Originally Posted by DreadMagus
I'm sorry, I've read this five times - and I still don't see how what your saying applies to this situation. You're trying to apply reason and rationality to an emotional situation. It doesn't stand up.
Fact 1) Attachment will get you killed in a ZA - where anyone you love can and will try to kill you if they "die"
Fact 2) Lee's "job" is to train Clem to survive, knowing how to deal with Fact 1 is essential.
Also - you're overlooking the power of persuasion. Clem didn't want to, obviously, but Lee her mentor and surrogate father made her do it. The same way you make any kid who has an emotional bond do anything they don't want to. Persuasion.
For someone who claims military experience (iirc) you should know the value of morale. What exactly would it have done emotionally, to Clem, had she left Lee (her parent figure at that point) as a walker?
Don't overlook the fact she's still a nine year old little girl - 3 months into a ZA or not.
Fact 1) Clem already fully understands that walkers are dead people, she was able to simply leave her parents in the streets when she brings Lee inside. What does she say on the subject? "They're dead for sure".
Fact 2) This is partially covered by fact 1. Additionally, thousands of walkers outside + gunshot = bad idea.
Avoiding a threat entirely is just as good, if not better than dealing with it outright in her case. There's a reason state militaries have been teaching evasion and infiltration of some type for thousands of years.
Morale's also a pretty weak excuse, her morale's going to be at the bottom of the barrel no matter what she does. The kid understands that damn near everybody she cares about is dead.