Walking Dead
The Grove

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We Need to Talk About Lizzie

So now it's just the three of them in the house that night, Carol and Tyreese sitting despondently over a jigsaw puzzle at the kitchen table while Judith presumably sleeps somewhere out of sight. Carol slides the revolver across to Tyreese, who looks up at her curiously. After a pause, she says, "I killed Karen and David." She says she had to stop the illness, and stop other people from dying. Which clearly worked out great. "It wasn't Lizzie. It wasn't a stranger. Tyreese, it was me." Tyreese looks more upset than he has all episode, and Carol tells him, "Do what you have to do." Obviously earlier today, when Tyreese was going on about how he knows and trusts Carol and the girls, he had no idea that half of them were killers. Instead of the gun, Tyreese grips the edges of the table. "Did she know what was happening?" he whispers. "Was she scared?" Carol shakes her head. "It was quick?" he asks. Carol says it was. Tyreese puts his hand on the gun, and Carol repeats, "Do what you have to do." Tyreese does; he removes his hand from the gun and breathes, "I forgive you." He says he'll never forget; "It happened. You did it. You feel it. I know you do. It's a part of you now. Me too." But he repeats that he forgives her. Carol thanks him, and Tyreese says they don't need to stay, and in fact they can't. He took that amazingly well. Were it me, I would have at the very least put Carol on permanent diaper duty.

The next morning, the house shows every sign of being abandoned. The tray of roasted pecans is nearly empty, there's no one in the yard, the kettle is quiet and cold, and Griselda Gunderson lies forgotten near the hearth. In voice-over, we hear Carol before her last run with Rick telling Lizzie not to be afraid, and to fight the fear. Yeah, turns out that an excess of fear was the opposite of Lizzie's problem. Tyrese and Carol walk off the property with their stuff, which I have to assume includes Judith, though I can't see what they're carrying her in. They head back to the tracks and continue the long walk to Terminus, oblivious to the still-moving walker Lizzie left stuck to the tracks. It's an appropriate legacy she left behind there. Goddamn moron.

M. Giant is a Minneapolis-based writer with a wife, a son, and a number of cats that seems to have settled at around two. Learn waaaay too much about him at Velcrometer, or just e-mail him at m.giant[at]gmail.com.

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