Warning: This article contains massive spoilers from The Walking Dead Season 7 and comic books.
After months of anticipation, Negan's victim was finally revealed in last week's devastating Season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead and fans had to bid farewell to fan favourite characters Abraham and Glenn. Although the episode was criticized for its heavy use of violence, it felt necessary to show just how brutal the tyrant is. It's hard to contain our excitement about what comes next for #TV's most exciting show.
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Although many of us were wondering how #TheWalkingDeadSeason7 would cope without these characters — specifically Glenn, who has been with the show since the beginning — it looks like we'll have to wait a little longer to find out.
This week, the focus shifted to Carol and Morgan, who have been wandering aimlessly since the latter half of Season 6. The two characters found a new location that signifies a new chapter for The Walking Dead. Although it may not match the heart-stopping nature of the premiere, the second episode was full of many of its own jaw-dropping moments. Let's take a look.
1. Carol And Morgan Arrive At The Kingdom
Carol had a tough ride throughout Season 6 and it left her contemplating her life choices since the apolcalyse began. She left Alexandria in search of answers, but Morgan caught up with her just before she was about to be killed by the Saviors. Season 7 finds the pair arriving at a new sanctuary — The Kingdom. Considering that Carol has been chasing her demons, the Kingdom could be the perfect place for her to find peace.
Upon their arrival, the folks at the Kingdom patched up Carol's injuries. Unable to walk, she is temporarily confined to a wheelchair, but that didn't stop her from being totally badass. As always, Carol seemed wary of the settlement's people, and — considering so many past seasons of this show — who can blame her?
Carol voluntarily left Alexandria, which makes me wonder if she'll ever want to go back. If she does, could she be the one to rescue the group from Negan? The inclusion of the Kingdom marks a huge moment for The Walking Dead — who knows where it'll go next?
2. Introducing King Ezekiel And Shiva
The biggest moment in tonight's episode definitely arrived with the introduction of King Ezekiel. He runs the show at the Kingdom and comic fans will know that he is of great importance to the narrative — arguably as important as Negan.
In the comics, Ezekiel is a close friend of the Hilltop colony and as a result he is friends with Paul "Jesus" Monroe. With the split narrative format of The Walking Dead TV series, it is entirely possible that the show runners could be stting up a good vs. evil scenario between Ezekiel and Negan.
Carol and Morgan met Ezekiel, and the leader certainly knows how to make a first impression, sitting there in his large throne. However, the most important thing about his introduction was the introduction of his pet tiger — Shiva. The Walking Dead is clearly trying to give Game Of Thrones a run for its money with the CGI budget as Shiva looked incredibly real.
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3. Carol Is Back
Just when you thought that Carol Peletier couldn't get any greater, she manages to pull it out of the bag. After the initial confusion about the Kingdom and what Ezekiel's true intentions were, she decides to roll around the Kingdom in her wheelchair, surveying her surroundings and stealing anything that she could possibly have gotten her hands on — guns, clothes, you name it!
After all of that, Carol put on her brilliant act, reverting back to her former funny housewife self. She engaged in conversation with a fellow resident of the Kingdom about baking and food; she then broke down in tears when hearing that they have cobbler every night. Carol really is the best.
4. Ezekiel is Giving The Saviors Tainted Meat
I found myself rather shocked to discover that Ezekiel and the folks of the Kingdom also have a deal to supply Negan with produce and whatever else Negan wants — very much like what's going on with Rick and the group at the minute. We've also heard Jesus discussing in the past how Negan takes the hilltop's belongings too, so he really must own everyone.
However, in a genius turn of events, the folks at the Kingdom have been providing the Saviors and Negan with tainted meat — the pigs that they are supplying to the Saviors have been chomping on walker remains. How genius is that? I wouldn't want to be Ezekiel if Negan finds out, though!
5. Carol and Ezekiel See Eye To Eye
Carol remained a disbeliever throughout the entire episode, refusing to see the positivity of a place like The Kingdom. After stealing many things from the settlement, Morgan walked into her room to find Carol no longer there — and her wheelchair sitting in the corner. However, before she could leave, Ezekiel confronted Carol about her beliefs.
I thought it was pretty awesome that Ezekiel could see through Carol's act, as very few have been able to do so in the past. He explained to her the message behind his whole "King" act — he wants to be a leader for people. As Carol listened to the stoic leader speak, she realized that the pair are both putting on an act and that they're not as different as she would've thought. This led to her finding a new home on the outskirts of the Kingdom before Ezekiel and Shiva visited her. I sense the start of a beautiful friendship.
With Season 7 only just beginning, The Walking Dead will likely take us to new heights in the coming episodes. Carol may have the found the new beginning she so desperately craved, but now we must return to Alexandria to find out what's going on with everyone else. Everybody wants to know what exactly Negan has in store for the group and hopefully we will find out next week.
With the folks at the Kingdom also set to become a vital part of the show, it looks like The Walking Dead will never be the same!
The Walking Dead airs Sundays on AMC. What was your favorite moment from Season 7, Episode 2? Tell me in the comment section below.