The Walking Dead: The Grove Review (Mania.com)

By:Hanso
Review Date: Monday, March 17, 2014
Source: Mania.com

Finally, after what seemed like forever, we get questions answered and a great episode probably the second best of the season behind the mid season finale, although we have to wait how the final two episodes play out.

 

Coming into the episode it seemed we were destined for another boring and meaningless 50 minutes withTyrese, Carol, and the girls while the show inched us closer to Terminus.  However, right from the jump you knew something would be going down because they brought up Sophia and linked her to Mica with the whole “no mean bone in her body.”  

 

Let’s just stick to the three main things that happened here:

 

(1) We finally learn that Lizzie was the one feeding the rats to the walkers back in the prison.  Not surprising, everyone pretty much had that figured out.  She’s also cleared of killing Tyrese’s girl and that other bloke who no one remembers.  As we see throughout the episode, Lizziesees the walkers as people instead of the flesh -eating zombies that they are.  She plays tag with them, feeds them rats, with no worries about being bitten at all.  Hell she even thinks about being bitten and turning.  Everyone else in the group thinks she’s completely nuts but she just wants them to understand the walkers and she’s got a fool proof plan on how to get them to do it.

 

(2) Lizzie goes full psycho and kills her sister so Carol & Tyrese can gain appreciation of walkers.  Poor Judith was next if Carol & Tyrese hadn’t shown up.  Even though they didn’t show her do it, it was still shocking to see a kid murder another kid.

 

After that, Carol & Tyrese have to make a tough call, let that psycho sleep with them or put a bullet through her brain.  When they are discussing what to do with Lizzie,Tyrese suspects that it was Lizzie that killed Karen and the other guy but Carol states Lizzie would’ve let them turned so it wasn’t her.  Carol clears Lizzie but doesn’t confess toTyrese just yet.  The two of them decide that Lizzie mustdie as she can’t be around other people.  The show then gives us their version Of Mice & Men as Carol takes Lizzie to “look at the flowers” aka I’m going to kill you.  Poor Carol, she’s lost Sophia, and now these two girls.  No wonder she’s so ice cold.

 

(3) After all the trauma Carol has had to endure, it seems she can no longer take on that weight and givesTyrese her gun and confesses it was her that killed Karen. At that moment Carol was prepared to die and didn’t care, but instead of committing suicide she lets Tyrese be the one that makes the call if she lives or dies.  Now, if this had happened prior to Lizzie killing Mica, Tyrese probably ends Carol right then there.  However, because it happened afterwards and Tyrese was responsible as much as Carol in the death of Lizzie, he understood that what was done was for the better of the group.  Thus, he forgives Carol and they make their way to Terminus along with baby Judith.

 

Final random thought, the smoke Tyrese & Carol spot on the way to the house, is it from Terminus, Daryl’s new friends or The Others’ coming to take Danielle’s baby?

 

What did you guys think of the episode?  Leave your thoughts below.



Mania Grade: A
Episode: The Grove (Season 4, Episode 14)
Starring: Melissa McBride, Chad L. Coleman, Brighton Sharbino, Kyla Kenedy
Written By: Based on characters created by Robert Kirkman
Directed By: Series created by Frank Darabont
Network: AMC
Studio: American Movie Classics (AMC), Circle of Confusion, Valhalla Motion Pictures
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