Written by John Edward Betancourt
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I still feel ill after watching this week's episode of The Walking Dead. Not because of what Carol had to do or why, because at that point the episode had already crossed every single line that it possibly could so why not witness a pre teen take a round to the back of the head.
No what left me stunned in this episode, was the sad and tragic tale of Lizzie and her sister and what a world that has come to a screeching halt does to the young and impressionable who are not quite old enough to understand the world around them. It's something I've touched on before, the effects of this world on the human psyche and how the show has slowly showed us that psychological wear down here and there. "Clear" perhaps gave us the best example of what the isolation in a world of the dead can do, but this week, the show took it a step further.
It's interesting because for the most part we have been able to see so many of the survivors chug along. They battle these awful creatures day in and day out and that's life now. But it's different for them. They understand the danger, they get what is at stake and that's what makes Lizzie's tale all the more tragic.
This is little girl who has lost her family and with it...guidance. Carl has always had Rick (or Shane here and there I suppose) and Lori to fall back on when it came to questions about this bold new world. But for Lizzie, the trauma of being this young in the end times is clearly too much to bear for her young mind and soul. To not see a threat in the walkers, and all her other brands of crazy speaks to a girl who is completely and utterly lost.
With no guidance, no adult there to truly nurture her through her loss, since she clearly needed her family to be the one to do it, Lizzie disappeared into this horrible world and was never destined to return from it. If anything, it's a hopeless concept for this show. While there isn't much hope to begin with, one has to wonder how many more camps have had to deal with this, the young and mature combined seeing only death and feeling the need to spread it. With mankind's days numbered as it is it poses a horrible thought.
After all, in the here and now the children are indeed the future of our world, but if they are not able to grow and be functional in the world of The Walking Dead what future does mankind have?