'Walking Dead' Star Melissa McBride: The Apocalypse Nurtured Lizzie in the Worst Way
SPOILER ALERT: This interview contains storyline and character spoilers for "The Grove" episode of "The Walking Dead."
Still trying to digest "The Grove," Sunday's episode of "The Walking Dead"? It was a shocker, with what viewers had seen as troubling behavior by tween Lizzie turn into full-blown tragedy, as Lizzie killed her sister (and was about to kill baby Judith), leaving Carol and Tyreese to decide the only way to deal with Lizzie's sympathetic attitude about walkers was to kill her.
And then, Carol decided to 'fess up to Tyreese that she was the one who killed his girlfriend, Karen, back at the prison. All this in one episode, and not even the Season 4 finale — one more episode remains before the March 30 season ender.
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To delve further into one of the series' most devastating, but powerful episodes, Yahoo TV talked to star Melissa McBride about the latest crushing choice her character felt she had to make, how deep Lizzie's mental problems ran, how Carol will move on from this latest heartbreak, and how she thinks Carol would interact when, or if, she's reunited with her prison pals.
Carol (Melissa McBride) and Lizzie (Brighton Sharbino) in 'The Walking Dead'
Overwhelmingly, the fan reaction to what happened in "The Grove," specifically Carol's decision to kill Lizzie, has been positive. The majority of viewers feel it was the right choice, the only choice, Carol could have made.
I'm seeing some of that now, on Twitter. I can't think of what else Carol could have done, you know, putting myself where Carol was … I can't imagine trying to continue moving away from other people, trying to keep [them] safe. So that is kind of comforting to feel like people understand.
There also seems to be an appreciation that this wasn't a gratuitous death, that the story was meant to show that some people just can't survive this apocalyptic world.
Right, and it's sad, this apocalypse, that it would nurture a child like Lizzie in the worst way. It makes you wonder about her childhood pre-apocalypse, or earlier in the apocalypse … what happened, what are the traumas that she suffered early on? Maybe she missed her mother, and that led to this thing with wanting everyone to be a walker, to change, because she's lost people? Don't put them down, because that's, hypothetically, walkers, at least they were upright, and there was some interaction with them? And once you get them in the head, they're gone forever. What's so heartbreaking is that it was through no fault of her own that she was this way.