9. Look At The Flowers
Episode 414 “The Grove”
Original Airdate: 3/16/2014
Submitted By: Wade Wainio
When Lizzie was introduced on the Walking Dead, hardly anyone would have guessed how dark her character would get. She is, without a doubt, one of the most mixed up, twisted little kids ever to appear on television.
How did she get there? In her mindset, the walkers are “just different” as opposed to an inherent threat. Unlike some naïve characters in zombie stories, Lizzie doesn’t want to change the walkers, or cure them. Instead, she views them as a superior and inevitable state of being. While this may seem outlandish to most people, to her it’s the ultimate way to make sense of the new world. She also did not hate them, and fed them rats through the prison fence. Yuck!
This is why, in “The Grove,” Lizzie not only kills her own sister (while sparing her brain so she can reanimate), but also threatens to kill baby Judith! For obvious reasons, Carol was not going to let such craziness continue. So, in a bleak and devastating scene, Carol takes Lizzie outside and instructs her “Just look at the flowers, Lizzie,” and shoots her in the head.
It’s a moment that was both praised and condemned. Some felt it was amazing, and others thought it went way too far. However, it should be remembered that crazy understandings of the world do occur. In fact, arguably everybody is seen as crazy by someone. So, when we look at Lizzie and look at the flowers ourselves, it should be remembered that we can see throgh other people’s eyes. However, it’s often safer to do that from a distance, from the comfort of one’s own home, through the magic of art.
Lizzie will not be missed by most. She wasn’t entirely missed by Carol, either.