Have you recovered from tonight's The Walking Dead episode yet? Season 4, Episode 14: "The Grove" was one of the darker episodes of the series. Lizzie Samuels (Brighton Sharbino) finally lived up to her full potential of being violent and delusional, and stabbed her sister, Mika Samuels (Kyla Kenedy) to death — and would've taken out Judith, too, if Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) and Tyreese (Chad Coleman) hadn't caught her in time. After diffusing the situation, Carol and Tyreese come to a tough decision: Lizzie needs to go. Carol, while asking Lizzie to "look at the flowers," quickly takes Lizzie out with a shot to the head.
Of course, Carol didn't want to kill Lizzie — she tells Lizzie she loves her before doing the deed, and she means it. They're all living in a much different world, though, and the moral code's different. So, the big question is: did Carol make the right call?
Lizzie didn't know what she did was wrong, which could prove the point either way. One could say she didn't deserve to be punished (although her death was quick and, presumably, painless), but it also indicates that it'd be really hard to rehabilitate her, taking resources that just aren't available in this new world — while leaving baby Judith unsafe.
It's possible that Lizzie needed more time to grieve for her late father, Ryan Samuels, who died of a walker bite in Season 4, Episode 2: "Infected." But time is definitely a luxury item after the Turn.
We could argue this til we're blue in the face, so y'all should take it to the comments — after voting in our poll below. Did Carol do the right thing when she shot Lizzie?
The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. on AMC.