Warning: Spoilers ahead for The Walking Dead Episode 13, "Bury Me Here"
After a frustrating time trying to convince Ezekiel that he needed to join the other communities in fighting against the Saviors, things finally came to a head in Episode 13, "Bury Me Here." Richard's wonky plan not only resulted in his death and Benjamin's death, but also the realization from Ezekiel that burying your head in the sand won't keep you or your community safe forever.
Aside from all the shit kicking off between Richard, the Saviors and the Kingdommers, we also welcomed back Carol from her sojourn at the cottage with the crushing news that Glenn and Abraham were both dead. Carol was understandably devastated, and when you remember that Carol had actually known Glenn for even longer than Rick had, you can be sure that she'll be eager for revenge in any form possible.
Episode 13 was easily one of the best episodes of the season, but among all the fantastic character development there were a ton of other small details. Take a look at the five things you might have missed in The Walking Dead, Episode 13 "Bury Me Here."
1. Carol's isolation period is over
She's been out of action for basically the whole season but now that Carol has left her cottage she certainly won't be returning. Not only did her use of the "one way" sign to kill walkers confirm this, but so did the fact that she gave up her cottage to Morgan.
Hearing about the fates of Glenn and Abraham were two big motivating factors for Carol rejoining society, but it might have been her interaction with Benjamin that sealed the deal. You will have noticed Carol's hesitancy to get involved with Benjamin at the start of the episode when he asked her to teach him how to fight. But Carol didn't rebuff Benjamin because she was a jerk, instead it was because every interaction Carol seems to have with a young person results in their death, including Sophia, Lizzie and Mika and Sam.
But in the end it was because Carol wouldn't allow Benjamin to accompany her that he went to the supply drop and was sadly killed. After realizing that it wasn't her interaction with the young survivors that got them killed, but the nature of the new world, she seemed to come to terms with her past and relocated to the Kingdom to join the fight.
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2. We (probably) have our first Muslim American character!
The Walking Dead has always excelled at including a wide variety of characters from different races and ethnicities, and during Episode 13 it introduced Nabila, the first Muslim American to appear so far in The Walking Dead, and she even wore a hijab!
Nabila appeared twice in the episode, and was introduced when she was the one to tell Ezekiel that the royal gardens had been infiltrated by weevils and that all the crops needed to be removed. Nabila's name is Arabic and means "noble," "happiness" or "honorable," definitions which certainly befit her life in the Kingdom.
While Nabila is a TV series-only character, in the comic series there's also the Arab-American character, Siddiq. Though he will not appear in the TV series for quite some time — if the show does choose to introduce his character at all — when or if he does pop up there will already be at least one other character with Arabic heritage. Just another example of how despite the fact that this is a world inhabited by zombies, it's also very representative of the real world.
3. The weevils were symbolic of the Saviors
It wasn't just a coincidence that the royal garden had an infestation of weevils in the same episode that all the shit went down with the Saviors, it turns out it was actually a pretty neat symbolism.
Redditor Katonthewall nicely surmised it as the weevils representing the parasitic relationship of the Saviors to the Kingdom. To save the rest of the gardens from a weevil infestation, the royal garden needed to be removed, much like how men from the Kingdom may need to be sacrificed in order to ultimately save the community from the Saviors. Through the sacrifice of the royal gardens (brave kingdom fighters) the rest of the gardens (the wider community) are saved. And after the weevils and infested crops are gone, the royal garden can be replanted (a new generation of survivors), bringing new life to the community.
4. The fight with the Saviors might cost Morgan his sanity
It was obvious that Morgan became a bit unglued this episode, and as cool as it was seeing him just letting loose on Richard, it was likely also a sign that he's slipping back into his Season 3 frame of mind.
Twice in Episode 13, Benjamin quotes The Art Of Peace to Morgan, telling him "to injure an opponent is to injure oneself," and by the end of the episode Morgan's injury to himself through ending Richard's life was already evident. After killing Richard, Morgan began to explain Richard's initial plan to Ezekiel, except instead of saying "Benjamin," Morgan called him by his dead son's name, Duane.
After Duane's death sometime between Season 1 and 3, Morgan lost his mind. It was only after Rick's visit in Season 3 that Morgan began to clear his mind, ultimately becoming Eastman's student, and using Aikido and The Art Of Peace to save himself, even after Eastman died. But now that Morgan has diverged from the belief system that was keeping him sane, it looks like he might be sliding back to instability. The final scene, with Morgan on the cottage porch sharpening his Aikido jō, seemed to confirm this, with hints that Morgan was planning to use the jō as a weapon or protection in the same manner he did way back in Season 3 when he was so crazy he stabbed his one friend, Rick.
5. Carol is taking over Michonne's training arc from the comic series
After the events of Episode 13 it looks like Ezekiel is about to offer his support to Rick, and when he does it looks like it'll be the newly relocated Carol who heads up the training for the Kingdom's fighters. In the comic series it's Michonne who helps to train the Kingdommers, though as we've already seen in Episode 2 "The Well," it looks like Carol will be taking over many of Michonne's comic storylines, including a possible romance with King Ezekiel.
But as mentioned, Ezekiel doesn't seem to be acting with any urgency so it might be a few episodes before we see his people show up to support Rick. And if I know anything about The Walking Dead and king Ezekiel's flair for the dramatic, we might not see or hear a peep from the Kingdom until those white knights ride in on their horses to save the day in the season finale.
The Walking Dead returns to AMC with Episode 14 on March 19