“Bury Me Here” was a pressure-packed episode, filled with moments that kept you on the edge of your seat, made you jump out of your seat, and subsequently check your seat for any little puddles of urine. In a total reversal from last week's episode, virtually none of the anxiety a viewer would feel came from zombies, as “Bury Me Here” focused on Morgan, the Kingdom. and their dealings with The Saviors. This was a unique episode in the sense that most episodes of THE WALKING DEAD do one of two things: they either provide a distinct introspection into a character, much like we saw with Eugene and Dwight in “Hostiles And Calamities,” or they advance the story arc of the season much like we saw in “A Rock In The Road.” This episode did both of those things and set the scene for the rest of the season to come.

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Pressure creates diamonds, but it also bursts pipes. It seems as though the former is what happened with Morgan on “Bury Me Here.” After losing his son Duane, and a teenage boy he had taken as a surrogate son, Benjamin, Morgan finally snapped out of his “thou shalt not kill” mode and beat Richard to death for making the group late with the tribute the day before. Richard's actions led to Benjamin being shot and subsequently bleeding to death. And while Morgan's “outburst” might have looked as it was just that, it was clear that his killing of Richard the next day was planned out to make a big of a spectacle as possible. If you remember, Benjamin was shot by the Saviors because the tribute was short a melon and that this was the result of Richard’s plan to start a war; Richard told Morgan that he would confess, and Morgan killed him when he did not. So while Morgan's violent actions and his speech about wanting to obey might have seemed genuine to The Saviors, it's clear he wants to do anything but submit.

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Morgan's proverbial “snapping” which manifested itself by him beating Richard to death was not only a turning point for Morgan, it was a turning point for the Kingdom itself. At this point, everyone and their mothers expected King Ezekiel's community to fight, all that was left was that little “push” to bring them into the fold. Benjamin dying seems to have done just that. Throughout the season there has been a clear progression of the Kingdommers getting fed up with The Saviors during their weekly drops. It finally came to a head this week with both of the groups ready to kill each other thanks to Richard, and it seems as though the Kingdom is ready to follow Alexandria and The Hilltop into battle. One can only hope we get to see Shiva maul some Saviors to death when the time comes.

Carol's about-face was a welcoming sign as well. After going the entire season without learning about Glenn and Abraham's fate at the hand of The Saviors (which when you realize, is ridiculous) it seems as though she, much like Morgan, has finally shed this whole pacifist idea and is ready to avenge her friends. Seeing as the show has decided to build this aura of power around her, making it seem as though she is the ultimate zombie-killing machine, the ultimate survivor, it only makes sense that she would eventually decide to fight as well. With Carol onboard, it seems as though the four groups are mostly on the same page, and are ready to fight when the time comes.

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In the end, “Bury Me Here” was one of the season's best episodes. The story not only saw The Kingdom finally ready to fight The Saviors but Morgan and Carol as well. With The Hilltop's Gregory the only leader refusing to fight, the show seems just about ready to finally get to the moment we have all been waiting for. It remains to be seen if Gregory will allow The Hilltop to join in the battle, seeing as Gregory in the comics betrays the “rebellion” in order to protect himself and his people. The show has generally followed the comic's storyline pretty well but seeing as TV adaptations tend to go off on their own tangents, who knows. I guess we will get more clarity on that subject soon, as next week's episode takes place at The Hilltop.

Some quick observations:

  • I would pee myself too if I were that close to a tiger without a leash on it.
  • This run of having no Carl on the show is fantastic.
  • If I were a gambling man, I'd bet that Gregory is going to be killed before the battle with The Saviors starts.
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One Comment

  1. DS

    March 14, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    I must be jaded, because this episode was weak. It was very predictable and at times pretentious. The shows writers clearly still “love” their concept more than actually writing strong scripts.

    This episode was better than last week’s, but the winner since the return was the episode with the zombie gladiator sequence.

    It’s a show based on a comic about the end of the world, the loss of hope, and the struggle that all brings. It should take leads from the comic but it doesn’t have to follow it so closely. The writing was so much better in the earlier seasons. This past season has been a lot of screenwriting 101, hurried plot points to meet “the concept,” and “forced” character development.

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