In an attempt to heal the emotional wounds after that gruesome and upsetting season premiere, The Walking Dead followed up with a slower paced episode this week. The snooze-fest episode titled The Well literally had me feeling like the walking dead myself. What a bore!
Here’s my recap of the week – Stay awake, if you can!
Oh hey, Carol and Morgan – long time no see! It looks like we’re picking up right where we left off in the season six finale. The two are joined by the armored men on horseback as they fight off a herd of walkers. Still weak from the gunshot, Carol starts losing consciousness and begins hallucinating and seeing the walkers as real people…
After some healing, Carol is taken for a tour around the new community Morgan has brought them to. The community of survivors called “The Kingdom” is led by a man called, wait for it – King Ezekiel.
What’s crazier? He owns a pet tiger named Shiva. Carol is just as bewildered as we are as she meets the so-called king who sits on a throne, wears a weave, and speaks like someone form the medieval days.
Carol pretends to be awed by all that’s around her but her reaction is clearly fake, we think anyone could have realized.
In their privacy, she tells Morgan that this “Kingdom” is a ridiculous circus act and that she still wants out. Guess what guys, Carol still wants to run away and continue her lonesome quest (snore). OH JOY -more of the Carol crisis. Please, feed me to the pigs if I’m going to have to endure another season of this!
Talking of pigs, Morgan joins Ezekiel and his armoured knights (who look like Tributes from Mockingjay) in feeding their wild bores. All is not as it seems, though. These pigs are feeding off walkers. It isn’t the Kingdom who later eat them – it’s Negan’s men. Ezekiel reveals to Morgan that they are giving Negan tainted meat – a top secret kept hidden from the Saviors and even the survivors in the Kingdom.
The Saviors arrive and pick up their walker-fed-pigs before getting into a fight with the Kingdom men.
Things turn even more ridiculous when a group of survivors burst out in song. Let’s get this straight – there’s a dude with a tiger and people on horses with armor and spears. I’m just waiting for the flying dragons or even Merlin to appear. This circus act is so far away from anything concerning The Walking Dead, we’re getting extremely bored.
You know who else is tired of this circus act? Carol. While Morgan gets on with his spear practicing and the rest continue their singing, she makes her escape. On her way out, Carol creeps into the fruit garden and secretly tries to steal a few pomegranates. Her journey is interrupted when King Ezekiel catches her.
When Ezekiel realizes Carol is trying to escape, he gives her his pep talk on life and encourages her to stay – “Where there’s life, there’s hope – heroism, grace and love.” Ezekiel reveals that he knew Carol was putting on a sweet girl act because “You can’t bullshit a bullshitter”.
Apparently, the King is also a fraud. Suddenly, Ezekiel’s medieval accent is gone and he discloses that he has been playing a royal act in order to give hope to his community. How did he get Shiva the tiger? Ezekiel was once a zookeeper who found the injured animal alone after the apocalypse and so tended her back to health and tamed her to be his pet.
I hate to burst your bubble but I just know in my heart of hearts that Shiva will probably die at the hands of Negan or the walkers at some point. Call me pessimistic but I’m probably right…
After the drawn-out conversation (that almost had me nodding off), Carol still isn’t convinced. In the end, she decides to live on her own in a deserted house. Morgan leaves her to it but as soon as she gets comfortable she hears a growl at the door. Nope, it’s not a walker, it’s Shiva – with Ezekiel!
The king has brought Carol a housewarming gift in the form of a pomegranate and she gives her thanks with a flirty smile. Are Carol and Ezekiel going to be the new couple in town? Is Carol going to be the Kingdom’s queen?
Okay, I’m just going to come right out and say it: Morgan and Carol are DULL. I’m so bored of their story-line. One of the show’s best fighters has become a crying basket case. We need badass Carol back so she can get on her feet, find Negan and RESCUE DARYL! As for Morgan, well, we decided we were bored of him after that “Here’s not Here” episode back in season 6.
Things are looking more exciting next week, though. It looks like we’re going to Negan’s compound!
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