Last night’s March 16 episode of ‘The Walking Dead’ was one of the most shocking that viewers have seen in a while — and this is a show about zombies.[semi spoiler..like the post title oopS]But did Carol finally go too far in her pursuit of the greater good?
For a show about zombies in its 4th season, you’d think that you no longer have the capacity to be shocked, but you’d be wrong. Last night’s episode of The Walking Dead, “The Grove,” was one of the most suspenseful episodes of the season.
Lizzie’s (Brighton Sharbino) increasingly strange behavior throughout the episode foreshadowed an ending that forces the viewer to wonder if Carol (Melissa McBride) has finally gone too far in her militant pursuit of the greater good. Weigh in with your thoughts after the jump — but beware of SPOILERS!
During last night’s episode, nothing had me more on the edge of my seat than Lizzie’s behavior — especially after she helped Carol, Tyreese (Chad Coleman) and Mika (Kyla Kenedy) kill the Walkers that had been chasing Lizzie and Mika throughout the woods. Afterward, when Carol tried to get Lizzie to understand that Walkers are not people and that they’ll only kill you, Lizzie replied with, “I know. I know what I have to do now. I know.” Yikes.
Apparently, what she just had to do was kill her sister in cold blood so that the others could finally understand that Walkers are people, too! Nope. No, they’re not, Lizzie.
When Carol and Tyreese, horrified, discussed the incident, it seemed like Lizzie was going to get off scot-free — Carol suggested taking Lizzie along with her, away from Tyreese and baby Judith. This seemed out of character for Carol — and it was, because not long after, Carol took Lizzie outside and shot the confused, mentally ill young girl in the back of her head.
But did Carol finally go too far? Let’s not forget that Carol also killed Karen (Melizza Ponzio) and David (Brandon Carroll) when they became ill at the prison, a preemptive strike that may not have been necessary but that she was more than willing to do in order to protect the group at large. Also at the prison, Carol taught the very girls that lost their lives this episode familiarity with weapons — which ultimately led to their demise.
However, I don’t think that Carol went too far. Carol is possibly the most level-headed of the survivors; she knows what needs to be done and she does it. Not everybody may agree with shooting a mentally ill young girl, but there is no therapy, no rehabilitation in this post-apocalyptic world. As one HollywoodLifer put it in the comments on my recap from last night, Lizzie was a rabid dog that needed to be put down.
Furthermore, when Tyreese looked on as Carol killed Lizzie, it seemed like he came to an understanding about the world they live in. Carol’s confession to Tyreese at the end of the episode was heartbreaking; she hated that she had killed Karen and David, and she told Tyreese to do what he had to do, pushing a gun toward him.
In that moment, after the deaths of both Mika and Lizzie, Tyreese understood why Carol killed his girlfriend. Carol makes the thankless, hard choices and she does not make them lightly, and they clearly weigh on her mind. However, the watchword in the post-apocalyptic, Walker-filled world that these two live in is “survival,” and Carol is doing that for herself and her companions in the best way that she knows how — no matter how dire the consequences