On the March 16 episode of ‘The Walking Dead,’ Carol, Tyrese, Lizzie and Mika find themselves in a peaceful home of sorts before a shocking, can’t-miss twist leaves our survivors even more broken than before.
For about one second, it seems like some of our survivors on The Walking Dead might actually have a shot at something approximating a normal, happy life, but that goes to hell pretty quickly — as you might expect. On their way to the promised land of Terminus, Carol (Melissa McBride), Tyreese (Chad Coleman), Lizzie (Brighton Sharbino) and Mika (Kyla Kenedy) land upon a house in a beautiful grove where they decide to start putting down roots. However, a truly shocking (and gory, of course) twist left the survivors — and us — reeling! Read on for our full recap of “The Grove.”
‘The Walking Dead’ Recap — Lizzie Is Tough With Humans But Not With Walkers
It’s nighttime, and Carol and Lizzie are on watch. Lizzie is entertaining herself with pipe dreams of what Terminus will be like, asking Carol if she thinks there will be any other kids there. Carol doesn’t seem as optimistic but humors Lizzie nonetheless. I mean, we all know what Terminus will end up being like, right? Basically: misery, despair, surprise Walker attacks, and covering up the murders of loved ones of the people you’re traveling with.
Later, Carole and Tyreese talk about the girls; Tyreese says that Lizzie is tough and Carol corrects him — Lizzie is tough with humans but not with Walkers; Lizzie doesn’t really understand what they are. Similarly, Mika doesn’t have a mean bone in her body.
The foursome make their way along the train tracks on their journey to Terminus. Carol decides that Tyreese should rest a bit and she pairs off with Mika while Tyreese chills with Judith and Lizzie.
Tyreese spots a Walker down the tracks, because obviously, because life is a Walker-infested misery. And besides, Walkers want to get to Terminus, too! Just as Tyreese is about to bash his head in with his trusty hammer, Lizzie interrupts him: “Sometimes we have to kill them; sometimes we don’t.” Hey, Lizzie — nobody asked you.
Carol and Mika walk through the woods and Carol tries to convince Mika to start going hard like she was born in Brooklyn, but Mika refuses to kill people; she knows what Walkers are, she’s not “messed up” like Lizzie, but she can’t do it. Carol insists, essentially, that that’s one way to end up dead and that running isn’t enough. Mika brings up Karen (Melissa Ponzio) and David (Brandon Carroll) and Carol looks shifty as hell.
‘The Walking Dead’ Recap — Carol: ‘Why Are You Crying?’ Lizzie: ‘Everything’
Back on the road to Terminus, the foursome take yet another break after what seems like 30 seconds of travel.
Carol and Tyreese investigate an abandoned house while Mika and Lizzie sit outside with Judith when a Walker comes barreling out of the house, just as Mika is admonishing her older sister for her naïvete, telling her that the Walkers aren’t people, they’re just dead. And whoa, baby’s first kill! Mika takes out her gun and shoots the Walker in the head. Looks like Carol got through to her!
“Why are you crying?” Carol asks. “Everything,” Lizzie replies. Seems about right. Hear ya, girl.
Now that the area is Walker-free, Tyreese is overjoyed — in his cautious, world-weary, nothing-matters kind of way — to be in an actual house with an actual living room. “So relax,” Mika tells him. Thanks, Mika, for that death knell! I assure you that I am, at this point, spoiler-free, and I can also assure you that somebody is about to die.
The next day, Lizzie is being chased by a young Walker, but she looks absolutely thrilled by it. Carol runs outside to stab the Walker in the head just in time, and Lizzie has a breakdown, yelling at Carol that they were “playing” that Carol “killed her” and crying that the Walker was her friend. You guys: Lizzie is not well. Emphatically not well.
Mother-daughter bonding time: Carol tries to get Mika to shoot a deer. Mika can’t do it. “At least there’s peaches!” Carol looks at her with exasperation — but not as much as she felt toward Mika’s insane elder sister after Lizzie’s Walker play date.
‘The Walking Dead’ Recap — Lizzie: ‘[The Walkers] Just Want Me To Change. Maybe I Should Change’
Oh, Jesus. Next we see Lizzie feeding mice to the Walker that Tyreese stopped her from killing. Lizzie, get it together! Mika catches her at it and tries to knock some sense into her sister, telling her, “they want to kill you.” “They just want me to change. Maybe I should change,” Lizzie says, putting her hand closer to the Walker. “I could make you all understand.” Lizzie, my god!! Out of nowhere, a horde of burned Walkers appear to chase the girls and Lizzie is suddenly no longer into being changed, running toward the house and screaming for Carol. You’re all talk, Lizzie!
They make it back just in time, and the girls join in on shooting the Walkers dead.
In the house, Carol continues in her futile effort to get through to Lizzie, asking her if she understands what the Walkers are, now. In a totally creepy, ominous fashion, Lizzie gives her the dead eyes and tells her, “I know. I know what I have to do now. I know.” I’m telling you: none of this bodes well!
Carol and Tyreese take a walk in the sunshine the next day, and they discuss the possibility of just staying at the house, holding off on going to Terminus. Tyreese starts to talk about how he dreams of Karen each night, and Carol looks like she severely wants to change the subject back to the house, Terminus, the weather, the Mets, literally anything. Carol, keep it cool! For most of the conversation, she can’t even make eye contact with the poor guy.
I am so stressed right now. Carol looks like she will crack any second. Oh, just kidding, their conversation is the literal least of anybody’s worries, because OH MY GOD, they make their way back to the house and Lizzie is covered in blood because she stabbed Mika, ahhh!!! Carol makes a move to take her knife, and Lizzie draws her gun: “No, we have to wait! I need to show you, you’ll see! You’ll finally get it! We have to wait!”
Carol ends up convincing Lizzie to hand over the gun, and suggests they take Judith inside. “But Judith can change too,” Lizzie says, “I was just about to–…” LIZZIE!!!
‘The Walking Dead’ Recap — Lizzie Fed Rats To The Walkers At The Prison
I mean, Lizzie’s days, hours, minutes, seconds are numbered, right? Carol is going to go all Kevorkian on Lizzie, yes? Tyreese figures out that it was Lizzie that was feeding rats to the Walkers in the prison and Carol looks utterly exhausted at the realization. Tyreese continues, saying that the rat they found in the tombs nailed to a board was Lizzie, too, that she was just “having fun,” — you know, as kids do! He goes on — maybe Lizzie killed Karen and David, too! “She would’ve let them turn,” Carol replies. “It wasn’t her.” Uh, Carol? That was your out. Right there.
Carol volunteers to take Lizzie away, away from Tyreese and Judith. She’s upset because she thinks she should have seen he crazy in Lizzie.
Lizzie begins to cry on a walk with Carol because she thinks Carol is mad at her, and she’s sorry that she pointed her gun at her, but Lizzie needed to make Carol wait and understand. As she starts to go into a fit, Carol implores her to look at the flowers — something that Mika used to tell her older sister to calm her down. “Just look at the flowers,” Carol repeats, and, crying, pulls out her gun and shoots Lizzie dead.
Tyreese watches from the window and it’s unclear whether he’s surprised or not. Maybe he’s just realized something about Carol, about the all-too necessary death toll?
Sobbing, Carol walks back to the house and sees the deer from earlier. Despite having her gun in hand, she doesn’t kill the deer — likely in poor Mika’s memory.
‘The Walking Dead’ Recap: Tyrese Forgives Carol
That night, Carol and Tyreese are sitting at the dining room table together. Carol pushes her gun toward Tyreese and admits that she killed Karen and David, tries to justify it by telling him that she did it to stop other people from dying. She tells him to do what he has to do. Tyreese goes for the gun, and Carol is resigned, repeating, “do what you have to do.”
Instead, Tyreese tells her, “I forgive you,” but that he’s never going to forget. What she did is a part of her now, and it’s a part of him, too. “We don’t need to stay. We can’t stay.” Gosh, these poor people. Tyreese was so happy to have a living room!
“The Grove” closes with Carol and Tyreese leaving their almost-home with a voiceover of Mika and Carol’s conversation from earlier. “I’m not afraid to kill. I’m just afraid.” New tagline for The Walking Dead?
Wow. What did you think of this emotional episode, HollywoodLifers? Did you see Lizzie’s crazy coming? Are you surprised by Tyreese’s forgiveness of Carol? And finally, my alternate headline was “Lizzie, Interrupted” — be honest, do you love that great play on words? Be sure to vote and comment below with your thoughts on “The Grove!”
— Amanda Michelle Steiner