The Walking Dead (2010– )
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The Grove 

Carol has to cope with old secrets and Lizzie's psychotic behavior when she, Tyreese and the girls take refuge in a vacant house on the way to Terminus.


Frank Darabont (developed by), Robert Kirkman (based on the series of graphic novels by) | 3 more credits »





Episode complete credited cast:
Andrew Lincoln ... Rick Grimes (credit only)
Norman Reedus ... Daryl Dixon (credit only)
Steven Yeun ... Glenn Rhee (credit only)
Lauren Cohan ... Maggie Rhee (credit only)
Chandler Riggs ... Carl Grimes (credit only)
Danai Gurira ... Michonne (credit only)
Melissa McBride ... Carol Peletier
Emily Kinney ... Beth Greene (credit only)
Chad L. Coleman ... Tyreese Williams
Sonequa Martin-Green ... Sasha Williams (credit only)
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. ... Bob Stookey (credit only)
Brighton Sharbino ... Lizzie Samuels
Kyla Kenedy ... Mika Samuels


Carol, Tyreese, Lizzie, Mika and baby Judith come across an abandoned house. They move in and Tyreese begins to think that perhaps they don't have to make their way to Terminus but can just settle there. Carol comes around to thinking the same. She's worried about Lizzie however who doesn't seem to realize that zombies aren't just a different kind of people nor how dangerous they are. Lizzie seems to come around after an attack by the walkers but events force Carol to take drastic action. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Drama | Horror | Thriller


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Official Sites:

Official iTunes Season 4





Release Date:

16 March 2014 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Newnan, Georgia, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


This episode starts off in the kitchen with the song "Maybe" from The Ink Spots playing in the background. This, along with many other 1950's songs, has been used in the Fallout video game franchise which is also set in a post-apocalyptic setting. See more »


Throughout her time with Lizzie, Carol seems oblivious that she saw walkers able to think (like using a rock to break windows) and have mindfulness (like sitting patiently in church pews). In addition, the Greene family (which includes a veterinarian) and Michonne were keeping their own walker loved ones alive. It's as if Carol has forgotten that adults too have believed there is more left inside the walkers. Carol never asks Lizzie why she believed what she did, or if she had seen walkers do even more.

Tyreese can't grasp Lizzie's points either. Early on, Rick saw a little girl walker that noticed her lost stuffed animal, picked it up, and held on to it. He also saw another walker peer at a peephole and understand that turning a doorknob could open a door. Still another walker knew it was agile enough to climb a fence. It's as if Tyreese was never told by Rick and the others about such significant (and critical to be aware of) walker behavior/abilities. Much of what Lizzie was saying about them was accurate, yet she is treated as if she doesn't know what she is talking about. See more »


[first lines]
Carol Peletier: [Carol and Lizzie sit together in the middle of the night] You can sleep, Lizzie.
Lizzie Samuels: I'm okay. If there's trouble, I can take Judith. I can help.
Carol Peletier: You really think you can help me?
Lizzie Samuels: I know I can, Ma'am.
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Referenced in Talking Dead: Good Out Here (2018) See more »


Written by Allan Flynn and Frank Madden
Performed by The Ink Spots
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The Best Episode of The Walking Dead
14 November 2019 | by kingstokenSee all my reviews

Arguably the best episode of The Walking Dead ever, most definitely the best episode not to feature Rick or Daryl. The story is contained to just one small group, Carol, Tyreese, Lizzie and Mika, and I think could be absolutely be watched alone, independently from the rest of the show, most of it has the feeling of a separate film. Using children in horror is hardly a new trope, but the way this episode does it is scary, but ultimately sad, focusing on a child that under ideal modern circumstances would have had a chance to get the help she desperately needed, but in the zombie apocalypse there are no good options. Melissa McBride gives the performance of her career, as Carol having to make some heartbreaking choices. Chad L. Coleman also gives an underrated, but brilliant performance, as a man with a heart who is unsure and conflicted.

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