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Crack Some Nuts With Carol In "The Grove" On This Week's The Walking Dead

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03/17/2014 8:21 am
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Crack Some Nuts With Carol In
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Dani Strehle

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Can I just say, that I'm experiencing so many emotions and conflicting feelings right now that I don't even know what to do with myself. If my bedroom was a phone booth, I would undoubtedly be screaming about my entrapment within a glass case of emotion. I am PISSED because, yet again, we see a singular group for the entirety of the episode. I am pissed that there are TWO episodes left, and the groups are still divided, meandering catastrophes bumbling through the woods and following the same train tracks while never crossing paths. I am pissed because Robert Kirkman introduced us to a character who claims that, not only does he know WHY zombie apocalypse started, but also how to end it; and we've not caught a glimpse of him in weeks. And yet... I am stunned by tonight's episode. I am absolutely, completely, 100 percent stunned. As in, I cannot BELIEVE they went there, but I am so damn glad that they did. This isn't Carl abandoning his nearly-dead father and eating 112 ounces of chocolate pudding in the throws of teenage angst. This is meaty, juicy, diabolical, delicious, horrifying, abhorrent drama. I don't want to give you a point-by-point recall, because there are only a few things that really need to be covered from tonight. We see only Carol, Tyrese, Lizzie, Mika and Judith. They stumble upon a house and set-up shop. The home is cozy, relatively safe, has a plethora of peanuts and peaches (with an occasional deer sighted), and has clean, fresh water. We quickly realize that Lizzie's proclivity for psychosis has not waned, in fact it has worsened. She still believes that the walkers are just different versions of humans, and wants to befriend them. Carol and Tyrese are trying to teach the girls the skills they'll need in order to survive. Mika is too sweet, and Lizzie is, well, insane. Carol is trying to teach them not to be either of those things. Carol described her Sophia to Lizzie as "...sweet. She didn't have a mean bone in her body." And, when Lizzie asks if that's why she's not here anymore, Carol tells her yes. Carol later tells Tyrese that Mika "Doesn't have a mean bone in her body," and you pretty much know that Mika will be meeting her maker.
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Lizzie has a shit-fit after Carol spies her playing tag with a walker in the yard and promptly kills it. Lizzie tries to block the walker, but Carol pushes her aside and takes care of business. I literally thought Lizzie was going to bust a vein. She's asking why Carol killed her friend, they were just playing, after all! This little girl, I tell you what. She is just...I don't know? I honestly don't even know what to call it. But it is starting to dawn on Carol that whatever Lizzie has going on with these walkers is something that she is not going to be able to fix with a can-do attitude. Tyrese and Carol are scouring the forest looking for the deer that Mika couldn't bring herself to kill, and talking about how they plan on staying at the house and making a go of it for a little while. They head back to the house and to the girls when they see Lizzie standing with blood-soaked hands over the lifeless body of her sister Mika; Judith is having tummy time on a blanket beside them.
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Carol tries to go to Mika when Lizzie pulls her gun on her. She implores Carol to wait until Mika reanimates, because then she'll see. She'll see what Lizzie has been talking about and understand why she has such affection for the undead. Carol tells her to go inside with Tyrese and Judith, and promises not to make it so Mika won't come back, and that she'll just tie her up so she doesn't go anywhere. Later when Tyrese and Carol are talking, we discover that Lizzie was indeed the one feeding the rats at the fence at the prison. She was also the one that nailed the rat to the board, because it was her idea of her fun. Her words, not mine. And so Lizzie quickly goes from like, Winona Ryder in Girl Interrupted, to Norman Bates. And I'm not talking Freddie Highmore Norman Bates; I'm talking Anthony Perkins knifing women in the shower while his dead mother decomposes in an attic rocking chair. Carol tells Tyrese that Lizzie can't be around other people, and certainly not living under the same roof as Judith. Oh! Because I forgot to mention that, when Lizzie was explaining why she killed Mika (so she could turn into a walker, duh), that she was just about to do the same for Judith. Carol snaps quickly that Judith "can't even walk yet" and Lizzie decides to let her be for now. So yeah. Anywho, Carol tells Tyrese it was in Lizzie before it all started, it's who she is; and she can't be changed. In that instance, I knew what Carol is going to do. Carol and Lizzie are walking out to pick some wild flowers for when Mika comes back, and my husband said the EXACT thing I was thinking in my head, just in different terms: "Old Yeller...?" Well, Lizzie is rather like a rabid dog, and yes Carol takes her out to pasture to shoot her in the head. And in this moment, I question my humanity. Because I am So. Damn. Glad. that she has killed this little girl that it must certainly mean that I am guilty of some sort of terrible associative murder. I am scum. But, I also don't care (which only makes me feel worse), because that terrifying little girl is dead. And THEN! Yes, there's more. So maybe this turned out to be a bit longer than I anticipated...whoops. Anyway, Carol confesses to Tyrese that she killed Karen and David. We knew it was coming, but it was tense nonetheless. He asks if Karen knew what was happening, and Carol tells him no. It was quick. He tells her he forgives her, but that he won't forget. Honestly, he's a bit saintly. I do so like Tyrese. They decide they can't stay in this house now, and decide to head out for Terminus in the morning. And that's that. Wow. Just. Wow. My emotions have never been so utterly at war with each other. My fury at the lack of info from the other members of the group is palpable; but this episode was just so breathtakingly beautiful from start to finish that it's almost stifling my hate-fire. The rest of the group appears to be featured next week, so I have high hopes. High hopes that damn well better be realized, because I just don't know how much more I can take. Until next week, Deadheads!

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