“The Grove” focuses on Carol and Tyreese this time around as they continue their trek to Terminus. They find an abandoned house to rest up in and that’s when things get interesting. Lizzie and Mika are really highlighted in this episode and how they feel about killing Walkers and people. Tyreese and Carol’s impending conflict is also foreshadowed as Carol’s guilt grows.
Lizzie and Mika
As many of us have seen, Lizzie has a very different understanding of the Walkers. While she isn’t afraid of killing people she is opposed to killing Walkers since they are her “friends”. Lizzie has a very obscure perception of the dead, viewing them as non-harmful or really threatening. On the other hand, Mika understands how dangerous the dead are but does not want to harm anything. This presents a problem for the girls and Carol since she knows they have to kill to survive. In that world, there’s no room for people who can’t kill or those who have a twisted perception of what Walkers are.
Lizzies decision to kill Mika as a means to display her beliefs was horrifying and sad. It was a nod to the comics when one of the twins, Billy, murders his brother for a similar reason. That scene was such a tough moment. It was beautifully shot and the present danger for the well-being of everyone in the group was now in danger. Who’s to say baby Judith wasn’t next to die for Lizzie to prove her point? And I think that’s why Carol knew she had to do what was necessary for the group.
Although Carl kills the murderer in the comics it is Carol who carries out the deed in the show. You could tell it was tough for Carol to kill Lizzie since she was a mother-like figure to the girl. However, Carol has killed for the “greater good” before and is now a hardened character. The scene was also a nice allusion to Of Mice and Men when George has to kill Lenny. Lizzie just could not live in that world.
Carol and Tyreese
Tyreese was happy to see a familiar face in Carol when she first arrived a few episodes ago. That causes Carol’s guilt to grow as Tyreese confides in her and opens up about the loss of Karen. Talk about awkward. After multiple conversations in which Tyreese discusses Karen, his comfort and trust in Carol, and the idea of avenging Karen, Carol breaks down. I think that was impart to the deaths of Lizzie and Mika. She was pretty distraught afterwards and even tells Tyreese to do what he needed to do. I assumed Tyreese would forgive Carol in that moment but I don’t think he would have back at the prison. The wound heals with time and his time with Carol has affected his outlook.
It’s a shame the whole staying at the house idea didn’t work. It was pretty secluded and their was game present to hunt but after the children’s death it was the right decision to continue on to Terminus. They couldn’t stay there anymore. I really enjoyed Mika and Lizzie’s performance’s and the growth of Tyreese’s character.
Mika, nice guys finish last.
Glad we found out Lizzie was feeding the Walkers and dissected the rabbit at the prison.
“Look at the Flowers”.