Written by John Edward Betancourt
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So the day finally came, when The Walking Dead brought forth its darkest episode to date and did it in incredible fashion. In fact there really isn't any point in doing anything outside of recapping last night's devastating episode, "The Grove", so let's get right to it.
The Good: Wow. Just wow. This episode was something else, it truly was. The word dark doesn't do it justice and quite frankly, I've never seen anything this bold on television. So where do we begin? Well with the outstanding performances that anchored tonight. This episode was fierce one hour clinic on acting, specifically from Melissa McBride and Brighton Sharbino (Lizzie). They were both Emmy worthy with Lizzie's meltdown and the heavy decisions that weighed on Carol's shoulders. Not that Chad Coleman (Tyreese) and Kyla Kennedy (Mika) didn't hold their ground, but seriously, kudos to Brighton and Melissa. But despite the powerhouse performances, this episode was terrifying on so many levels from the charred monsters that roamed away from the fire to well, the most terrifying monster of the night...Lizzie. We finally learned that she was indeed the one feeding the walkers at the prison. But more importantly, we learned she has a soft spot for the living dead and will stop at nothing to help human beings to become the living dead. This is where the episode took a horrific turn and well...left all of us in an unhealthy place mentally. I mean, I was stunned by the last half hour of this episode as we saw what Lizzie was really all about. I felt physically ill when we found out she killed her little sister. Not to mention her plans for Judith. But the part that has haunted my dreams was the finale where Carol figures out what to do with Lizzie. It's disturbing enough and ugly enough that I won't say anymore other than that. It's not my favorite, "Clear" still holds that honor, but this is a damn close second. It terrified me, it disturbed me and as I write this, I feel a little nauseous once again.
The Bad: Not a thing. This episode was flawless.
The Verdict: Just a stunning episode that crossed many lines and pushed the envelope in ways I never expected. It looks like next week we finally reach Terminus and after this episode, I am filled with dread as to what will happen there since the show is clearly ready now to hold nothing back.