If you havent' seen Sunday night's episode of "The Walking Dead," then that's probably why you aren't walking around red-eyed and shellshocked today. Anyone who hasn't caught up yet, should stop reading now. Go have a nice, festive St. Patrick's Day.
Everyone else will be spending the day trying to recover from the particularly bleak doings on "The Grove," a.k.a. the "Of Mice and Men" episode in which the series said goodbye to two of its child actors in particularly brutal fashion.
In the course of the story, Lizzie Samuels (Brighton Sharbino) revealed herself to be completely off her rocker as a result of the traumas life had inflicted upon her. She had found herself sympathizing with the walkers, viewing them not as existential threats, but just like us. Only different. The full extent of her madness led to Lizzie killing her own sister, Myka (Kyla Kenedy), in order to watch her resurrect as a walker.
Faced with the prospect of continuing to travel with a potential danger to her life and the life of little baby Judith, Carol (Melissa McBride) made the devastating decision to execute Lizzie. That's right, two sweet-faced young girls were dispatched in one hour of TV.
Understandably, fans were quite upset and used social media as a form of group therapy after the fact.
Motion City Soundtrack singer Justin Pierre quoted Carol's fateful words with his tweet, "12+ hours later I am still haunted by the following words from last night's episode of @WalkingDead_AMC: 'Just look at the flowers.'"
Scott Simmons, creative director of ScareHouse in Philadelphia, may be a little jaded from his experience with manipulating audience fears when he commented, "Every episode of Walking Dead: outlook looked grim, then there was a moment of hope, then it got even worse and something shocking happened."
College recruiter Jake Holland was on the road in a hotel, where he captured video evidence of his emotional reaction to the episode, viewable here.
Florida once again offered up a brutal assessment via ad man Erik Vina who wrote, "It's probably the cruel wasteland marauder in me, but I would have Old Yellered that child the moment I sensed something wrong."
Photographer Eric Carroll wrote, "seriously bummed. Damn what an episode. Walking Dead you absolute heartbreaker."
But perhaps the feelings of everyone were best summed up by Chris Webby, who wrote, "Damn yo, Walking Dead was pretty heavy tonight."