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'The Walking Dead': Lizzie's death leads to a new beginning

Melissa McBride plays Carol on "The Walking Dead"
Melissa McBride plays Carol on "The Walking Dead"Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Lizzie, a character on "The Walking Dead" that viewers were both concerned and infuriated with finally showed her true colors and what was going through her mind last Sunday. After she killed her sister and announced baby Judith was going to be next, Carol was left with no choice but to kill her. While it seems shocking to murder a child, as Lizzie grew up, she would just become worse and she put everyone's lives in danger. So now what is going to happen with Tyreese, Carol and baby Judith? On March 16, The Hollywood Reporter wrote about Carol's decision and revealed that the group will have a new beginning.

Warning: If you do not want to know possible spoilers for "The Walking Dead" season 4, then stop reading.

While it was heartbreaking for Carol to kill Lizzie, it was something that had to be done. She wasn't able to kill her daughter, Sophia, when she was found turned into a walker. She tried to run up to her, desperate to see her little girl, but that child was gone. However, that was last season and she has grown a lot since then. She has become stronger, but also hasn't lost her compassion. Melissa McBride, who plays Carol on the zombie series spoke about killing Lizzie and said,

“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.”

Now that the threat of Lizzie is over and fans know it was her that was feeding the walkers rats, just like viewers suspected, what is coming next? Melissa said that Lizzie's death and Tyreese forgiving Carol after she confessed to him allows the group to move forward. The actress commented,

"That brings the whole humanity back. Moving forward, it's a new beginning."

Even with a new beginning, losing Mika and Lizzie could change her. Carol compared the two and felt that they both didn't have a bad bone in their body. Both Mika and Sophia were innocent, good little girls. Even though viewers know that Lizzie was never "quite right," Carol cared for her, so her death is equally as hard. As anyone who has lost a loved one knows, those wounds are never fully closed. It affects people forever and sometimes changes them.

Mika's mom had a saying that everything works out just like it's supposed to. When she told Carol that in "The Grove" it made her stop and think. Now that the child is dead, it will probably be something she will remember and could be what helps close those wounds. McBride explains,

"... in the context of all that went down and thinking it was inevitable that these children would lose their lives because they couldn't do what it took to defend themselves. Mika said she couldn't and would never kill another person and she couldn't defend herself from her sister, either. It just seemed it was something that would be inevitable.”

So how are these deaths going to affect Carol in the future? Melissa responded,

“I'm really interested to see how her mindset is moving forward after this. You have Judith and it's like trying to figure out again how do we adapt to this world. You have children now who are coming up who aren't aware of the world before the apocalypse. They'll experience these horrible things and how does that redefine trauma when it's something that's commonplace?"

She added,

"For all I know, Lizzie could have been traumatized by her mother's death. Maybe that was the last thing her mother said to her — what is this thing about bringing the walkers back? This already hard-wired nature [that Lizzie had] to destroy animals and that sort of thing — that post-apocalyptic world would nurture that child in the worst way — specifically a child like her. Then you have children who are born into the apocalypse. It's going to be interesting. The children are the hope of the future and to protect them is so important to Carol.”

What do you think is going to happen with Carol and how she relates to children in the future? Do you think she will allow herself to get close to another child again or will she put up an emotional barricade to protect herself from any further pain?