This review contains spoilers.
Practically everything about this episode was different to episode 1. That’s not too surprising because a lot of shows, after a tough episode, will have a more lighthearted one. For that reason I wasn’t too surprise, but I do have mixed feelings on it which I will talk about a little bit later in review.
I thought the opening shot was very cool. Seeing Carol being wheeled along, and seeing those two men on horseback. It already started to set the tone of what we might expect to see in the Kingdom. Having it fade to black and then cut back in to sudden chaos with the group being attacked by Walkers worked surprisingly well. It made me feel disorientated because of the sudden change, but then of course that’s how Carol must feel. One minute she’s dozing off on this cart, the next she’s on the floor and there’s chaos going on around her.
Carol’s hallucinations of seeing the Walkers as their human-selves was interesting. I’m wondering if it’s just a fever of some kind, or if it’s that mixed in with the idea that she’s starting to feel regret for all the choices she’s made (in killing real people), so now if she sees the Walkers as living people (even only for a split second) it’ll be harder for her to deal with them. Clearly she’s being reminded that although they are Walkers and they’re dangerous, they were also people once too.
Early on in the episode, once we’re actually inside the Kingdom, we find out that Carol has been asleep for 2 days. I’m going to assume that Morgan and Carol went with the men on horseback during the day, and then that night the Negan stuff happened. So really it’s only been a day or so since those events. Hopefully with there being different story lines set in different places the timeline won’t become too confusing.
Morgan taking Carol to see Ezekiel. First of all can we just appreciate how beautiful and nice the Kingdom looks? It looked like such a well put together community. But my most favourite thing about that all scene was when Morgan started to speak about Ezekiel, it was his hesitance, butEzekiel’s reveal was one of the best. We saw him as Carol and Morgan came in, but seeing him up close, sitting on his throne like he was and Shiva roaring. It was the perfect scene to have before the opening credits rolled in.
Carol’s face throughout the whole first talking to Ezekiel was the absolute best. In fact their whole interaction is one of my favourite things about this entire episode. So even if you’re wary of watching the episode, at the very least watch their scenes. Their entire first meeting had me laughing.
Also, let’s take a moment to appreciate Jerry. I feel like he’s a total blessing and I hope he’s in it more and for a long time. I don’t want him to be wasted, he has so much potential. His attitude and humour just seemed to natural and it felt like something we haven’t seen for a long time. I hope we get to see him in action fighting some Walkers, it’ll be interesting to see how he handles it.
Seeing Ezekiel and that go out to trap the pigs was very interesting. Ezekiel seemed to be taking a backseat in most cases, letting his people do their jobs, allowing the youngest to try killing a Walker, but the fact he was still doing something made him seem very hands on. And he never punished the boy for failing in killing the Walker, he simply told him not to be troubled and that next time things might be different.
Ezekiel only really seemed to get involve when the Saviors came to collect the pigs, which I thought was absolutely hilarious that Ezekiel and his people fed those pigs Walkers. Even if it has no effect on the Saviors, it would make you feel good to know what they were eating it. Also, Ezekiel handled the whole meeting with the Saviors thing very well, but of course he doesn’t seem happy about it. With everything that’s gone down it brings about a theory I’ve seen floating around that the Kingdom, Alexandria, and Hill Top will band together to kill Negan and the Saviors. I don’t see it happening too soon if they do. The Governor lasted a very long time, and I feel like they’ll want Negan to last just as long, if not longer. Also, I know they won’t do it because it would be too similar to the Governor’s story line, but it would be interesting if the Saviors were killed and Negan was forced to be on his own. How much power would he have then? Would he still be a threat?
Morgan and King Ezekiel’s conversation after dealing with the Saviors was very interesting. The latter seems to have much respect for the former, and it was nice to see. The fact that he let Morgan train a boy who is clearly Ezekiel just shows how much trust and respect he has. It looks like Morgan is going to become a big part of the Kingdom and I feel like he’ll be given a very decent position by the King.
Carol pretending to be all sweet and innocent just so she could take things for her future escape was hilarious, however, we have seen it before and this time it felt more put on and forced. I can’t tell if that was deliberate to show how off the character was after everything, or if it was just a bit much.
The fact that King Ezekiel is keeping secrets form his people isn’t an issue right now, however, we’ve seen in the past how secrets can cause problems and make things much worse. The Kingdom seems to work well, and so far there doesn’t seem to be anything to worry about, however, we are only 2 episodes into the season.
When Ezekiel is sat with Carol by the fire and he starts talking more casually I felt relief, because I knew some part of the “King Ezekiel” image had to be put on, an act. The way he spoke about his reasoning and his journey, as well as the story of how he came to have Shiva was super interesting, and it added a lot of depth to the character in a short space of time without it going too overboard.
As of right now I really love Ezikeel. He seems like a great character that genuinely cares. He respects Morgan and seemed to genuinely care about Carol when she said she wanted to leave. Having him create this kind of truce with Carol showed that he was willing to do what he could to help people. I hope he sticks around for a while.
The last shot of him coming to see Carol showed that he wasn’t going to give up on her. Could a relationship be brewing between them? I like their dynamic so far. With that and the fact that Carol is still close by it seems like episodes focusing on the Kingdom will also focus on her too or vice versa. This is good because it means they don’t have too much to juggle at the moment. It’s only episode 2 so we’ll see how well they balance it from here on out.
One thing I will say is that this episode was obviously very different to the first one. However, it was extremely so. Yes, this was a light after such a dark episode, but I personally love these kind of light episodes every once in a while, and I felt like the first episode was just too dark for that early on. It could easily have been intense without some of the stuff that happened, it just felt very crammed. Episode 2 was very good though and it would be nice to see more like this dotted throughout the season. What did you think?