'The Walking Dead': Did the show go too far?

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Creator Robert Kirkman said a lot of things about Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead when he spoke to Entertainment Weekly. He said it was going to be “big.” He said you “absolutely had to watch.” And he said “it’s definitely one people are going to talk about.” Now we know why. [SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead.]

If you thought Carol had a zero-tolerance attitude when she killed and burned two bodies back at the prison to stop the spread of a deadly virus, tonight she went truly sub-zero. The insanity began when little Lizzie stabbed and killed her sister Mika to prove that she would come back to life, leaving Carol to knife Mika’s brain to stop her from coming back as a zombie. She and Tyreese then had to decide what to do with Lizzie, with Carol saying that, “We can’t sleep with her and Judith under the same roof. She can’t be around other people.” And with that, Carol walked Lizzie outside, told her to “look at the flowers,” and then put a bullet in her brain. And then, to make things even CRAZIER, Carol followed that up by confessing to Tyreese that she killed his girlfriend Karen and David. (He forgave her.)

There are pretty direct parallels to The Walking Dead comic book, in which a boy named Ben — after torturing and killing a cat — stabs his brother Billy, believing that he will come back to life after he dies. While the group debates what to do with Ben, Carl sneaks into the van where he was being held and kills him to protect the rest of the group. Pretty gruesome stuff, but not the type of stuff you see on national TV. Until now, that is.

The episode began with Carol warning Tyreese about both of the girls she had “adopted” — saying that Lizzie had a warped perception of the walkers (“She doesn’t see what they are”), while as for Mika: “She’s worse. She doesn’t have a mean bone in her body.” Carol then told Mika she had to toughen up, but the tyke wanted no part of it, saying, “I can’t kill people. I can never do that.” Okay, but at least she doesn’t play tag with a zombie. Lizzie was doing just, causing Carol to run out to stab the walker in the face, and causing psycho Lizzie to scream out, “You killed her! You killed her! She was my friend and you killed her.” First off, worst friend ever. Secondly, what the hell?!?

Then it got worse, as Lizzie started feeding a zombie on the train tracks (basically outing her as the one doing it back at the prison) while sticking her hand out to get bit and telling her sister that “They just want me to change to feel like them…. I can make you all understand it.” She tried to do just that by stabbing her sister later, leaving Carol with a terrible decision to make. And then she made it.

Did Carol do the right thing? And did the show go too far by murdering two children? Hit the message boards to weigh in and stay tuned for our full recap going up soon.

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