The Walking Dead’s “The Grove” Gives Viewers Another Reason to Drink This St. Patrick’s Day

With only two episodes left in this season, The Walking Dead has finally started to answer some questions that have been bugging viewers since the midseason finale. Last night’s episode focused on Tyreese, Carol, Lizzie, Mika, and Judith. On their way to Terminus, they find a home in the middle of nowhere. It seems to be the perfect place to start over; it’s secluded, has a water pump and a propane tank, puzzles, a doll, a big comfy dad chair. Basically everything is going to go back to normal, right? Of course not.

One of the first questions that last night’s episode answered was why Carol was teaching the children how to fight. To put it simply, it’s because of Sophia. Carol described her as “not having a mean bone in her body”. She wasn’t capable of killing anything, which was her downfall. Now that Carol has two surrogate daughters, she doesn’t want the same thing to happen to them. Carol can see a lot of Sophia in Mika, in that she cannot bring herself to kill people invading the prison or even a deer except she has no problem killing walkers. Lizzie, on the other hand, cannot bring herself to kill a walker, but can kill people. And animals, Lizzie kills animals too for some reason; probably because, as Mika put it, she’s not right.

Speaking of which, we also learned that Lizzie was the one feeding walkers outside of the prison. Which doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone since she has pretty much been friendly with walkers since she was introduced. So friendly, that she gets upset when anyone kills a walker. We see her have a near emotional breakdown after Mika shoots a walker right in front of them. Luckily, Mika calms her down by telling her to look at the flowers right next to her. Then she screams at Carol for putting down a walker that Lizzie was playing with. It’s hard to believe an eleven year old could hold that much crazy, but she does.

So fans of the comics, myself included, could see where Lizzie’s crazy was going to go. I don’t like to brag and say, “I told you so”, but I told you so. I won’t go into more as to not spoil the comics, but it involves Ben. Carol and Tyreese are walking in the woods where she almost tells him about her killing his girlfriend. They walk back to discover an absolutely horrifying sight and one of the most shocking moments in television history: Lizzie holding a bloody knife and Mika’s lifeless body. If things weren’t already messed up, the show then turns it up to eleven when Lizzie says “don’t worry, she’s going to come back. I didn’t hurt her brains”. Uh, what in the actual expletive?

Tyreese and Carol don’t spend a lot of time trying to figure out what to do with Lizzie. They conclude that they need to protect Judith above anything else. So Carol takes Lizzie outside where she apologizes for pointing her gun at Carol. You know, instead of apologizing for killing her sister. In a really morbid Of Mice and Men-esque scene, Carol tells Lizzie to look at the flowers, and shoots her. Carol walks back to the house and sees the deer that Mika couldn’t kill earlier, to symbolize that if only Mika could have the courage to kill Lizzie, then she’d still be here.

Later that night, Carol reveals to Tyreese that she killed his girlfriend to prevent the spreading of that mysterious flu. It was pretty clear that Carol wanted him to kill her. He probably would have if she had told him in the woods. He does contemplate killing her for a moment, but he asks how she did it: quick and painless. Which was probably a more merciful death than from the flu. He realizes that Carol makes hard decisions for the greater good, like killing Lizzie in order to protect Judith and any other future victim. He forgives her because making hard decisions is a valuable trait in their world. The episode concludes with them on the road to Terminus.

Last night’s episode was phenomenal. I’ve been enjoying this whole season, but last night was just jaw dropping. I would like to point out how amazing Brighton Sharbino aka Lizzie is at acting. Playing a character that crazy at the age of eleven is impressive.  Now there are only two more episodes left in this season, so we only have two more episodes to find out what Terminus is: the Alexandria safe-zone or The Hunter’s hell hole. Either one is fine with me, as long as they all find each other in the end to counter this depressing episode.

About Victoria Nyquist

Recent college graduate and proud habitual TV abuser.

Posted on March 17, 2014, in AMC, American Television, Cable, Deaths, Drama, Weekly TV Update and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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