Righto, so the shit really hits the fan in Season 4, Episode 14, entitled The Grove ofAMC’s The Walking Dead! Here’s what went down:
SPOILERS COMMENCE IMMEDIATELY…
Lizzie fucking Borden is what went the fuck down!
Yeah, while fans of The Walking Dead comics had already pegged Lizzie (Brighton Sharbino) as filling the shoes of the good twin/bad twin story line, fans of the TV show were probably more than a little rattled with this episode.
So we start off with Tyreese (Chad Coleman), Carol (Melissa McBride), Judith,Lizzie and Mika (Kyla Kenedy) following the tracks, on their way to the mystical-but-surely-not-Woodbury town, ominously, called Terminus. On the way they stop to look for water and low and behold they come across the perfect little oasis in the form of a fairly self-sufficient cottage.
Carol spends a lot of this episode bearing the heavy burden of listening to Tyreese pine forKaren (Melissa Ponzio), keeping her eye on a fire (is it Daryl (Norman Reedus) andBeth’s (Emily Kinney) handy work they can smell?), worrying that Mika is going to go the way of her own daughter, Sophia (Madison Lintz) and then becoming increasing concerned with where Lizzie’s brain is at.
Tyreese and Carol agree to settle down in this newly found utopia rather than head into Terminus – even if it is obvious Carol will struggle living with Tyreese unless she spills her guts about killing Karen and David(Brandon Carroll).
It all seems like a good idea at first, but like every good thing in The Walking Dead, eventually it turns into a bloodbath. This time it is Lizzie’s turn to go off the deep end and for the first time we get to watch a character make a complete turn from good to bad.
Lizzie starts ‘playing’ chasey with zombies, feeding them rats and trying to convince everyone that she can truly understand zombies. ‘They just want to make us like them,‘ is her logic. Finally we know for certain that Lizzie was behind the weird rat art going down at the prison and we are fast tracked into realising that she honestly believes that walkers are still people too.
And so the downward spiral continues.
There are some interesting conversations for Carol to be had, mostly in a bid to lead the viewer up to the point where Lizzie finally goes all bat shit crazy and guts the hell out of her little sister, Mika. Apparently she wants her sister to turn so that everyone can see that Lizzie’s beliefs are true. And if the grown ups hadn’t returned just in the knick of time, Judith would have been next up on the chopping board!
It is at this point that Tyreese and Carol decide that Lizzie ‘can’t be around people’ and Carol takes her out to ‘look at the flowers’ and once more poor old Carol is tasked with doing what has to be done…
As a result, their new found utopia has now been tainted, and once Carol fesses up to killing Karen, there is nothing more to do than head on to Terminus.
Honestly, while I completely LOVED this episode and found myself hanging on every single word uttered, the more I think about this episode – in hindsight – the more I find myself questioning it.
Realistically, it felt like AMC were cramming Lizzie’s whole downward spiral into insanity into just the one episode. Yes, we know Lizzie is a psycho, yet, other than giving the zombies names when we are first introduced to her character, at times it feels like the menace of Lizzie builds based on nothing more than smoke and mirrors.
So, what did you think of Episode 14 of The Walking Dead? Did you think Lizzie unravelled right on track, or do you think AMC fast tracked it just for this episode? Let me know in the comments below.
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