Let me just say that I was thrilled for this episode! After the horrifying premiere, episode 2, ‘The Well‘, was a breathe of fresh air! This season of The Walking Dead is shaping up nicely.
We finally got to meet him. The King, Ezekiel. And his beautiful tiger. Yes, a tiger, named Sheva. Well we have good guys, bad guys, walkers, and now a tiger! She is a CGI wonder, and she is beautiful! She does roar, and for those of you who don’t know, yes, tigers do roar. More about Sheva in a little bit.
After all the hoopla and stink about the first episode, this was a very nice relaxing change. Somewhat comic in places, but really nice. We finally got to see Morgan and ‘our’ Carol again. (If you didn’t already know it, I LOVE Carol!) After season 6 ended, we had wondered if the Kingdom guys, were able to get Carol and Morgan to the community. She was in desperate need of medical care. Morgan did not leave her side for a moment. During her travel in the cart, they encountered a hoard of walkers. At this point, Carol, who is most likely suffering from PTSD, viewed them as the people they were before. Her mind kept wandering and as the walkers were being killed, they turned human again. She is really in need of some mental help, that is no lie.
Morgan has the feels for Carol, I think she pisses him off more than anything, but he did not leave her. He helped get her to safety. When she wakes up 2 days later, he is sitting by her bed. He takes her out in the wheelchair, to meet their new friends. And oh what a joyous and funny thing that was to see. As he told her about the man, she still is in her no trust mode. I don’t blame her there, but when she finally sees, her eyes widen, Morgan regrets to not telling her about the tiger. Her look was epic. Right away she went into the ‘Susie Homemaker’ mode and played along. All the while you could tell her mind was going. I loved it!
Ezekiel was a zookeeper, as we later find out. He survived the outbreak and then went back to the zoo, which he thought of as home. That’s where he found Sheva, alone and starving. Now they are in this ‘magical’ place called the Kingdom. He plays the part very well. He is an interesting man. The people were looking for a leader and they found him. Gawdy and eclectic, he looms large over the people. They trust him and love him. They grow things, have livestock, and use horses for transportation when needed for patrols. They also have to give to Negan.
Negan has a way of being in everyone’s business, and somewhere along the way , he found the Kingdom. They have a deal. Negan’s (cough) protection, in exchange for supplies. Morgan now knows how this goes. He lets Ezekiel know. There is a small concern at the exchange this time. One of the King’s men has had enough of the Saviors and lashes out. Things calm down, but who knows what crap this will bring later . And what of the food exchanged? This time is was pigs who were being fed tainted walker meat! Eww! Will this sicken the Saviors, or was it done just for the feels? I can’t wait to see what transpires.
Besides meeting the King and his tiger, we also met Ben. I don’t know who he is or what part he will play, but he will be an important part I think. Morgan will train him in Akido, whether it be to protect himself or others, I don’t know yet. He is very close to Ezekiel, and the King doesn’t want to see him hurt. So this will be an interesting storyline.
Carol, ends up being Carol. She doesn’t want to stay at the Kingdom. She wants to be alone. She needs to be alone, away from people. I think that she doesn’t want to be close to anyone anymore. She surely doesn’t want to have to kill. She steals clothing, a knife and of course a chocolate candy bar, and decides to leave. Ezikiel knows what she is about. He knows the game she is playing. Don’t bullshit the bullshitter. He approaches her when she is sneaking apples in the orchard. They have a long talk. He tells her his story, and why he is there. He gives her the option to leave, but don’t leave. So it ends up that she will live in the little creepy house by the gate. She is alone, but close. I think Ezekiel wants it that way. Is there something there? I don’t know, but Carol, who is dead in the comic, seems to be getting the arc of another character. Do you see it? Let me know!
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