Will Morgan Forsake The Kingdom On The Walking Dead?
Even if so, he might still be up for some power and glory.
Richard tried to convince King Ezekiel to join with Rick and attack the Saviors, but Morgan was not on board! Morgan's aikido student Benjamin learned to fight! Gavin the Savior has been very particular that the Kingdom must make its produce offerings on time and in full!
Melon Collie And The Infinite Sadness
The Scene: King Ezekiel oversees the careful loading of a single cantaloupe into the back of a truck, by his entire delivery crew. Note Richard and Morgan looking on morosely in the background. Note also the fresh stain on the truck bed in the foreground.
The Symbol: It's a lot of trouble over one unit of produce.
The Meaning: The Kingdom's relationship with the Saviors may not be sustainable for much longer.
Mrs. Peletier Goes To Town
The Scene: It's the day before. Something's bothering Carol so much that she has to visit the Kingdom to put her mind at ease.
The Symbol: The uprooted One-Way sign she uses to impale several undead in their undead faces before entering the gates.
The Meaning: Carol is starting down a road from which she may not be able to turn back.
Who called the meeting? Carol.
What's it about? Curious about why Jesus brought Rick and the others to the Kingdom, she now wants to Morgan to tell her whether Daryl told her the truth about the way things went down between Alexandria and the Saviors.
How'd it go? Inconclusive. Morgan won't confirm or deny what Daryl told her, but he offers to accompany her back to Alexandria to learn the truth for herself, if she wants. But ultimately, neither of them is prepared right now for all the realness this subject implies.
Spoiler: It's still early.
Name: Nabila. Age: Early 30s. Occupation: Royal Horticulturist. Goal: To represent the show's first hijab-wearing Muslim, to report to King Ezekiel that the royal garden is infested with weevils, to share some homespun wisdom about how things that have been lost can grow back, and to stay as far away from that damn tiger as possible. Sample Dialogue: "Okay, I think I just pissed myself."
Taking Care Of Business
Alert Type: Fiveshadowing Alert.
Issue: Before heading out to deliver an offering of a dozen cantaloupes to the Saviors, Richard makes an effort to mend fences with Morgan, and rhapsodizes about how happy he was when he was a father. If Morgan weren't distracted by how this brings up thoughts of his own late son, he might pick up on how Richard seems to expect that it's not just the proverbial hatchet getting buried today.
Complicating Factors: Things are also going very well for Benjamin; he's learning quickly, his bond with Morgan is strengthening, he's taking good care of his little brother Henry, and there's supposedly even a girl in the picture. None of this bodes well for Benjamin's long-term survival.
Resolution: Time to go already.
Spoiler: You already know: someone's not coming back to the Kingdom alive.
The Entire Point Of Shopping Carts
On the way to the rendezvous point, the Kingdom's convoy encounters a roadblock fashioned out of grocery carts. Apparently suspecting an ambush, Richard leads everyone out of the vehicles to investigate.
Q: Is that an arrow formed out of shopping carts?
A: Sure is.
Q: Is the Kingdom being menaced by a deranged parking lot attendant?
A: That would be telling.
Q: What does it point to?
A: An open grave that somebody dug behind a store, marked by a hand-lettered sign bearing the episode's title, "BURY ME HERE." Not that there's a body around to put in it. Yet.
Q: Was this little art installment worth the detour?
A: Nah, everyone seems really bummed out.
Plot Lightning Round
Gavin the Savior is already unhappy with how "unnecessarily tense" things have been between his people and Ezekiel's during this meetings. And today they were late. And Ezekiel's loyal sidekick Jerry just earned himself a smack from the Jared, the jerkweed Savior who previously took Morgan's stick. AND now Gavin wants their guns. This makes things...necessarily tense.
Ezekiel doesn't want to back down -- at least not without getting Morgan's stick back in exchange -- but seeing that Gavin isn't budging, and that Morgan isn't going to force the issue, he allows the surrender of their firearms.
But that doesn't mean the confrontation deescalates. Ezekiel is shocked and horrified when Gavin points out that there are only eleven cantaloupes, not twelve as previously agreed. I know Ezekiel probably doesn't want to hear this right now, but situations like this are how the baker's dozen was invented.
Gavin disappointed-dads that someone's going to have to pay for this, and Richard looks like he's ready for it to be him!
Alas, Saviors love to be unpredictable. Thus it's Benjamin who goes down instead, with a bullet through his femoral artery! Gavin's not happy about this, and orders the return of Morgan's stick. But before letting them medevac Benjamin out of there, he orders Ezekiel to return tomorrow, with exactly one cantaloupe.
Richard seems to be taking this harder than anyone. With the possible exception of Benjamin.
Even the medical supplies that the Kingdom has stashed at Carol's house can't save him. Time, the nature of his injury, and the power of that much foreshadowing made Benjamin's death a foregone conclusion.
From the desk of
Some Hypothetical Psychiatrist
The trauma of a close friend's death, couple with a recent reminder of the circumstances under which he lost his family, appear to be causing his mind to crack along old fault lines. Symptoms include flashbacks to today's traumas, his previous losses, and his infamous "Clear" period, culminating in a near-suicide attempt at the site of a conveniently open grave.
Angrily kicking over a recycling bin and finding the missing cantaloupe beneath it.
Realize Richard stole and hid the cantaloupe to provoke his long wished-for fight with the Saviors
Realize Richard set up the roadblock as well
Realize Richard dug the empty grave for himself
Get really pissed off
Fruit Of The Poisonous Vine
Who called the meeting? Morgan.
What's it about? That recycling bin and everything it represents.
How'd it go? Pretty one-sided. Richard explains to Morgan how he lost his family by doing nothing, and didn't want to lose the Kingdom by repeating that mistake. So today, he tried to sacrifice his own life to start the war against the Saviors. He still maintains that it was the right thing to do; now they have to show the Saviors that they get the message and then, after winning their trust, destroy them. But Morgan will have to overcome his reluctance to kill. And what does Morgan have to say to this?
And now here we are again.
Wrap It Up
Back at the rendezvous point, Morgan collects his stick and Benjamin's from where they fell the day before. What good will they do him now? You'll see.
When the Saviors arrive, Gavin has a very un-Savior-like reaction to the news of Benjamin's death, ordering Jared to start walking back to the Sanctuary.
When Richard -- who hasn't yet told anyone else what he did -- presents the offering to Gavin and begins his planned speech of apology, Morgan rudely interrupts him by clubbing him to the ground and squeezing the life out of him while everyone looks on in shock! Richard does not seem as pleased that Morgan took his advice as you might expect.
The deed done, Morgan explains to everyone that it was Richard who sabotaged yesterday's drop, to get a fight started. And that Morgan just killed Richard in order to prove to the Saviors that the Kingdom is ready to move forward. He even uses Richard's exact words to that effect. Gavin and his remaining Saviors are more than convinced.
After the Saviors leave, and Morgan mistakenly refers to Benjamin by the name of his late son Duane, Ezekiel tries to lead Morgan away from the scene. But Morgan is on the edge, and is not fit company for others yet. That much is...clear.
Morgan drags Richard's body back to the grave and follows his last written instruction. He even includes the small backpack Richard had left hidden in the dirt-pile, which we've seen before, which must have belonged to Richard's daughter. So in the end, Morgan ends up giving Richard everything that he wanted.
After that, and after fighting his way back toward the Kingdom on foot using his reacquired stick, Morgan has exactly one fuck left to give. So why not drop it off with Carol? He tells her how Negan and his people killed Abraham, Glenn, Spencer, and Olivia, and now have Alexandria under their thumb. As for Morgan, he's off to do some killing of his own.
But Carol manages to prevail upon Morgan to do what she did when she first arrived at the Kingdom. In other words, to "go...and not go." Did she just give him her house?
Looks that way. Now, just as Daryl predicted, Carol's decided to join the Kingdom. She reports to Ezekiel to get ready to fight. Ezekiel's down with that, "but not today."
And on that note, Morgan joins Ezekiel and Benjamin's little brother Henry in the royal garden, presumably planting new Benjamins.
And Morgan sits on what used to be Carol's porch. We can't see exactly what he's doing, but we can hear it. It sounds a lot like he's whittling the end of his stick to a sharp point. And speaking of points, I'm glad he finally got the one that the world has been trying to make for him.