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- "You're a convicted killer. (...) And I think people should know. Not because they deserve to and not because you're a bad man. I think the opposite of those two things. People need to know because we're hanging by a thread here and I can't see Lilly talk about you without thinking it's the next thing she's gonna say. You don't have to tell everyone, but think about who you trust and take the opportunity while you have it. (...) People might be pissed. And telling them might cause some trouble, but it will be a far cry from what'll happen if they don't hear it from you. (...) So you'll do it, then?"
- —Carley to Lee about his past. (Determinant)[src]
Carley is a main character who appears in Telltale Games' The Walking Dead: Season One. Carley is a quick-thinking regional news reporter from Atlanta. She's a skilled shooter and serves as one of the main defenders of the group.
Compared to Doug, whose personality within the group is more neutral and passive, Carley plays a more active role in group discussion and isn't afraid to speak her mind. Between them, Carley's storyline offers players more drama during group discussions and a romantic interest for Lee, although saving Doug would provide players with an equally interesting plot to enjoy.
Carley is first introduced as a no-nonsense reporter, who, along with Glenn, chooses to save Lee, Clementine, Kenny, Katjaa, and Duck upon their arrival in Macon. Having spent her time in war-zones as a correspondent, she presumably acquired basic knowledge of firearms and survival tactics that allows her to hold out during the outbreak. Her excellent marksmanship is often remarked by Lee and Kenny as a "dead eye" precision.
Like the rest of the group, she cares about the members' welfare. Unlike Lilly or Larry, who she claims have no "humanity", Carley tends to save every survivor she could that her group comes across. In fact, she was one of the earlier members in the group to know about Lee's past and goes out to warn him about it, stating that his past better not be detrimental to the group.
She is, however, a respectful and thoughtful individual as well. When Lee chooses to admit his past to her, she reassures him that she'll keep it to herself, although later on she urges Lee to reveal his past to the group. During Lee's showdown with Andrew in the farm, punching Andrew long enough will trigger Carley's appearance to stop him from inflicting any further injuries, saying that he'd had "enough".
Regardless of who Lee saves in "A New Day", both Carley and Doug will display immense loyalty to Lee for the remainder of the game, and later on towards Ben Paul. Both will express interest in having Lee as the group's leader, although interacting with Carley will trigger the topic about his past. Her strong relationship with Ben would later lead her to defend her fellow friend when he is accused of being the traitor in the group by Lilly.
Due to her active participation, Carley is blunt about her opinions and isn't afraid of defending her comrades if threatened. This is shown when she reprimands Lilly's paranoid accusations towards Ben and says they are a cover for her fear. However, it is due to this very trait which unfortunately earned her own untimely demise under the hands of Lilly (who was close to an emotional breaking point). Ironically, the very person whom she defended (Ben) was the cause of her death after it is revealed that he actually was the traitor.
Before her untimely death, Carley's relationship with Lee developed to the point where she showed romantic interest in him. Depending on the choices, Lee can choose to reciprocate her feelings as she gives Lee a kiss on the cheek. The relationship would have been certainly explored if it weren't for her death.
Carley's death continued to affect Lee, Clementine, Ben and, to a minimal extent, the rest of the group.
Little is known about Carley's life prior to or as the outbreak began, except that she was raised Lutheran. Before the outbreak, Carley was a regional news reporter for WABE in Atlanta, Georgia and worked with fellow co-worker, Steve. Having spent time as a correspondent in various war-zones, she is experienced in surviving under extreme circumstances and is also proficient in the use of firearms. It is unknown if Carley had been sympathetic to Lee's sentencing before the outbreak. Right before the outbreak, Carley and her production crew drove to Macon to cover the Cherry Blossom Festival.
While at the festival the crew was attacked by walkers and she was forced to watch as her producer was eaten alive just a few feet away from her. She was suddenly saved by Doug and joins him. They both later meet up with Glenn, Lilly, and her father, Larry.
Carley is first seen when she saved Duck from nearly being bitten by a walker. Carley and Glenn brought Lee and the rest of the group into the drugstore to hide as more walkers approached them. The pair were blamed for saving the group, to which Carley defended their actions by saying that they can't let people die off. However, Lilly felt that the pharmacy group needed to be protected by not taking any extra risks. Things get worse as Larry joins in the argument, which causes a commotion between Kenny, Lee, and himself. Unbeknownst to the group, a walker that was hidden inside the bathroom of the drugstore nearly killed Clementine and Lee (Determinant) if it weren't for the timely intervention of Carley's gun. Unfortunately, her gunshot alerted the rest of the walkers outside the drugstore. This forced the group to hide and remain silent until the walkers' attention subsided thanks to heavy gunfire outside.
Just as things were starting to calm down, Larry is struck by his heart disease and Lee is tasked with finding the keys to the drugstore in order to obtain his medications. Glenn eventually leaves the drugstore to search for gasoline. Lee is then given a chance to interact with the remaining survivors. It is revealed that Carley is actually a reporter working for the WABE in Atlanta. She is complemented by Lee on her dead-eye accuracy, to which she replies nobody messes with a reporter who's three days from coffee. When Lee picks up his family photo from the office, Carley reveals to Lee that she knows of his past, to which he can choose to trust her to keep it a secret or not, but she will regardless. Additionally, she revealed that Doug saved her and expressed interest in him. Later on, she tags along with Lee when Glenn gets trapped in the motor inn and calls back for help. After overcoming the obstacles at the inn, the group is introduced to Irene, a survivor who had been hiding out in the motel after being bitten by her boyfriend. However, the moment is short-lived when she decided to take her own life using Carley's gun, causing the group to escape back to the drugstore before more walkers approached them.
Having found the keys to the drugstore, Lee and Lilly break in to get the medications that they need, unintentionally setting off the alarm and alerting the entire group of walkers within the area. While Kenny rounds up the rest for the survivors to escape; Lee, Doug, Clementine and Carley were left to hold the walkers back. She takes on a broken window with her gun while Doug takes another, leaving Lee to hold the door on his own. At this point, Carley runs out of ammo and is mauled by a pair of walkers while Doug is grabbed by a pair of walkers and left defenseless which forces Lee to choose either one of them, choosing Carley would result in Doug's death.
Lee will have to choose to save either Carley or Doug from the walkers when they are attacked at the pharmacy.
Save Carley (Alive): If Lee chooses to save Carley, Lee gives her ammo and she kills the walkers, but, they fail to save Doug. At the motor inn, she thanks Lee for saving her and does not blame him for not being able to rescue Doug, although she is clearly disappointed and wished that the both of them could have made it. With Glenn gone and Doug dead, the rest of the group are left to fend for their own. Just as things were starting to seem better, the power at the inn shuts off.
Save Doug (Dead): If Lee chooses to save Doug, Carley runs out of ammunition and is killed by a group of walkers. Later at a motel, Doug expresses regret that Carley is dead and says that he wished Lee would have saved her instead but doesn't blame Lee for what happened to her. He also admits that this is just survivor's guilt.
Carley will only appear in this episode if she is saved in "A New Day". Three months down the road, she is one of the survivors from Macon that holds out in the motor inn. It is revealed that along with the rest of the survivors, she had been placed under intensive firearm training by Lilly and served as one of the team's watchmen (where she had performed most of the work). If Lee gives one of the food rations to her, it will strengthen their relationship between the two. Relying on her trusty Glock, she rescued Lee and Katjaa from the reanimated David Parker/Travis by shooting him in the head. When Andrew and Danny St. John approach the group for gasoline with food in return, she voluntarily tags along with Lee to the dairy to provide cover.
On the walk to the dairy, she is horrified by the fatal confrontation between two unnamed bandits in the woods.
Depending on Lee's action and response to her in "A New Day", Lee's relationship with her will be portrayed on the trip to St. John's dairy farm. In the conversation, Carley expresses her interest in having Lee as the leader in the group, stating that the group looks up to him. She also questioned him about his past and displayed her loyalty towards him by placing her faith and support in him. When Brenda provides the group with food, she goes back with Ben to round up the rest, taking Mark's rifle along; leaving Lee and Mark alone with the brothers. Having eaten some of Brenda's pastries on the way back, she and Ben stayed back to watch the inn while the rest of the group proceeded towards the dairy.
The St. Johns are later discovered to be cannibals and lock most of the group away in the barn while Katjaa and Duck are held hostage. After sensing something gone wrong, Carley and Ben decided to head back to the dairy to check on the group and arrived just in time to help the team rescue Kenny's family. During the ensuing fight between Lee and Andy, Carley attempted to shoot Andy in the head but missed and hit him in the ear instead. She later leaves the dairy with the group and discovered a huge amount of rations in an abandoned car, to which the group later grabs. Having found some batteries for Lee's camcorder and Clementine's walkie-talkie, she plays Lee's new camcorder. The pair watches in horror as a spying video on Clementine and Lilly of Jolene's is played.
Alternatively, if Carley does not appear in this episode at all and died in the previous episode, then Doug can reference her death making him feel guilty even three months later.
Carley continues to appear in this episode if she is saved back in "A New Day". Carley defends Lee and Kenny when Lilly goes on an angry rant. When Lilly mentions about some of their group not being above murder, Carley glares at Lee after Kenny reveals what Lee did to the screaming woman in Macon, as she is still the only person in the group who knows about Lee's past (except for Larry, Lilly and Clementine, who knew a small part if Lee told her in "A New Day"). Shortly after, she tries to convince Lee to speak to Lilly in order to calm her down about the traitor situation. Carley also suggests that Lee should reveal his past to some of the survivors in order to gain their trust or at least ensure that they hear it from him and not someone else. She warns Lee to be careful about who he tells, as some of the group may react differently to the others. He doesn't understand but agrees when he knows Carley cares about him and is right. She kisses him on the cheek and goes on with her day. During this conversation, Lee can tell her that he thinks about her, suggesting that they may be starting a relationship. This is further backed up by a conversation that Lee has with Katjaa at the train when he tells her that a proper romance wouldn't be possible in the apocalypse, but he did have feelings for her.
After Lee finishes investigating the possible traitor in the group, Carley is rounded up with the others (except Lee and Lilly) by the bandits when they invade the camp after they don't get their promised supplies but escapes when Lilly shoots one. Lee rescues her and Ben first when the first wave of bandits breaches the wall. She then helps Lee defend the RV against the invading walkers. After escaping on the RV. Lilly cracks under the emotional pressure and violently questions her and Ben with threats, believing one of them is the traitor. Lilly at first thinks its Carley, but then goes after Ben when he starts to panic at the thought of being thrown out of the group. She defends Ben, and will either be happy or mad at Lee, depending on who he sides with. No matter what, Carley insults Lilly, telling her that she is acting like a "paranoid, scared, little girl", which leads Lilly to believe that Carley is the traitor, and she shoots Carley in the face when she turns to face Lilly after watching Kenny kill the walker trapped under the RV.
If Carley was saved in "A New Day", then Russell will lie next to Carley's rotten body, if he chooses to hide from Nate. Nate will proceed to tease Russell about his "girlfriend", implying that he was touching her corpse. Russell will blow him off. If you chose to stay on your feet, Carley's corpse only is seen laid on the ground briefly, and curiously her body has been moved, and the zombie parted in two by Kenny is not present. Her eyes are now slightly open, her mouth is slightly open exposing her rotting tongue and teeth in the remastered version.
- Killed By
Lee has to choose in "A New Day" whether to save Doug or Carley from the walkers at the drugstore after the alarm is set off while retrieving Larry's pills. If Lee chooses to save Doug, then Carley tries to run away but a walker pulls her down by her hair, while she screams. She manages to pull herself up using a freezer, but a walker pulls her down by her hair again and she is devoured by the walkers and will no longer appear after "A New Day".
- Killed By
After the RV pulls over, Lilly begins to interrogate both Carley and Ben, thinking they are both at fault for the bandit raid at the motor inn. Carley argues with Lilly, telling her that it wasn't her fault nor Ben's. Lilly then begins to think that Carley is the culprit, demanding that Ben tell her that it is indeed Carley's fault. Carley then tells Lilly off and tells her to start acting more like Lee. This caused Lilly to snap and shoot Carley in the head, killing her before she knew who pulled the trigger.
If Lee fails to complete certain tasks, it is possible for Carley to die. These deaths are considered non-canon and will result in a game over. Lee will then re-spawn and be allowed to try again. Below is a pictorial list of when Carley can die.
This list shows the victims Carley has killed:
- Irene (Caused, Out of Mercy, Determinant)
- David Parker (Zombified, Determinant)
- Travis (Zombified, Determinant)
- Andrew St. John (Caused, Determinant)
- Tess (Indirectly Caused Caused, Alive, Determinant)
- Elizabeth (Indirectly Caused, Determinant)
- Linda (Determinant)
- Gary (Determinant)
- Numerous counts of zombies
- "A New Day"
- "Starved For Help" (Determinant)
- "Long Road Ahead" (Determinant)
- "400 Days"
- "Russell's Story" (Corpse, Determinant)
- If Carley was saved in "A New Day", Lilly talks about how she killed her to Clementine in "Suffer The Children". She is also mentioned by Clementine to Violet when both her and Alvin Jr. return to Ericson's Boarding School.
- Not counting Shawn and Duck, Carley and Doug are the first pair of characters that pit players in a decision-making situation and the first character that Lee successfully saves.
- If rescued at the pharmacy, Carley admits to having an interest in Doug. Later on in "Long Road Ahead", however, Carley shifts her interest on to Lee instead.
- Similarly, Doug (if saved) will reveal he had an interest in Carley at the motor inn.
- Carley is one of the survivors whom Lee can choose to give the rations to. Depending on the type of ration that he gives, she responds differently.
- If Lee chooses to give her an apple, she'll take it and reminisce about how she used to have an apple with granola and six different kinds of almonds every morning and how it wasn't enough to fill her.
- If Lee tries to give her the cheese and crackers or beef jerky, she'll reject it and insist that Lee and Clementine have it, in fear that they might start feeling weak. This still counts as making a choice to feed her.
- Additionally, if Carley doesn't receive any rations, she will assure Lee that she understands his position in the matter and knows that he is still keeping an eye out for her.
- If Lee repeatedly punches Andrew in Lee's showdown with him to the point where Andrew's face swells up, Carley will come into the scene and stop Lee from inflicting further damage. To trigger the additional scene, Lee will have to punch Andrew for a minimum of 6 times or until the scene of the group watching Lee beat Andy up comes in to play, then punch Andrew for an additional 9 times to make Carley appear.
- In "Starved For Help", Lee has to decide who to give food to. 15% of people choose to feed Carley, the third least out of any character, only before Doug and Lee himself.
- In "Long Road Ahead", Carley mentions that her family is Lutheran.
- When asked if there was a possible romance budding between Lee and Carley, the crew of Telltale Games mentions that there are subtle hints in between, although they do not deny nor confirm the relationship between the two. Lee can confirm in "Long Road Ahead" that he was fond of her, and her mannerisms towards Lee have hinted that she developed romantic feelings for him.
- In "Long Road Ahead", Lee makes a teasing remark about Carley being small. (Determinant) The remark is an indirect joke of saying Carley is the shortest adult member in the group. Carley coyly whispers "Don't call me small" after kissing him.
- Also, when Carley tells Lee she was thinking about him, and if he stays in silence when Carley kiss his cheek, she says: "You're gonna have to be more talkative if this is gonna work". Though she only says this if Lee is usually unresponsive. Otherwise, she says: "You'll thank me later".
- She also strokes him on the cheek and says he did good that day whether Lee got lots, some or no supplies. Whether he shot Beatrice or not also does not matter.
- Carley's voice actor, Nicole Vigil, has confirmed on her Facebook fan page that Carley makes her exit from the game in "Long Road Ahead", stating that while she very much likes her character, Carley's fate of dying has been determined much earlier by the game developers in Telltale Games, as a result of wanting to stay true to the recurring themes in The Walking Dead.
- Carley's main sidearm (despite not being mentioned in the game) is a Glock 17.
- In "A New Day", if Lee chose to help Carley with the radio she has, it turns out that she doesn't know it required batteries. After you give her the batteries then she will put them in the wrong way. This later becomes a recurring joke in "Starved For Help" and "Long Road Ahead", and Carley was ridiculed by the community over this.
- In "Starved For Help", her lack of knowledge of batteries is referenced jokingly by Lee when she gives him some for the video camera and Clementine's walkie-talkie.
- In "Long Road Ahead", when questioned about the broken flashlight, Carley quickly remarks "The batteries might be in backwards." to a question of her knowledge of the object. When Lee responds with a statement that there's only one, she hastily replies, "Everything should. What was the question again?"
- Carley and Doug are the first two characters to have multiple ways to die.
- She can either be devoured by walkers at the pharmacy or shot by Lilly.
- There is a dream sequence present in the game data, whoever you didn't save in Episode 1 would come back to haunt Lee in his dream asking why they weren't saved, and saying that Clementine will die because of his actions. Lee's ex-wife Sam and the senator Hans are mentioned as well. The scene ends with "Do you think you can save me this time?". This was scrapped for unknown reasons.
- Her corpse was different before the remastered version before she had maggots in her eye and her mouth was hanging open but wasn’t showing anything. Now she has no maggots and her eyes are slightly open and now her mouth shows her rotting tongue