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I actually think Mika...

…would have survived in this world if it weren’t for Lizzie.  She was fast, smart, and a very good shot for someone new at fighting.  And she honestly reminded me of Beth in her ability to look past the tragedies in her life and see the bright side in each situation.  She could bounce back from the hardship with a smile and appreciate the little things, but she still wasn’t blind to the dangers around her.

Yes, she didn’t want to kill people, but I don’t think that made her notably weak.  She still knew that people could be dangerous, and would run/hide/do what she could to escape if she knew she was in danger from them.  The fact that she was smart enough to recognize that the world made people what they were shows that she had a great understanding of human nature, and would generally be able to detect threats early on and use that to her advantage.  She was the only one who realized how messed up Lizzie was, after all, though no one listened to her warnings.  Yes, maybe you need to be strong to survive, but as we saw a couple of weeks ago in “Still”, you also need compassion and understanding, or what’s the point of living?

Anyway, this kid would have grown up to be an amazing person.  I came to completely love her this episode, and it makes me ridiculously sad that she’s gone.

RIP Mika

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I honestly feel that the amount of hatred being directed towards Lizzie is a little insensitive. It’s pretty damn obvious that this character was suffering from some type of mental illness that she was dealing with even before everything started and the fact that the fans are being so ignorant and cruel towards that character is pretty disgusting.

Mika and Lizzie

Mika’s death was heartbreaking, everyone agrees

But so was Lizzie’s.

She was twisted and disturbed beyond help

but she had that in her before the walkers came

She was a child with a serious psychosis that was exacerbated by the zombie apocalypse

I’m not trying to defend her actions by any means

but no matter how twisted she was, or what she did, she was still a mentally ill child

And that’s always heartbreaking.

"The Grove" was such a beautifully written episode

The foil between Lizzy and Mika- and the sort of strange, amazing capacity for compassion both girls have, just in different ways.

The symbolism of the fire and the puzzle.

THE PUZZLE BEING A PUZZLE OF SOPHIA IN HER RAINBOW TSHIRT- THANKS FOR THE FEELS TALKING DEAD.

THE FORESHADOWING.

The comparisons between Mika and Sophia.

The parallels between what Carol went through with Sophia and what she went through with Mika and Lizzie.

The developing relationship between Tyreese and Carol.

Those freaking quotes from Mika and the way Lizzie avoided answering Carol’s question, “Do you understand now?”

The enTIRE LAST FIFTEEN MINUTES OF THE EPISODE AND CAROLS ENDING CONVERSATION WITH LIZZIE.

And the actresses for Lizzie(Brighton Sharbino) and Mika(Kyla Kennedy) are so wonderful and so BRIGHT. Especially Kyla! She was so articulate and insightful in the interview with her! Definitely following her career!