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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

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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: Laura (2018) See more »


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The disturbing grove
2 October 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Had heard nothing but great things about 'The Walking Dead' from friends and IMDb reviewers. It took a while to get round to watching, both from being busy and also not being sure whether it would be my cup of tea. Finally getting round to it a few years ago and slowly working my way through it, having had a very long to watch and review list, 'The Walking Dead' turned out to be very much my cup of tea and as good as the hype made it out to be, have found it extremely addictive.

All the previous Season 4 episodes were for me decent to outstanding, though a few episodes are divisive. "The Grove" is easily one of Season 4's very best and one of the best of the show overall, a return to the tense, action-packed and gutsy kind of episode instead of the quieter action-light kind of episode. Also find it the best episode by quite some way since "Too Far Gone" and on that episode's level. It is yet again a strong reminder of how Seasons 1-5 of 'The Walking Dead' to me were absolutely brilliant and seeing the show in its full glory days (Season 6 was uneven, Season 7 was a huge disappointment and am still debating whether to watch Season 8). It is as emotional, complex and as tense as one would expect, at the same time it has adrenaline and guts.

It still shocks me at how an intelligent, well-made (so much so that it is easy to mistake it for a film) show about zombies could be made when so many films have tried and failed abysmally to do so.

Like all the episodes of the show, "The Grove" is incredibly well made in the production values, with gritty and audacious production design, photography of almost cinematic quality, effects that look good, have soul and are not overused or abused and pretty frightening make-up. The music is haunting and affecting, having presence but never being too intrusive.

The writing is intelligent and thought-provoking, not as talky as some of the previous episodes, with lots of tension and emotional resonance and shows signs of character complexity and multiple layer storytelling. The more eventful parts are thrilling and terrifying as well as uncompromising, lots of adrenaline and guts. The ending is deeply disturbing but also brought tears to my eyes, in terms of storytelling, "The Grove" is one of the darkest episodes up to this point of the show and overall.

Appreciated the ever strong and still progressing story, where a lot happens and full of different strands without being confused or over-stuffed, and character building, which the episode has a bigger emphasis on, and that the pace is rarely dull or rushed, with a taut intensity in the more tense parts. The character writing and the character interactions are what is particularly great here, Carol is the most interesting and most developed she was all season and Lizzie's behaviour is one of the episode's most shocking components.

Everything is nicely paced without rushing through the more important parts, much of it being very taut. The world building is already stunningly immersive and effective. Direction is smart and atmospheric while the show throughout has been strongly acted. Melissa McBride is superb here as Carol.

Overall, a Season 4 and 'The Walking Dead' high-point. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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