Walking Dead star explains last night's shocking, 'devastating' decision

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Jan 25, 2016, 4:21 PM EST (Updated)

It goes without saying, but we’ll never look at flowers the same way again.

Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen last night’s The Walking Dead!

This was easily one of the best episodes of The Walking Dead's current season, focusing on the unlikely pairing of Tyreese (Chad L. Coleman) and Carol (Melissa McBride) and the two orphans Lizzie (Brighton Sharbino) and her younger sister Mika (Kyla Kenedy). 

More than anything, the episode served as a deep dive into how the zombie apocalypse can essentially warp your mind and soul, as Lizzie can’t comprehend that the zombies are actually bad and deadly. That leads to one of the saddest deaths to date in the series, as Lizzie stabs Mika to prove that she’ll come back and everything will be all right. 

It rips your heart out, and things get even darker when Lizzie still can’t comprehend that what she did was a bad thing. So, since no one can trust Lizzie not to knife baby Judith (or even Carol and Tyreese), Carol makes the almost unthinkable decision to put her down before she does any more damage. It’s brutal. Gut-wrenching. Heartbreaking.

After the episode aired, McBride sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to break down the decision and why it had to be done:

“It was something that had to be done in that world and under those circumstances; Lizzie in that world seemed inevitable. It would be impossible for Tyreese and Carol to move forward with Judith, who doesn't have any experience of the world before the apocalypse. It was so devastating for Carol to have to do that. Moving forward, Tyreese forgave Carol after she confessed to killing Karen. She put her fate in his hands and gave him the choice of, ‘Do you think that I'm worthy of living?’ He forgave her and he understood. That brings the whole humanity back. Moving forward, it's a new beginning…

No, I don't think there was really any other option. There's a lot of nature versus nurture going on in this episode to look at. As much as it broke Carol's heart to have to do this and to realize this had to be done. They were walking toward the flowers in that scene and Lizzie says, "You're mad at me and I'm sorry." You'd think she'd be sorry for stabbing her sister to death, but instead she's sorry for pointing gun at her, so she just doesn't get it.”

This wasn’t just one of the most brutal episodes of The Walking Dead, it was one of the most brutal episodes of television. Ever. It also shows just how far these characters have come, and this world has come, since season one. The full interview is well worth a read. Just bring some tissues.

Do you think Carol did the right thing?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)