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Wow did things really happen this episode! Here we were left on this Carol cliffhanger last episode seeing her fighting her way through the Walkers into the Kingdom thinking “Hey, I think this means new old Carol is going to be back”.
This episode was more like the breaking of Morgan than the rise of the Carol I’ve been waiting to see, waiting to see for far too long now. Morgan has worked so hard to become this thing first, look for an alternative to killing, kind of peaceful man and all it took was this kind of well thought out plan by Richard… too bad it backfired.
Side note it took me the whole season to figure out Richard’s name and now he’s dead.
So we wait for how long to see the light go off and for Morgan to realize that his peaceful, hopeful way of acting and thinking just doesn’t work like 93% of the time in this world. As the episode went on and the awesomeness that was Benjamin continued I had this inky feeling that nothing good was going to happen to him when the episode was over. And watching the sort of father-son relationship that was building between Benjamin and Morgan you knew that if anything happened to the kid Morgan was not going to take it well.
So all these weird ‘coincidences’ happening on delivery day lead up to Benji getting shot and then Richard unleashing his sad past. This time you have the right audience and the right story Richard, unfortunately, you chose a very, very bad time to try and flip Morgan.
I’m sure if you would have told Morgan your story about standing back and doing nothing and then watching your wife burn and your daughter starve (I think) he could have been swayed a lot quicker. And then end result I think is Morgan wanting to fight, it’s hard to tell at this point as he has his angry man cry in the lonely cabin.
My poor, sweet, moral compass Benji and poor well-intentioned (?) Richard
Benjamin… what a great potential character. He kind of went the way of Beth. Here we see this character who is young and adapts to the world the way that it is now. He accepts that sometimes peace isn’t always the way and sometimes force needs to happen. Kind of like the perfect mix of Carol and Morgan. But not even having that fight inside you can stop some douchey Savior from thinking his big shit and shooting you in the leg, killing you.
Richard, in theory, had a good plan. Although first, he tried to use Carol as the go to catalysis to ignite King Ezekiel’s want to fight the Saviors this time around he was planning on sacrificing himself all in the name of the Kingdom. Well, mission kind of succeeded.
Could Richard have been giving Morgan the go ahead to sacrifice him in front of the Saviors when he said “the day is coming when you can’t be that good? When it happens don’t beat yourself up.” Maybe he knew that loosing Benji and returning the lost cantaloupe wasn’t going to be enough to get the Saviors to think that they would follow the rules again or he just didn’t realize how nutty Morgan was before he found his Zen.
I know Richard has had some not so good plans but really the intent has always been to get his King and people to want to fight and defend themselves even if the cost had been his own life. So in a horrible round-about-way, he succeeded. I’m just a little unclear on which Morgan we are going to be getting now.
The King and his Kingdom
We see how truly beautiful the Kingdom was in this episode. Not even just the place itself but the people and the families that are learning and growing inside of it. I mean I can see why Richard was so willing to lay down his life to protect something so beautiful in a world full of yuck.
Carol on the move
Was it that Carol was just sick of being the lonely woman on the outside of town, did Benji and all the other sweet Kingdom-ites finally win her over with their charm, was it Jerry’s cobbler, or was it Morgan finally revealing the truth behind the Saviors. Whatever it was Carol is finally ready to rejoin society and possibly take on her role as scary teacher, once more.
With the King finally on board, finally getting Carol back and getting crazed Morgan will the Kingdom be able to regroup after their loss of Benjamin and revelation of Richard to join forces and truly take on the Saviors. I just hope that Morgan can find his way before the decent into madness consumes him.
And ‘That’s a Wrap’ for “Bury Me Here.”