'The Passage' Season 1: Anthony Carter and Amy Bellafonte's beautiful relationship must survive vampires
Anthony Carter was an innocent man, but we're not sure if he makes for an innocent viral. His latest transformation and helplessness have fans worried.
Fox's 'The Passage,' has many characters, from the heroes to the anti-heroes and the vampires (called the Virals), but it does not take us long to love or hate them as individuals. Brad Wolgast (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) comes off, early, as a cold-hearted agent entrusted to negotiate with death-row inmates and make them the lab-rats for Project Noah.
Proficient at his work, he clearly does not mind anyone's business but his own. Wolgast bargains with Anthony Carter (Kinley Belcher III), another prisoner sentenced to die, and unhesitatingly makes a lethal offer with a subtle remark of how Carter has nothing to lose, he is going to die anyway, and becoming a part of Project Noah, can give him the hope he fails to see at this point in life.
Carter isn't a man who vocally objects, he's a kind man and that shows. When Wolgast insists he take up the offer, there's very little resistance to what is to be done with him. In fact, Wolgast himself does not know, simply because he does not care. But when the time comes for him to bring in a child for the experiment, Wolgast has a change of heart and swears to protect the little orphan girl named Amy Bellafonte (Saniyya Sidney).
Amy is resistant and smart. When Wolgast and Paulson show up at the orphanage to take the child to Colorado, Amy enquires, "How come there is no lady?" because social workers "always [send] a lady." Strikingly opposite to Carter, Amy and him develop a beautiful relationship. Confined in a room in the facility, Amy first hears Carter's voice next door and slips a piece of paper and a coloring pen to him to send greetings. He immediately replies, and they become pen pals. Amy enquires as to what "they" are doing to him and if it is "scary"? Carter replies that it feels great and it's nothing to be scared about.
In the last episode, Amy lost her pen pal. He succumbed to patient Zero, Dr. Tim Fanning (Jamie McShane), who appears to be the master of the Virals since he was the first one to be infected by the "vampire" in Bolivia. Manipulative Fanning makes another lethal offer to Carter, "give in" or die. Carter does not want to die, so he succumbs to Fanning.
Carter has been living with guilt throughout. A glimpse of his back story took us to the time he fell heavily in love with a girl named Rachel. He had an amazing life, they even bought a home together, but one night when she came home bruised and wounded, she confessed she is married.
Carter was upset and said he needed "time," but Rachel decided to kill herself that night and she was found dead in the swimming pool. Carter was pinned for her death by her rich husband, and he never argued that. Why? Because, as we discover, he feels guilty he could not do anything to save her.
Carter has been silent throughout. He's never defended himself, not to Wolgast, not to Dr. Henry Lear (Henry Ian Cusick) and not even to those who sentenced him to die. Dr. Lear also points out the reason Carter is different is because he never said he's not guilty. Even if he did not fight back or chose to prove his innocence, we know he is innocent and so does Fanning. That is why it was so easy for Fanning to manipulate him.
Now that Carter has become a blood-sucking vampire, what is it going to be like for him? Given how the other virals, especially Shauna and Fanning, have retained their human self in dreams and visions, despite looking pale and veiny with sharp fangs, there's hope Carter has not lost himself completely. When Fanning comes for Amy, as it has been warned, we hope Carter does not stand as defenseless as he always seems to be. Good people shouldn't make bad vampires, right?