It's no secret I've been salty about the amount of screen time Carol has gotten recently. Others around here have noticed. Others have certainly felt the same. I've described this feeling as one analogous to being the least-favored sibling in a household. You see the parents (Gimple/AMC) shower the favorite (Carol) with all sorts of presents and love (screen time) while the other kids (Glenn, Carl, Sasha, etc.) look on with doe eyes. Resentment, bitterness, pettiness -- all these feelings are only natural as fans who are defensive of those characters. A lot of what we feel isn't so much anger and ire at Carol herself for this (although disliking her current arc or her character in general could go hand-in-hand with this as well, I don't discount that); it's clearly the fault of Gimple for improperly balancing attention and affection. However, resentment and side-eye bleeding onto the object of that affection (Carol) is just a human emotion, as irrational as that can be. Just like the least-favored sibling, while you still may even love mom/dad's "golden child", you're going to feel some sort of way about being the one left out in the cold. The one who gets the lump of coal in their stocking. That will affect how you feel about the favored sibling -- even against will. However, let's look at it from this perspective: as Gimple's favorite, Carol has been saddled with a repetitive arc and constant misery. It's unpleasant to watch even from a Carol fan's perspective because she's been stuck in this horrible spin-cycle. That isn't something I want for any of these characters. Let alone Carol. It has been agonizing to watch her move from depressive cycle to the next without any relief. Without any happiness. Without any breakthrough. I do love Carol. I love her journey, I love her character, I love what she represents, what she means for this show, what she has imparted to this show. ... Yet still, I have let saltiness over the screen time (the favoritism) cloud my judgment in a lot of ways. Building up this bitterness and spite I carry against her, even when it's not her fault. When I think about it, I don't want this for anyone. Not for Carol, not for Glenn, not Rick, not Michonne, no one. Gimple is to blame for not only making the fandom lash out against Carol for something that isn't even her fault (screen time/attention), but also making his "favorite" character miserable enough that she felt compelled to leave her home. It's a no win scenario -- however you look at it. So, speaking for myself, I need to chill about the whole thing, because while I am admittedly bent about the fact Carl and Glenn keep getting shoved into a margin to hone the spotlight on "The Carol Show", I also acknowledge this isn't exactly benefiting Carol either. All it is doing is showing Gimple's weaknesses as a showrunner and dividing this fandom even further, and making me feel negativity about a character I do care about (even though it's hard for me to say that right now). What's happening to Carol is awful, and I want to focus on that more without also thinking about how my other favorite characters are getting slighted. Anyway, sorry for the ramble, but it felt necessary to say.