The Walking Dead

Season 4 Episode 14

The Grove

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 16, 2014 on AMC
8.8
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Tyreese, Carol and the girls continue on their journey to Terminus. During the journey, they stop at a farm to rest and deal with their ever changing situation.

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  • The best episode of this season so far

    10
    The best episode of this season so far. Well written and totally unexpected.
  • The Grove

    7.5
    Given who was in this episode I thought it would not worked, but it turned out to be a well-told story, reminiscent of an early 20th Century novel. Solid acting, heartbreaking almost at times, definitely better than what The Walking Dead usually gives us.
  • Gut wrenching

    9.5
    Best episode of the series so consideration for Melissa McBride
  • The 2nd best episode of season 4!

    9.0
    Great episode, great acting from all actors in that show mostly Melissa McBride's acting skills. Altho's it is a mystery to me why Lizzie chose this episode to snap other than any other's it didn't take away the brilliance of that episode. The only episode i've enjoyed besides ''Live Bait'' and ''Dead Weight''.
  • The Grove

    9.0
    This week's Walking Dead showed us what I thought very might be my least favorite pairing: that of Tyrese, Carol, baby Judith, and Lizzie and Mika. Coming upon a house on their way to Terminus sets in motion one of the stronger hours of the season as they decide whether to settle down or not in their slightly newfound sanctuary. The formula for this is all too familiar as we've seen a lot in Season 4B the survivors split up, find a place, decide to stay, then walkers or something invade or goes wrong and they go to Terminus. This is all except in Glen and Tara's case of course but it begins to look tired seeing the same misfortunes befall the same group that we know is going to end up finding each other at the given sanctuary because that's just how TV works. Written by mister Scott Gimple himself the episode tackled some big thematic problems the season has been dealing with at large such as the young's relationship with the walkers and unforgivable decisions such as how Carol killed Karen and the fallout with Tyrese. The big scenes this week were the fence shootout and Lizzie killing her sister, knife fresh with blood, as Tyrese and Carol return from a perimeter check. The chilling added bit about "Judith being next" was haunting and I begged Lizzie to give up the knife along with Carol and Tyrese. The rest of the episode is straight out of old yeller, since Lizzie had previously been playing with a walker in the backyard before Carol ruined playtime by jamming a knife into Lizzie's new friend (not a successful first play-date mind you). Of course before this Tyrese was speaking about how Karen haunted his every dream and who killed her would meet death at his hands and we saw the anguish in Carol's face as she yearned to confess to it. The events that unfolded afterwards changed everything as Tyrese and Carol struggle to the discovery that Lizzie can't be around other people, even if they made it to Terminus she would be a danger to others. Carol's "look at the flowers" bit while she put a bullet into Lizzie's head was really hard to watch and Lizzie only thinking that Carol was mad at her made it even harder to watch. Then Carol dropped the bomb amidst the gloom and threw caution to the wind and confessed to Tyrese that she killed Karen and that she thought it would protect the rest of the group. Tyrese, had he not been complicit in what they deemed a necessary murder of a young girl just then, would've killed Carol had she confessed sooner but it made perfect sense that he now knew the weight of the consequences such an impossible decision could weigh on someone. It was also good to hear that one of the girls was behind the feeding of the walkers with the mice at the beginning of the season and that her warped view of them was what led to her downfall. A very tragic one-shot episode that hit the season arc right on the head. I just hope next week, with the finale bowing the week after, that we get a bit more setup and reach Terminus and find out what all the hullaballoo is all about.moreless
Chad L. Coleman

Chad L. Coleman

Tyreese

Recurring Role

Brighton Sharbino

Brighton Sharbino

Lizzie Samuels

Recurring Role

Kyla Kenedy White

Kyla Kenedy White

Mika Samuels

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The song playing in the pre-credits opening sequence is "Maybe" by The Ink Spots. It is also featured in other post-apocalyptic fiction, namely in the role-playing video game series Fallout.

    • There were nine confirmed Walker deaths on the show. Carol had the most kills with three.

    • Carol's handgun is a .38 Caliber Colt Cobra. It is the same type of handgun used to kill Lee Harvey Oswald.

    • After Carol kills the Walker that came after the girls, Mika tells Lizzie to count to three and look at the flowers. The first time Mika had Lizzie do this was when Carol had to kill their father in the episode "Infected".

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  • NOTES (3)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Finland: March 17, 2014 on Fox
      Sweden: April 6, 2014 on Kanal 9


    • Although credited, Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes), Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon), Steven Yeun (Glenn Rhee), Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene), Chandler Riggs (Carl Grimes), Danai Gurira (Michonne), Emily Kinney (Beth Greene), Sonequa Martin Green (Sasha) & Lawrence Gilliard, Jr. (Bob Stookey) do not appear in this episode.

    • In the scene where Carol tells Tyreese she killed Karen and Dave, there is a puzzle on the table. If completed, it would have formed a picture of Sophia in her rainbow shirt.

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