I didn't know how else to phrase this, but a few of us were having a discussion elsewhere (spawned by the Carol arc discussion) and began to wonder: Why is it Carol treats certain members of the group differently than others? For instance, in "Not Tomorrow Yet", we see plainly that Carol doesn't want Maggie to be a killer (like herself). Carol: They're in trouble. Stay here. Maggie: I'm going with you. Carol: I said stay here. Maggie: No. Carol: Damn it, Maggie. Maggie: I have to. Carol: No, you don't. You don't have to. Maggie: Yes, I do. Carol: What the hell are you doing here? Maggie: What am I supposed to do? Carol: You're supposed to be someone else. -- Not Tomorrow Yet She doesn't want that for Daryl either -- we saw that in 5x06 when Carol convinced Daryl to save Noah. Noah: Please! Please, please! Carol: Daryl. Daryl. Stop. Daryl: You almost died 'cause of him! Carol: But I didn't. Daryl: Nah, let him be. -- Consumed She didn't want to see Daryl become "that guy" who leaves people behind (according to Denise Huth in the "Inside 5x06" video "I don't think Carol chooses that moment to save Noah for her. She wants to save Daryl.") Carol seemingly admires in Daryl his innate goodness. She even begrudged Rick in season two for turning Daryl into "his henchman". Carol: Why do you need him? He's just gonna pull you down. Daryl: No. Rick's done all right by me. Carol: You're his henchman and I'm a burden. You deserve better. Daryl: What do you want? Carol: A man of honor. Daryl: Rick has honor. -- Beside the Dying Fire She also told Daryl that, unlike her, she can't let herself feel it. Carol: We're not dead. That's what you said. You're not dead. I know you. We're different. I can't let myself - But you... I know you. You have to let yourself feel it. [gives Daryl a kiss to his forehead] You will. -- Them However, this runs contrary to how Carol treats Rick and Morgan -- and treated Andrea in season three. In "Indifference", Carol gets upset with Rick because he's not the one making the hard decisions. He's playing farmer. It pisses her off. She wants him to get his hands dirty. Carol: That's what it always comes down to. You can be a farmer, Rick. You can't just be a farmer. You're a good leader. Better than I probably gave you credit for. Rick: I never murdered two of our own. Carol: Just one. Rick: He was gonna kill me. Carol: So were they. They were gonna kill all of us. Rick: You don't know that. Carol: If you thought it would save Judith or Carl, would you have done it then or would you have just gone back to your crops and hoped it'd all be okay? You don't have to like what I did, Rick. I don't. You just accept it. -- Indifference She's essentially telling him he has to kill to save people. In "I Ain't a Judas", Carol tells Andrea she needs to kill the Governor while he is sleeping. Based on her interactions with Daryl and Maggie in 5x06 and 6x13, I couldn't imagine this. Andrea: And Shane? Carol: Rick killed him. The night we left the farm. That whole Randall thing was a lie. Shane tried to kill Rick. Andrea: Shane loved Rick. Carol: Shane loved Lori. Andrea: Rick's become cold. Unsteady. Carol: He has his reasons. The Governor, you need to do something. Andrea: I am. Carol: No, you need to sleep with him. Give him the greatest night of his life. You get him to drop his guard. Then when he's sleeping, you can end this. -- I Ain't a Judas In "Heads Up", we see Carol condemning Morgan's philosophy: Morgan: I didn't want to kill five people I didn't have to kill. Carol: They burned people alive. -- Heads Up It's very contradictory. It's possible it's just that Carol has assigned roles to members of the group, and when they start to shift from her perceived take on who they should be, she doesn't like it. So there's "killers" and "innocents". Carol has relegated herself, Rick, Morgan, and Andrea to being killers (most likely Michonne as well since she was at the meeting in "Heads Up" to talk to Morgan), but people like Daryl and Maggie should be protected from the bloodshed (they're innocents). Is this hypocritical? To get upset when people don't conform to her philosophy? Or is she just doing this to look out for the group's best interest?