Carol and Daryl’s unexpected confrontation of Lance mirrors the scene from moments earlier.
Earlier on Sunday’s episode, Lance suggests to Carol that he’s a bit envious of the bond she shares with Daryl. It’s clear the two friends would do anything for one another. It’s a connection Lance desperately wished he shared with Pamela Milton, the leader of the Commonwealth.
When Lance and Carol are later ambushed by Commonwealth soldiers, Daryl comes to the rescue. Once again, Daryl and Carol have each other backs. You can see Lance is stunned by the loyalty these two have for one another. At the same time, you get the sense he’s a bit envious and saddened that he doesn’t have what they do.
In the next scene, when Carol and Daryl give Lance an ultimatum to leave them or be killed, it subtly mirrors the one from moments earlier.
This time, instead of Carol and Lance being caught off-guard by the Commonwealth, Lance is the one taken aback.
But Lance didn’t have a Carol to come and save him. He bled out alone without a friend in the world in, perhaps, one of the show’s most unfortunate deaths.