Written by Daniel and John
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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.
The Good: Because nothing says “fun” like playing tag in the front yard with the local Zombie, to say Lizzie is a little crazy is a giant understatement. It’s great when your own sister even refers to you as crazy, I can understand having some problems coming to terms with the world as it is but to be that far gone is mind blowing. Not only does Lizzie see dead people but can talk to them as well while she sits and feeds rats to a zombie and this comes as no surprise that it was her doing it at the prison. Of course this was only scratching the surface of crazy as we go from nice stroll in the woods to the most mind blowing moment (dare I say to date) in the blink of an eye. I would like to think by this point I couldn’t be surprised any longer, that I have seen everything that is going to shock me but this has to be the wildest turn of events. It was one thing when Sophia came out of the barn, sad yes, but she was all ready gone, but to quote tonight’s show “She isn’t hard wired right”. Lizzie has demonstrated being a little special but to go so far as to smoke her own sister, all I could do was sit and just say holly crap over and over again. It is a bit from the comic when Carl killed that kid but what Carol and Tyreese find as an answer to the problem I was left speechless. It raises a couple of very good questions, with very hard answers. What do you do when someone is a threat to everyone around you? If it’s not your kid can you just leave them behind? We didn’t have to wait long for the answer and leaving me with an image I would love not to have. Carol is just the one left to do all the wet work of the group I guess, I figured she would lead Lizzie off and get her lost but to walk right out the back yard and make quick work of Lizzie...
The Bad: Ummmmm yeah, as if.
I like that Carol came clean with Tyreese, the way the episode was going I full well expected Carol to catch one between the eyes as well. Tyreese taking the moral high ground was refreshing but all I can say about tonight is simple...MIND BLOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!