Oh this episode was good. More story than action, but I bet I was not alone when I was thrilled to see Morgan in the storyline again.
This episode starts out with Rick, Michonne and Carl heading out to Rick and Carl’s hometown. Along the way they ignore a man begging for help, and it is sad in a way that their group has come to this. These are not season 1 people who feel strongly about helping people along the way. Now there is no time to find out if someone is good or bad. Trusting people gets you killed.
When they arrive at the police station they learn that the entire weapons cache was emptied. Instead of flipping out, Rick decided to go into town and look for weapons that almost no one knew about. But once they arrive in town they see that an area of the town has been set up with an elaborate set of traps for walkers and people. As they are advancing into town a walker gets caught, and a shot rings out as a masked man on the rooftop kills it and orders Rick, Michonne and Carl out of town. A gun fight ensues, and just as Rick is about to get fired on Carl pops out and shoots the masked man. As they check the body they realize he is only knocked out thanks to a bullet proof vest, and they also discover it is Morgan.
Rick decides they are going to wait until he wakes up, and they carry him to his home where they discover a huge collection of weapons and ammunition. As they are there Carl discovers that their home burned down, and Rick sees that Morgan’s son Duane is dead. Oh that made me sad. Duane seemed like such a nice boy, and I was hoping when Morgan returned we would also be seeing Duane again. I told my husband when I saw on the wall that Duane had turned that I bet the mom did it, and I was right. Ugh, what a way to go. No wonder Morgan has gone crazy. Not just being alone, but the trauma on top of it.
Morgan doesn’t remember Rick at first, and there is a struggle. Eventually he recognizes him, and they finally start talking. Morgan does seem a bit angry at Rick, but in the end blames himself for not having the courage to have killed his wife when she turned into a walker. I don’t know if Morgan will leave his grief behind, but I believe he will eventually join Rick at the prison. Perhaps to die fighting, as he doesn’t seem to be able to kill himself but wants to end his pain.
Carl asks to go on a run, but Rick doesn’t want him to go. Michonne offers to help, so Rick agrees. I think part of the reason she offered to help is that earlier she overheard Rick telling Carl that basically Michonne is only there because they have mutual interests (getting the Governor). I think Michonne wants to stay. She hasn’t said it, but she likes this group. They are the first people that she has run into who care about and look after each other.
Carl says he wants a crib for Judith, but it wasn’t all he wanted. He went to a local cafe to get the last photo that exists of Lori so that Judith will know what her mom looked like. The cafe is (of course) full of walkers, but they used caged rodents to distract them. They get the photo, and Michonne kills a walker just as it is about to get Carl. Just as they are about to leave one of the rodents comes up the path they are taking, and suddenly they are discovered by the walkers. They narrowly escape, and the photo gets dropped inside. Michonne convinces Carl to let her go back and get it, and she brings it back for him (plus a cat figure that she wanted). It ended up being a nice moment between them.
They pack up all their weapons and gear, and Rick tries to convince Morgan to come along. He chooses to stay, but I do think he will be back. It’s just a matter of time. Rick takes a private moment with Carl to ask how things when with Michonne, and Carl tells him he thinks she could be one of them. Yay! As Michonne walks up she gets a chance to talk to Rick alone, and asks him about seeing people. They talked a bit, and she shared that she spoke with her dead boyfriend. I think it was nice, and they connected a bit. I think Rick finally saw a bit of what Carl saw in Michonne.
On their way home they see the guy they didn’t help, and now he’s nothing more than a blood stain and a bit of meat tissue. Then they see his pack. They stop, backup, pick it up, and move on. It is harsh, but very telling about just how sad life is now for everyone. No time to sit and contemplate things, just a lot of very cold decisions to survive.
What did you think of this week’s episode of The Walking Dead? Do you think Morgan will be back?
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