Episode 2 (entitled “The Well”) of AMC’s The Walking Dead slows the pace considerably from the Season 7 premiere. Here’s what I thought about Morgan and Carol’s involvement with the new group, the Kingdom.
This episode of The Walking Dead starts with Morgan (Lennie James) carving a cross into a letterbox and Carol (Melissa McBride) waking up. Right away Morgan introduces her to Ezekiel (Khary Payton) and his badly CGI-ed tiger, Shiva. Carol does what she does best, which is play dumb and we finally get to see this line in context:CF: I have to be honest: Carol’s act was really easy to see thought ’cause I felt like she was turning it on too much. Though it was funny to watch her revert back to the Carol we all know with her, “Are you shitting me?” comment to Morgan.
RT: I agree, she was painting it on as thick as fuck in this episode.
CF: Khary Payton nailed Ezekiel. I loved him from the moment I saw him. Khary does a lot of voice acting, so it seems easy to say he gets into the head of the character quickly so he can define their personality through speech. Can’t wait for him to meet Rick.
RT: This will be awesome, for sure!
CF: Shiva… What can you say? Even if they could find a trained tiger, Gimple’s too much of a tight ass to spring for the money to have it on set. I would have to watch it again, but it did seem there was one moment where Ezekiel was supposed to be holding Shiva’s chain and there was nothing in his hand. At least we won’t see Tigger too much in the coming episodes.
RT: My daughter was not impressed with the CGI. I was not impressed with the CGI. At least Gimple will finally have fans that aren’t pissed at him (I’m looking at you, PETA).
CF: And let’s be honest: it’s probably the insurance company for AMC that said, “No fucking tiger.” Though I want to continue blaming Gimple because why not?
RT: Sounds like a plan 😉
Now, Morgan is fitting in just fine with this group. He is being asked on the supply runs and even though it is a huge secret Ezekiel’s guards are keeping from the rest of the Kingdom, they immediately reveal to Morgan that they are feeding a bunch of pigs walkers. But, you know, it’s a secret.It is revealed later on in the episode, however, that these pigs are not destined for the Kingdom, but for the Saviors. Nice work guys. I hope Negan’s group enjoy that tainted meat. Hopefully they offer Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) some as well.
CF: Though it’s my guess that no one is affected by the tainted meat since they probably cook the shit out of it. But still: nice fuck you touch there.
RT: I think so too. They have probably been doing this for a while, and Negan’s group look just fine. I’m pretty sure tainted meat is not the reason they are the biggest group of douche canoes ever.
Morgan is also asked to mentor Benjamin (Logan Miller) and without much persuasion, does it. It is revealed, through their interactions that Benjamin, while happy to follow Ezekiel’s orders, is not so sure the Kingdom should cower beneath the Saviors. This could get tricky as Morgan and Carol have no idea what has gone on in the Season 7 premiere so might just encourage the Kingdom to side with them to attack the Saviors.
CF: Which… well, I won’t say. But this is the “Prelude to War” story line for a reason.
RT: I would be disappointed if The Walking Dead didn’t muster some confusion here between the previous plan and Rick’s new “Negan is Lord”plan.
CF: Oh, Rick will scratch his arse for most of the season before Crazy Rick returns. And then Negan will have his hands full.
RT: Yes! *fist pump*Carol, on the other hand, is playing dumb old lady and pinching shit as fast as she can wheel past it. Morgan is not surprised when he finds her missing from her room. But, even before she can leave the Kingdom, she gets strung by Ezekiel and they have a little chat. If I am not mistaken, Ezekiel just might have the hots for poor, jaded Carol who can’t have nice things because people Like the Governor (David Morrissey) ruined all that for her. Ezekiel is kind though (even if he comes off as a wanker during most of this episode) and allows Carol to go.
CF: Ezekiel really is something of a bullshit artist–he knows he has to be. So he probably read Carol like a book the second he saw her. Hard to say how this would have turned out in the comic, as Ezekiel never dealt with them. I can say that in the comic he hooked up with Michonne after she’d hooked up with Morgan and–well, we know that relationship didn’t end in the best way. But I can see Ezekiel setting up Morgan and Carol to be his interface with Alexandria here.Morgan is assigned to help her ride out of town. They get to a secure house and it is time to say goodbyes. Morgan pretty much admits he shouldn’t have forced Carol’s hand — or rescued her, for that matter — as she should only ever be the one in charge of her decisions.This speech gets him nowhere though. Carol is no longer suicidal, but she is not ready to join a community and sing “Kumbaya” anytime soon.
Ezekiel gives Carol just enough time to clear the house of walkers and start a fire before he shows up with Shiva and a pomegranate. I approve of this relationship.
Episode 3, (entitled “The Cell”) of Season 7 of AMC’s The Walking Dead returns on Sunday, November 6 at 9PM ET. The official synopsis for Episode 3 is below.
“We’re introduced to a completely new group of survivors living in an impressive community that seems to have it all… for a price.”
[Featured image via AMC]
CF: So now we know why this was titled The Well, as this was something Ezekiel kept saying: “You take from the Well, you give back to the Well.” And next week is all about Daryl and his time with Negan, but I don’t give a shit ’cause Fuck Daryl, you got Glenn killed. Enjoy your tainted roast pork, bitch.