Josh recaps Season 7 Episode 13 of The Walking Dead, titled Bury Me Here, where the Kingdom is the focus, specifically on Morgan and Carol. Following the recap, check out our thoughts on the episode as well!
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On this episode of The Walking Dead, the focus of the episode returns to the Kingdom, specifically to Morgan and Carol’s storyline. The episode starts a bit confusing, not really indicating that it is a flash forward–so I will start with the recap linearly, so that it is less confusing.
In this episode, the Kingdom is preparing its tribute for the Saviors. However, there is a blight which seems to be hitting the crops of the Kingdom, destroying much of what they grow. This foreshadows a conflict with the Saviors, as one would imagine.
We also see that Morgan is training Henry, and Morgan gets the little boy, Henry, to admit to him while Benjamin is listening that, that he wants to be like his big brother (which is Benjamin). Benjamin later gives Morgan a painting he had found. Usually when a character gets some praise out of nowhere, bad things are to come to this character.
Carol also interacts with Benjamin. Carol decided to leave her house on the outskirts of town, and ventures to the Kingdom. Benjamin is amazed at her ability to take down walkers, and offers to skip today’s run to the Saviors and would rather train with her. Might have been a good idea…
But it is time to get the tribute together, which this time only consists of 12 melons–or so they think. On the way to the meeting place, the Kingdom group, which includes Morgan, Ezekiel, Richard and a few others, discover the path blocked by shopping carts — carts arranged in t he shape of an arrow. Richard and Ezekiel prepare to move the carts out of the way and also check out where it leads. Curiously, Richard seems to lag behind the rest of the group though.
The group doesn’t encounter any dangers, just a mysterious grave that has been dug, and has a mysterious sign which says, “Bury me here”. The group writes it off as some crazy person. They get back in the truck and head to the meeting place.
At the meeting place, the usual group is there, including Gavin the (fairly) reasonable leader of the group, and Jared, who has been the hot-head. The Saviors and the Kingdom are clearly not on good terms, as there are some words exchanged, and even some minor scuffles, but Gavin tries to calm down the groups, and get the tribute over with.
So Gavin checks out the tribute, and there is bad news — there are only 11 melons, rather than the 12 promised previously. This causes a pretty tense stand-off, with guns on both sides raised. Gavin demands that the Kingdom hands over their guns, and while they resist at first, Richard tells Ezekiel they should hand them over.
Gavin then explains he had to take their guns as things were about to get emotional, as the situation needed to be fixed. So Jared gets his gun ready, and Richard expects the worst, given his previous encounters with the Saviors. Well, Jared goes a different route, and shoots Benjamin in the leg. Gavin then demands the one melon owed to be delivered the same time the next day. The Kingdom is trying to finish up the talk so they can get Benjamin some medical attention.
The Kingdom group heads to Carol’s house, as it must be closer than the main town, and the group tries to stop the bleeding, but the group is unable to. Benjamin dies, and this causes Morgan to spin out of control.
Morgan leaves Carol’s place, and we see him have flashbacks of his past, specifically ones of when he was a bit crazy with his “clearing” phase. He gets to the point where he might kill himself, and goes so far as to lean over the grave we saw earlier, about to slit his own wrists. In his rage though, he kicks a container, and discovers a melon beneath it.
Morgan realizes what has been going on this whole time — prior to heading to meet the Saviors, Richard had arranged his own grave, and had the shopping carts in place to point out the location of it, and also provide a distraction so that he could hide the melon. Why did he do such a thing? Well Morgan finds out.
When confronted, Richard explains that he figured he would be the one on the chopping block, and Richard hoped that his death would provide the spark to get the Kingdom to join Alexandria. Richard is sorry about Benjamin’s death but says now he will have to be the one who eventually leads the army(ies) against Negan once the group unites. But Richard tells Morgan that they have to now earn the trust back of Negan, at least until the time is right.
Richard also explains why he did what he did–he talks about how he lived in a massive refugee camp which eventually caused the death of this family, to which he blames his lack of taking action as to why they died. He figured more lives would be saved with this action than would be if they kept waiting to see what would happen. Morgan doesn’t really say anything, and leaves.
The next day, the same two groups meet up for the one melon exchange. Gavin asks about Benjamin, and by the lack of response from the Kingdom, he figures the kid died, and seems to show genuine remorse for his death, ordering Jared to start walking back. Richard steps forward in hopes to calm the Saviors for now, but he is interrupted by Morgan who chokes him out. Both sides are a bit bewildered, but do not try to stop Morgan. Morgan then explains Richard is the one who orchestrated the missing melon, and tells Gavin that the Kingdom understands what it has to do going forward. Morgan then buries Richard in the grave he had made. Morgan also discovers Richard’s daughter’s backpack, and puts that in the grave as well.
Morgan then pays a visit to Carol, and asks her if she wants to know what has really happened with Negan. She does, and so Morgan explains how Glenn, Abraham, Olivia, and Spencer are dead, and that Alexandria basically serves Negan now. Morgan then says he has to leave, and Carol talks him down some, at least getting him to stay in her house. But she has decided it is time to move back to civilization, and returns to the main Kingdom area. Carol tells Ezekiel that they will have to prepare to fight, and Ezekiel seems to agree, but says, “not today”, and begins working on replanting their garden. Meanwhile, Morgan his sharpening the end of his stick into a spear.
His Thoughts on The Walking Dead, Season 7 Episode 13: Bury Me Here
One thing really struck me strange on this episode–how did everyone just let Morgan murder Richard without any knowledge as to why? He seemed to be pretty important to the Kingdom, and Ezekiel just let it happen, then just takes Morgan’s word that Richard is the one who orchestrated this plan. Seems a bit strange, but other than that, I thought the episode was pretty good. The tense scenes between the Saviors and the Kingdom have done a good job of showing the uneasy truce the two groups have, and done pretty well at showing how it is beginning to crumble.
As for Richard, obviously his idea was terrible, but it is certainly understandable. He seemed to be very willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good. He probably could have done what he was hoping a better way, but it is understandable, where he is coming from.
On the other hand, Morgan seems to be just as off his rocker as ever. Apparently his being at peace with himself with the whole not killing thing was just a temporary solution for himself. In the end, he went back to killing, and now I am not sure what his plan is–kill walkers or the Saviors? He wasn’t really clear in who his targets were, but they will be meeting his spear, it would seem.
Meanwhile, it looks like Ezekiel is going to wise up and join with Alexandria, as does Carol. The groups seem to be coming together, and we will hopefully be getting the war with the Saviors pretty soon!
Her Thoughts on The Walking Dead, Season 7 Episode 13: Bury Me Here
I suppose I’ll skip over the part where I complain about how each episode only focuses on one particular storyline rather than several at a time — which I pretty much complain about every week.
This episode seemed to finally get things heading in the right direction, though. Whereas before, Ezekiel seemed to want no part of joining the fight against Negan, preferring instead to leave things as is, so as to minimize the loss of life, it seems as though he has changed his mind, and realized that the way things are cannot be allowed to continue. Additionally, now that Carol knows the truth, she has been spurred into action and wants to fight as well. All I have to say is, it’s about time! I’ve been pretty tired of this fragile, vulnerable Carol that we’ve been seeing for awhile now, so it’ll be nice to see her get back into her element.
It was quite a surprise to see Morgan go off on Richard like that, though, what with his “no killing” philosophy that he’s been adhering to for quite awhile now. I suppose it was a surprise to everyone else as well, considering how no one stepped in to stop him from killing Richard, how no one said a word, and just stood by and watched him do it. For all they know, Morgan is the one who shorted them the melon, Richard found out, and so he killed Richard to keep him quiet and to cover up for what he did. What’s Morgan’s next move now? Will he be helpful to the rebellion against Negan, or more of a wildcard?
We probably won’t get answers to any questions about Carol, Morgan, and the Kingdom for another couple of episodes though, because it looks like next week we’re at Hilltop and gearing up for Sasha and Rosita’s secret mission against Negan.