The Walking Dead 7.13 Review – ‘Bury Me Here’
Tonight on The Walking Dead, there’s good news and bad news. Good news: the Kingdom is finally going to join the fight against the Saviors! The bad news: it comes at the cost of two men’s lives and perhaps Morgan’s sanity.
The plot: Carol has begun to put the clues together and suspect that Daryl did not in fact tell her the truth about what happened with the Saviors, but when she demands the truth from Morgan, he deflects. Later that day, the offering to the Saviors goes very badly awry when the Kingdom is one melon short — a mistake that ends up costing young Ben his life, in Carol’s house no less. This is the first half of Morgan’s breaking point, when he has flashbacks to his son’s death and his murderous period of trying to “get clear.” In his rage, his uncovers the evidence that Richard set up the whole thing, because he expected his longtime nemesis in the Saviors would kill him first, as he had once promised. Richard hoped his death would spur the Kingdom to finally do something and join the fight against their oppressors. He tells Morgan that they can still use what happened to do that, but they need to make the Saviors believe without question that they’ve learned their lesson and they’ll behave from now on. When the extra melon is delivered, Morgan hits breaking point part two and snaps completely. He kills Richard in front of both groups, explaining how Richard set the whole thing up, using Richard’s exact words to him. Morgan buries Richard in his designated spot, and then goes to tell Carol exactly what happened in Alexandria. Carol convinces Morgan to stay in her house rather than strike out on his own on a Savior-killing spree, while she heads to the Kingdom to help them prepare to fight–and this time, Ezekiel is on board, too.
We all knew that neither Morgan nor Carol could stay out of this fight forever. It was a matter of time and circumstance for both of them to finally make a choice, and it was almost just as inevitable that those circumstances would not be good ones. Of the two, Carol probably has it easier, so to speak, and gets to change her mind on her own terms. Previously, she got the peaceful answer she wanted from Daryl, but she’s smart enough to realize that there was a difference between what she wanted to hear and the truth. The clues don’t add up, and she’s driven to seek out Morgan to get the truth. His dodgy answer is enough to make it clear that she didn’t get the truth, but the real scope of things is still unknown. Even when Morgan goes to her at the end of the episode, he does still ask if she wants the truth before he gives it to her. Carol got to have the time to recuperate that she needed, and she can see that Morgan might need that now. So giving him her house while she moves in at the Kingdom proper is an important gesture, and maybe the only one she can make to him now: she knows the rage he feels, the drive to kill even when that isn’t what he truly wants to do, ultimately, and she knows that having this space helped her. It got her to a good point–a point where she can tell Ezekiel she’s here to help them get ready to fight, but also take the time to help him and Henry replant the garden first.
But Carol’s journey has been taking place since the start of the season. This episode, the focus was more on Morgan finally falling apart and his fall is indeed much harsher. Benjamin (and his brother Henry) becoming his students has filled somewhat the gap left by the death of his son Duane. A loss that, sure enough, lead to Morgan losing it previously, first becoming a dangerous recluse and then becoming an emotionless killer of walkers and humans alike. It’s heartbreaking, honestly, to see Morgan start to fall apart after Benjamin’s death; to see those flashbacks from previous seasons, especially the repeated use of “Clear” painted on rocks and walls, knowing what that meant to Morgan and how hard he worked to move past it. I do wonder if Morgan would still have ended up in the same place at the end if he hadn’t learned of Richard’s involvement. Would he still have been ready to fight the Saviors? Or would he still have tried to make a play for peace? Or, darker still, would he in fact have taken his own life, as we saw him almost do?
But once he knows what Richard did and why, it all changes. And as sad as I am for Morgan being back in this dark place, I do love the twist of Morgan giving Richard exactly what he wanted in more ways than one. He gave Richard a death that would both secure the rebellion in the Kingdom and using his exact words to also secure the Saviors’ trust in the Kingdom once again. And it just so happened to be incredibly convincing because Morgan’s rage was entirely real.
These two turns, from Carol and Morgan, really crystalize how different these two people are; they’re an excellent pair to use in parallel, which I imagine is why they’ve used them together so often. Carol’s excellent at adapting to survive, whereas Morgan has never been good with change. His changes happen in an instant, as violent swings from one extreme to another; Carol’s take longer, but they are far more controlled.
Also, though Ezekiel leads the Kingdom, it was appropriate for the change in the Kingdom’s role in the rebellion to not focus fully on him. He’s been heavily relying on others to sway him on this matter, after all, and he’s acknowledged to Carol that he’s not a fighting man himself. With Richard and Morgan both gone now, however, it’s a good thing he’ll have her there to help in that regard now.
— “You found what you wanted, right? You got away from everyone. Was it what you wanted? Or was it just too late to get away?”
— “Day’s coming when you can’t be that good. When that happens, don’t beat yourself up about it.” Well, it was a nice sentiment at least, Richard.
— “I took your guns because things are about to get emotional. You guys have proven you don’t do well with emotions.”
— “This is it, Morgan. You have to kill. Or else you might as well just kill yourself.”
— “You can go…and not go.”
— “We have to get ready to fight.” “We do. But not today.”
– A nice touch having Morgan slip up and call Benjamin by his son’s name to further show how he’s cracking-
– Jerry just wants his cobbler, man! I’m so glad Jerry didn’t die.