|The Walking Dead character|
|First appearance||"30 Days Without an Accident"|
|Last appearance||"The Grove"|
|Portrayed by||Brighton Sharbino|
Fictional character biography
Lizzie Samuels first appears as a recurring character in season 4. Lizzie is Ryan's daughter and Mika's sister.
Lizzie was first seen in the fourth season premiere "30 Days Without an Accident" with other children naming zombies, which leads to Carl Grimes telling her that they are not people, that they are not pets, and that they eat people, concluding with telling her not to name them. Lizzie appears later at storytime. In the episode "Infected", during the outbreak her father is bitten, and before dying he asks Carol to look after his daughters. Lizzie expresses intentions to stab his corpse in the head to prevent reanimation but is emotionally unable to. Carol stabs the girls' father instead, and later tells Lizzie she is weak and needs to toughen up. In the episode "Isolation", Lizzie gets the flu and is forced into quarantine. Carol is disturbed by Lizzie's apparently personal connection with walkers. In the episode "Indifference", Carol talks to Lizzie before departing with Rick, and Lizzie accidentally calls her "mom". In the episode "Internment", when some infected residents succumb to the virus and reanimate, Lizzie rescues Glenn from a walker by leading it away. After being treated with medicine, she plays with Glenn's blood. In the mid-season finale episode "Too Far Gone", when The Governor attacks the prison, Lizzie convinces the other children to help in the battle. She and Mika carry Rick's baby daughter Judith and rescue Tyreese from two of The Governor's soldiers – shooting Tara's girlfriend Alisha in the head – after which she escapes from the prison with the children and Tyreese.
In the episode "Inmates", Lizzie, Mika and Tyreese are shown to have been separated from Molly and Luke, although they still have Judith. Lizzie kills a group of rabbits, and during a walker attack she covers Judith's mouth to try to stop her from crying but nearly smothers the baby. Carol finds the children, and then takes them to Tyreese. In the episode "The Grove", Lizzie shows great distress when walkers are killed while she, Mika, Tyreese, Carol, and Judith are staying at an abandoned farm. She believes that walkers are "just different" and want her to "feel the way they feel" rather than kill living humans. After Carol and Tyreese come back to the farmhouse after gathering food in the woods, they see that Lizzie has stabbed Mika to death. Lizzie tells Tyreese and Carol that she has spared Mika's brain, so that she will come back as a walker, and asks them - at gunpoint - to leave Mika's body alone. Carol later kills Lizzie after taking her outside to "look at the flowers" to distract and calm her. The looking at the flowers occurred several times in the episode before Lizzie's death; this was used as a technique to help her feel relaxed each time she became distraught over the death of a walker. Tyreese reveals that Lizzie had admitted to being the one at the prison who fed rats to walkers at the fence (as seen in "Infected") and who dissected the rabbit that Tyreese found in the tombs (as seen in "Too Far Gone").
Development and reception
Marciela Gonzalez of Entertainment Weekly described Lizzie in the episode "Inmates" as "cold and steely" and notes that when walkers approach, "Mika calls out for Lizzie's help, but Lizzie is too busy smothering Judith to death."
Paul Vigna of the Wall Street Journal commented on the cynicism of the episode "The Grove", saying "Of all the sick, demented things that have happened in the zombie apocalypse on The Walking Dead, it's hard to imagine any as shocking and sad as seeing insane little Lizzie standing over the sister she just stabbed to death, no concept of what she'd just done, fully expecting her to "come back." Carol being forced to kill Lizzie was a close second."
- Gonzalez, Marciela (February 17, 2014). "'The Walking Dead' recap: Lost and Found". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 22, 2014.
- Vigna, Paul (March 16, 2014). "‘The Walking Dead,’ Season 4, Episode 14, ‘The Grove’: TV Recap". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved March 16, 2014.