Warning: The following article contains spoilers for The Walking Dead.
On the latest episode of #TheWalkingDead, a few new developments came into focus. First off, Benjamin died as the Saviors attempted to prove a point again; being short on a delivery drop was what got him killed. The episode also shocked us with another unexpected death: Richard's. Morgan found out it was Richard's fault that Benjamin died and it resulted in Morgan lashing out, strangling Richard to death.
Will Benjamin's Death Be What Pushes Ezekiel To Join The Fight Against Negan And The Saviors?
It was quite a shock to see Morgan act out in such a manner but that wasn't the most integral moment in tonight's episode. We need to be looking at how the deaths of Richard and Benjamin will affect Ezekiel from this point on.
Earlier on in #TheWalkingDeadSeason7, Rick Grimes attempted to warn Ezekiel of the Saviors but he didn't listen. Now the Kingdom has suffered two more losses because of Ezekiel's decision to stand idly by. More importantly, Ezekiel has an even bigger decision to make: Does he take up arms with #RickGrimes or does he remain a subservient follower of Negan?
Ezekiel's decision would likely be delayed...if it weren't for that image of Carol showing up just as the episode closed out. Seeing Carol walk up to Ezekiel in those last moments of "Bury Me Here" hinted at Carol being there to persuade Ezekiel to fight alongside her when she goes back to Alexandria. She's influenced Ezekiel in the past so with Carol pressing her strongly held philosophies on Ezekiel, he's more than likely to be swayed. And when that happens, it's safe to say Ezekiel will play a role similar to the one his character played in the "All Out War" event of The Walking Dead comics.
Looks like "All Out War" Is On Its Way To 'The Walking Dead'
For those unfamiliar, the "All Out War" event in The Walking Dead comics depicted Alexandria, the Kingdom, and Hilltop forming an army. Ezekiel being a key player in that story-line lead the Kingdom in their charge against Negan. Their main objective was to eliminate Negan, which they accomplished by imprisoning him and bringing his reign of terror to an end.
The reason why the comics are relevant is because The Walking Dead television series is showing all the signs of "All Out War" becoming a major plot point of #TheWalkingDeadSeason8. Rick arming up for war was the first piece in setting up that storyline, then having the Hilltop's people rally behind him was the next step to making it happen. With that in mind, we're only missing one piece to the "All Out War" event and that's Ezekiel.
Regardless, the comics have played heavily into Season 7 so it's only logical for Ezekiel to join up with Rick's army when they go to war with Negan. The war may not happen right away but Ezekiel will probably make a step in that direction as early as the Season 7 finale.
What do you think Ezekiel is going to do? Do you think the loss of Richard and Benjamin will be the move that drives Ezekiel to raise arms against Negan and his Saviors? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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