The Walking Dead (S07E02) “Welcome To The Kingdom”

Review: The biggest plus to last night’s episode was the return of Morgan and Carol, seriously the actors who play them are on another level.  Compared to last episode’s gore fest this episode was as tame as King Ezekiel’s tiger Shiva. Because like Morgan stated “I forgot to say that Ezekiel has a tiger,” oh and that Ezekiel “does his own thing.”  Really the episode was just highlighting the brilliance of the two biggest bullshitter’s ever. Carol and Ezekiel, both put on facades that they know will make others feel safe and at the same type enable them to manipulate situations to their benefit.

 Carol was as kind as she could be to the people of the kingdom but behind closed doors she thought the “kingdom” was a nut house and who can blame her with their regular movie nights, their vocal group whose song list includes a rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright,” and cobbler at every meal. We’ve seen this before, in Woodbury and Alexandria and on the Hilltop, so we know that “The Walking Dead’s”  communities have only two options of living standards. The “peaceful” communities with a dark secret that ends up imploding and the ones whose ignorance of the literal Apocalypse outside their walls will eventually mean it’s downfall.

The Kingdom it seems has only been able to survive by partnering up with none other than “The Saviors”. The kingdom supplies them with delicious walker feed pigs (albeit without their knowledge) and The Saviors provide them protection. Though Ezekiel comes across lighthearted he is no fool, and Carol confronts him and calls the Kingdom “a joke.”  He answers her by saying “It’s not all bad, It can’t be. It isn’t. Life isn’t. Where there’s life, there’s hope, and heroism and grace and love. Where there’s life, there’s life.”

Carol is in and out of the community so fast but honestly  where she ends up makes sense. She’s had enough of the  “make-believe” societies, who try so desperately to hold on to a lifestyle that is dead and gone, a viewpoint or delusion that ultimately makes them weak and vulnerable, but she’s also tried the cold-blooded approach and was horrified by what she became. Instead she chooses to  follow Ezekiel’s advice to “embrace the contradiction… go and not go,” she moves into an abandoned house on the Kingdom’s outskirts, on her own but not completely alone. Ezekiel and Shiva stop by to see how Carol has acclimated to her new living situation and I have to say I am seeing the beginnings of a beautiful friendship.