This week’s episode of “The Walking Dead,” “The Grove,” takes the award for one of the best episodes on the show since the mid-season premiere. The episode included action, character development and copious amounts of emotion.
Here are three reasons why Lizzie’s [Brighton Sharbino] death was actually a great step forward for the show:
1. If she didn’t die now, she would have killed again.
Throughout the season, we have seen Lizzie’s mental state decline. She admits to being the one feeding the rats at the fence of the prison. She indicates over and over that she doesn’t see the walkers as a threat; they’re just misunderstood people to her. With that being said, it was clear when Lizzie killed her sister, Mika [Kyla Kenedy], in order to turn her into her walker friend, she had to go.
2. Tyreese knows Carol burned the bodies — and he’s OK with it.
During the first half of the season, we saw Tyreese [Chad L. Coleman] distressed and in search of the person who burned his girlfriend’s body alive. When Rick [Andrew Lincoln]concluded Carol [Melissa McBride] had done it, he kicked her out and she didn’t return for a long time. Now that she’s back in the picture, it was only fitting that her first reunion would be with Tyreese.
Let’s look at it this way: Carol had to kill Lizzie to save everyone else. Tyreese saw that and agreed to it because it really was their only option. When the flu outbreak struck the prison, Carol did what she thought was best to prevent the flu from spreading. Carol did the right thing by waiting until after she killed Lizzie to tell Tyreese the truth. At that point, Tyreese had seen how hard it was for Carol to kill Lizzie and how hard it must have been to burn the bodies. She didn’t enjoy it, but she did it with good intentions. Now that the truth is out, the two can move forward with Judith and head to Terminus.
3. We have now seen the three ways to grow up in the apocalypse.
While this may be debatable to some, we have seen three of the main ways kids react in the apocalypse.
First, we watched Carl grow from a boy into a man who, despite some typical teenage angst, is typically a smart survivor. He understands what it means to lose loved ones but he also maintains some hope. He knows how to survive in this world because he was shown both the good and the bad.
Second, we have Mika, a sweet little girl who was on her way to being similar to Carl, but wasn’t quite there. She knew she would have to kill walkers, but she still had that fear that Carl no longer has. In time, I think she would have reached a level similar to Carl, but now we’re left only guessing.
Third, we have Lizzie, the psychotic girl who could not distinguish between humans and walkers. She would not accept that the world she lived in was a bad one and therefore did her best to personify the walkers. She got angry when Carol killed the walker that was chasing her because Lizzie couldn’t comprehend the world around her. Because of these things, she hit a breaking point. She stabbed her sister to prove to herself that walkers couldn’t be bad if she knew the walker was once a person. The apocalypse destroyed her.
With such an intense ending to a very emotional episode, I’m hopeful the last few episodes of the season will be of the same caliber. The back half of this season was spent developing the characters further than before, but now it is time to get the group back together. A reunion should happen soon.
“The Walking Dead” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC.
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