The Walking Dead - TVThe Walking Dead Recap: Season 4 Episode 14 "The Grove"The Walking Dead - TV - RSS 2.0
The opening of this episode told you just about everything you needed to know about where this story was going. With a teapot whistling away on an oven range, Lizzie happily plays keep away outside in the tall green grass...with a walker. Because that's normal. Unfortunately, it's also inevitable given her inability to see the walkers as a threat. And in this episode we see what happens to those that can't function in this new world order.
In The Grove Carol, Tyreese, Lizzie, Mika and Baby Judith happen across an abandoned pecan farm. They clear it out of walkers and settle down. Soon they fall into a rhythm of simple domesticity. Carol and Tyreese hunt by day, Carol and Lizzie shell pecans by night while Mika plays with dolls and Tyreese falls asleep in a large chair in front of the fire like a happy, but tired patriarch.
It gets so comfortable that the two adults decide not to follow the tracks to Terminus, the destination of all the survivors scattered since the prison attack. The life they are building at the pecan farm is good enough. But as soon as that is decided, it all goes bad. Lizzie's disassociation with the walkers, thinking they are alive and friendly, continues and when Carol catches her playing keep away with one, she gets a harsh lecture about their true nature. But instead of understanding, she seeks to prove her vision of them as friendly is correct by killing her sister. When Mika rises from the dead, surely everyone will see that Lizzie is right.
When Carol and Tyreese discover Lizzie standing over Mika's bloody corpse, with baby Judith crawling on a blanket nearby, Carol is forced to talk Lizzie into handing over her gun while Tyreese stands by stunned. To make things worse, Carol not only has to talk Lizzie off the ledge, but must convince her to go with Tyreese into the house so she can stab Mika's corpse through the head to prevent it from rising though this is thankfully done off screen. Later, Tyreese tells Carol that Lizzie confessed to feeding the walkers at the prison with rats (mystery solved!) and that she killed the rabbit there as well. Carol tells him "She can't be around people" which is code for she has to be put down. Tyreese doesn't argue.
Carol takes Lizzie out to the grove outside the house to kill her. Lizzie thinks Carol is mad about the walkers Lizzie has been playing with and starts to cry. Carol promises she isn't mad, tells her to "Look at the flowers" and pulls the trigger. Carol breaks down as Tyreese looks on from the house. But that isn't the real story here.
We know Carol will do what has to be done. Just like when she killed Karen and David at the prison to stop their illness from infecting everyone. We know Lizzie wasn't going to change and eventually someone was going to have to address her psychotic behavior. What went down was not a surprise. Where all this is leading is much more satisfying.
Ever since Carol joined Tyreese in Inmates, we knew there was a bigger reckoning coming. One way or another, Tyreese was going to discover that Carol killed his girlfriend Karen back at the prison. And that growing tension throughout this episode was particularly well done.