast forward to the close of Season 2 a couple nights ago [SPOILER ALERT], Carls dad kills his best friend the surrogate dad, and moments later the boy Carl kills said surrogate dad when he turns into a zombie and tries to eat them.
Clearly if there is a therapist still alive in this post apocalyptic world, Carl is going to need to book a daily standing appointment for the next 20 years or so. But all of that isn’t even what most bothers me while watching the show, as if it wasn’t enough of a parenting fail. Here’s what REALLY bugs me:
The mom, dad and surrogate-dad Shane (pre-zombification) just let this boy wander around on his own in a forest full of zombies. On top of that, at different times both “dads” tell him it’s okay to keep the gun he stole from one of the other survivors. I guess under the circumstances, maybe that’s smart?
Now I understand that too many modern parents fall into the so called “helicopter” style of parenting and don’t let their kids learn by allowing them to make their own mistakes. BUT these parents all but tie a pork-chop around this kid’s neck and send him out to play with the zombies!