The “Consumed” episode of The Walking Dead begins with a flashback to Carol driving away from Rick in the station wagon. Carol is parked on the side of the road and is sobbing against the steering wheel. A walker comes up and starts banging on the window, and Carol screams at it to go away, before driving off.
Carol pulls up in front of The Whalen Law Firm, LLP office building. She goes inside to look around. She rattles a can of pens to see if any walkers are inside. She gathers some empty water bottles from a recycling bin to use to store water. Later that night, she goes to sleep with her pistol in her hand. During the day, Carol is at the window setting up plastic bags to capture rain water, when she spots smoke billowing up from the direction of the prison. She gets in her station wagon and drives to the prison to see it in flames.
Flash forward to the present, Carol and Daryl are following the car with the white cross on the window. Carol is asking Daryl about his time with Beth after the prison. Carol suggests that they could end it quick by just running the car off the road, but Daryl says that the driver might refuse to talk, so they should continue to just follow. Daryl says they have the advantage right now, and if Beth is being held, they will do what they have to do to get her back.
As the car enters the city, it comes to a stop. Daryl stops behind it, and he wonders allowed to Carol why the car is waiting. A police officer gets out of the passenger side of the car, and Daryl says they are two of them. A walker comes up and starts banging on the window of Daryl and Carol’s car.
The police officer is dragging bicycles and other stuff around, and he looks back at Daryl and Carol’s car. Then, the police officer gets back in his car. After the car in front of them leaves, Daryl tries to start their car, but the gas tank is now empty and it won’t crank.
Daryl tells Carol that they need to find some place to hold-up until sunrise. Carol says she knows a place just a couple blocks away, and she rolls down the window and stabs the walker outside in the head.
Daryl and Carol break into an office building to take shelter for the night. Daryl finds some keys on the body of a walker, which helps them unlock doors inside. Daryl asks Carol if she used to work in the building or something. Carol says, “Something.”
Daryl asks what this place is, and Carol says that it’s temporary housing. Daryl asks Carol if she came here, and Carol says that she did, but she didn’t stay. They find a room with bunk beds, and Carol says that she will take the top bunk. Carol also says that she will take first watch.
As Daryl sits on the bottom bunk, Carol asks, “You said that we get to start over. Did you?” Daryl says, “I’m trying.” Daryl asks Carol what’s really on her mind, and Carol says that she doesn’t think they get to save people anymore. Daryl asks then why is she here, and Carol replies, “I’m trying.” Daryl asks what would have happened if he hadn’t shown up while Carol was out by the car, and Carol says she still doesn’t know. Carol lays down beside Daryl in the bottom bunk.
Suddenly, they hear a sound, and Daryl crabs his crossbow. They both go down a long hallway to see a couple child walkers clawing on the other side of a glass door. Carol starts to go in the room with her knife, but Daryl tells her that she doesn’t have to.
Carol is waking up the next morning. She looks out the window to see smoke billowing up outside. Daryl has built a fire. He is carrying the bodies of the child walkers in sheets and puts them into the fire. Carol goes outside and thanks Daryl.
In a flashback, Carol is digging a grave, and Tyreese is carrying the bodies of Lizzie and Mika. Carol looks up to see smoke billowing up in the distance.
Back in present time, Daryl and Carol are packing up to go outside. Daryl says they need to get up in a tall building to look around for whoever has Beth. They make their way outside and keep close to the building walls. Daryl peers around a corner and sees several walkers in the roadway. He sees a bridge crossway linking two buildings, and he tells Carol that they can get up there. Daryl takes a notepad out from his backpack and lights it on fire. He throws it out to distract the walkers. Then, Daryl and Carol run by the walkers.
As Daryl and Carol try to go across the bridge between buildings, they find several walkers in sleeping bags and tents. Daryl shoots arrows into and stabs the sleeping bag walkers, and they carefully make their way around the walkers trapped in tents. Daryl and Carol crawl through an opening in a door that is chained up.
Daryl and Carol make their way into what looks like an executive’s office. Carol looks out the window at the burned and destroyed city below. Carol says that Daryl still hasn’t asked her what happened after she met up with Tyreese and the girls. Daryl says he knows what happened that they ain’t here, but Carol says it was worse than that. Daryl says that the reason he says that they get to start over is because they have to.
Daryl seems to notice something outside. He looks through the scope of Carol’s rifle. He shows Carol a van that is wrecked on the bridge. It has two white crosses on the rear window, so he thinks it could be a lead to whoever has Beth. Carol starts willing up her canteen from a water cooler. Daryl looks at a painting and says that he bets it cost some rich prick a lot of money. Daryl says it looks like a dog sat in paint and wiped its ass all over the place, but Carol says she kind of likes it.
Daryl and Carol make their way back through the small opening in the chained door. Carol pushes the rifle through the doorway and goes outside first. When Daryl gets outside, Noah is holding the rifle and has the drop on both of them. Noah tells Daryl to lay down his crossbow. Noah says that no one has to get hurt that he just needs their weapons. Noah tells them that they look tough and that they will be alright. Then, he cuts the tents open and lets the walkers out, before running away.
Daryl stabs one of the walkers, and Carol pulls out a pistol and shoots one of the walkers. Carol points her gun at Noah’s back, but Daryl pushes the gun away so she misses.
They chase after Noah, but he is gone. Carol asks Daryl if he thought that she was going to kill him. Carol says that she was aiming for his leg. Daryl says that he was just a kid. Carol points out that he got their weapons and without weapons they and Beth could die.
In a flashback scene, Carol is burning the bodies of Karen and David back at the prison.
Back in the present, Daryl and Carol make their way to the van on the bridge. The van is halfway off the edge of the bridge, and Carol points out that it’s not stable. As they search the van, a horde of walkers approach. Daryl notices hospital supplies in the van, and Carol says Grady Memorial Hospital is nearby.
As the walkers reach the van, Daryl stabs some of the walkers, and Carol uses her last two bullets. However, they are overrun by walkers and have to climb back into the van to escape.
As they climb into the front of the van, Daryl tells Carol to buckle up, as the walkers push the van off the bridge. The van lands right side up. Daryl and Carol are dazed, but they are both ok. A couple of walkers fall off the bridge onto the van. Daryl and Carol make their way out of the van and take off on foot.
Daryl and Carol are stopped outside a building to rest, and Daryl gives Carol some water to drink. Carol’s shoulder is injured, but she says that she’s had worst. Carol jokes that they made good time getting down.
Carol says they are only three block from Grady. Daryl and Carol enter a building, and Daryl finds a machete, which he uses to stab a walker on the floor. They look across at the hospital. Daryl asks Carol how he was before. Carol says that he was like a kid, but now he’s a man. Daryl asks, “What about her?” Carol says that she and Sophia stayed at the shelter for a day and half, then she went running back to Ed. Carol says that she got beat up, but she didn’t do anything. Carol says that who she was with him got burned away. Carol says that at the prison she got to be who she always thought she should have been, but then she got burned away. Carol says everything now consumes you. Daryl says, “We ain’t ashes.”
Daryl hears something, and they both go to investigate. It’s a walker that is stuck to the wall by an arrow. Carol asks Daryl if it’s one of his arrows, and Daryl says, “Yes.” They hear gunfire, and they walk around the corner of the hall to see Noah struggling with a walker. Noah breaks free, and the walker attacks Carol, but Daryl kills it. Daryl chases after Noah and finds him trying to move a bookshelf that is blocking a door. Daryl pushes Noah into the bookshelf, and it falls back on Noah pinning him beneath. There is walker struggling to get through a door that was behind the bookshelf.
Carol catches up, and Daryl and Carol take their weapons back. Noah is asking why they followed him. Noah is begging for help, but Daryl says he already helped him once and it ain’t happening again. Daryl finds a carton of cigarettes and lights a smoke. Carol yells at Daryl to help Noah, but Daryl says to let him be and walks away. The walker pushes through the door and is about to get Noah, but Daryl turns around and shoots the walker with an arrow at the last second.
In a flashback, Carol is in the woods after her attack on Terminus. She falls to her knees and starts to wipe off all the walker blood and guts she smeared on herself to get past the walkers and get inside. She picks up her weapons and starts to walk, while the smoke from Terminus billows in the background.
Daryl and Carol pull the bookshelves off of Noah. Noah goes to the window, and he warns them that they will come now, because the people at the hospital probably heard the shot. Daryl asks him if he saw a blonde girl as the hospital, and Noah says, “Beth, you know her?” Noah explains that Beth helped him get away, but that she is still there.
Daryl, Carol, and Noah take off running to try to escape before the people from the hospital get there. Noah falls down and Daryl stops to help him up, so Carol runs out the door first. Carol gets hit by a station wagon. Daryl is about to go out to rescue Carol, but Noah says that they can help her that they have medicine, machines, and a doctor. Noah says that if Daryl goes out there, he has to kill them, and then Carol wouldn’t be able to get their help.
Daryl asks Noah what it’s going to take to get Carol and Beth back, and Noah says a lot because they have guns and people. Daryl says, “So do we.” Daryl and Noah escape through a fence, and they find a truck to drive away in. Daryl and Noah are driving in the truck as the episode ends.