'Walking Dead' Season 6 First Look: Carol Is Ready to Kill (Exclusive Photo)

Melissa McBride notes that Carol's "adaptability" is one of her key weapons on the AMC zombie drama.
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When AMC's The Walking Dead returns for season six, Carol will be ready to kick ass and take names — again.

In a new photo from the upcoming season of the zombie drama exclusive to The Hollywood Reporter, Melissa McBride's Carol is polishing up her knives — but her arsenal of blades won't be her only weapon going forward.

"She's adaptable — and one of her weapons is adaptability," McBride tells THR.

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The character has emerged over the past few seasons to become one of the key players (and fighters) in Rick (Andrew Lincoln)'s army of survivors. In season five, Carol instilled fear into children — and fans of the Robert Kirkman series — alike when she effectively threatened one of the kids in Alexandria with a plate of cookies.

"I think they’re both equal sides of the same coin, and I think they’re both as dangerous and both as necessary," McBride says of Carol's seemingly dual personality. "Each one is necessary so far, but they’re both who she is. And each one is aware of the other. It’s beautiful and complicated, but so simple. This is a tool. This is one of her weapons. It’s the mask."

Carol will continue to serve as the ears on the ground in Alexandria for Rick, as most of the residents in the community aren't aware of her true colors.

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"[Carol] is multitasking. She’s got to carry that cover a little bit and she’s still trying to find out where the vulnerabilities are. I think she’s kind of the eyeballs for Rick," McBride says.

Here's the season six logline from AMC: "Season six starts with Alexandria's safety shattered by multiple threats. To make it, the people of Alexandria will need to catch up with our survivors’ hardness while many of Rick’s people will need to take a step back from the violence and pragmatism they've needed to embrace. These reversals won't happen easily, or without conflict. But now Rick’s group is fighting for something more than survival. They're fighting for their home, and they will defend that at any cost, against any threat, even if that threat comes from within."

One of the things to keep an eye on in season six will be the relationship between Carol and Morgan (new series regular Lennie James) — two very important people in Rick's life. 

"It’s going to be really interesting to see, because they haven’t really interacted yet," McBride says. "I don’t know what he’s going to do with these people. He’s like, 'Life is precious.' [But] hold up. Well, of course it is, but a life that’s getting ready to kill you? Your life is more precious than that one."

To hear Lincoln tell it, Carol is "the puppeteer; she's definitely the general [in Rick's army]."

The Walking Dead returns Oct. 11 at 9 p.m. on AMC.

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