As many would agree. The little girls of The Walking Dead have put the spice into these five seasons. Let's face it, they've had the best episodes of each season when it comes to drama and graphics and emotions being yanked. I've commented on other threads and posts that I "wish" there would be a series of "Lord of the Flies" type of episodes where there is a village of living youth and children who are ruling and surviving. Yes, a type of "Children of the Corn" society.
I'm glad The Walking Dead saw the importance of these little girls because think about it: past movies that have really impacted you with a high scare factor involved little girls. The Exorcist, Poltergeist and of course, the mother of all Walker movies, Night of the Living Dead. When I first saw Night of the Living Dead as a child of the '70s, the thing that "scared" me the most was, of course, the little girls!
I realize there has been chatter and debate about why little girls have died on The Walking Dead and not little boys. I think because little girls are sweet and adorable that the total opposite of that for them, makes them extra creepy. Beautiful flowing hair becomes rigid and spider-like. The candy cuteness becomes a creepy doll nightmare. This is clearly seen in the first Walking Dead little lady star, Summer, a.k.a. "Little Girl."
Summer (Little Girl)
The next special sweetheart we got a bit more attached to was Carol's daughter! Sophia caused us to long for her as everyone searched for her, as though we were all Carol. Even though some of us knew what was going to happen or sensed the inevitable, our hearts might as well have been torn apart by a walker as we see her, the last one out of the barn, walking those classic walker steps only to meet her demise.
Penny, in my opinion, had the greatest of creepy walker faces to date! We didn't get to see her alive but boy did we see her dead! Her little gnashing of teeth was half cute, half horrid. Even though she was already dead, it's probably the only time you feel any kind of emotion for what The Governor might have went through before he lost her. That final picture of Michonne thrusting her through the mouth with her katana was pure horror.
Meghan was too sweet for her own good. I hope this isn't morbid but I chuckled a bit when a muddy walker, so strong he could crawl out of thick mud and bite real deep into a shoulder with his sharp rotten mouth, ended her little life. Even when she got bitten, I thought I saw a half ticklish smile. I think she had fun dying.
To date, Lizzie and Mika are The Walking Dead Little Lady Princesses. Their presence on the show was phenomenal. They obviously worked well together as well as with the others. That truth was brought to the forefront as I heard Brighton Sharbino and Kyla Kennedy (Lizzie and Mika) share on a panel at Tampa Bay Comic Con. On the show, they gave us a bit of mystery. Lizzie creeped us out from the start with naming walkers, feeding walkers, leading walkers and finally playing tag with a walker and never dropped character! Mika remained the sugar and spice lovely girl yet held some strength in not letting Carol bend her thinking. Season 4's episode "The Grove" was so artistically well-done, I'm so glad it happened; but there was definitely a hole in the show as it moved on to the end of that season. (Spoiler for those not caught up with Season 5) In episode one of Season 5, it was so good to have them show up to greet Tyreese as he began to move on with them.
Now what about Judith? or the Judiths? I think I yell at the TV the most when she may be in immediate danger! When will there be more children? Bravo to all these young ladies who have made this show even better and more exciting than we could have imagined. Without them, this show would really be dead!
Be sure to check out the new Poltergeist movie coming out which has Lizzie's (Brighton Sharbino's) big sister in it, Saxon Sharbino.