CF: I have to agree; I was surprised that this episode was not as bad as I had heard it was going to be.
Here’s what went down in Episode 13 (entitled “Bury Me Here”) of Season 7 of AMC’s The Walking Dead.
Now the Kingdom has a dozen melons to deliver to the Saviors in this week’s episode of The Walking Dead. Which doesn’t actually seem like a lot in my honest opinion, but then, thanks to Richard (Karl Makinen) pinching a melon to create conflict between the Kingdom and the Saviors, things get even more ridiculous with a drop being made of One. Single. Melon.
Seriously. You can’t make this shit up. In a world where gas is running out, the Kingdom not only drop off eleven melons initially, but then return by truck with the single missing melon. Guys, where the fuck are your horses???
CF: Allow me to add that the delivery of One Single Melon was done with two vehicles, which makes the use of gas even that much more wasteful. Seeing as how they were able to load everyone up in the truck the first time, there was no point in bringing a second vehicle around the next time. Okay, so Gimple didn’t get everything right.
RT: It really annoys me that they squander such a finite resource.
CF: Sort of like what they’ve done with bullets.
RT: So true.
So how did this all come about anyway?
Well, in Episode 13 of The Walking Dead, Richard is determined to bring the Kingdom up to the same page as Rick’s group in Alexandria. He wants the Saviors taken out and the only way to do that is to side with Rick (Andrew Lincoln) in the all out war. But, since Ezekiel (Khary Payton) doesn’t want to fight them and Daryl (Norman Reedus) won’t help create a catalyst involving Carol (Melissa McBride), Richard has to take measures into his own hands. Since he had been threatened with being the first in line to be killed if anything goes wrong, Richard decides to offer himself up as a human sacrifice.Richard lines up a row of shopping carts as a distraction. Formed into a huge arrow, it points to a grave with a sign that reads, “Bury me here.” This, naturally, freaks everyone the fuck out, but is serves as the perfect distraction so Richard can hide a melon, making them one short. It also has the added bonus of making them late, which pisses the Saviors off as well.
So, the Saviors find out the Kingdom is one melon short and shit gets tense. Predictably, a gun is pulled on Richard, who tells them to shoot him. But, the Savior decides to shoot Benjamin (Logan Miller) in the leg instead. Hitting a major artery, the Kingdom quickly agree to return with a single melon and they hurry off to try and save Ben’s life.CF: Once again, The Kingdom keep showing up with guns that get taken–not a smart move. At some point when everyone is pointing guns at one another and the one Savior dude says, “If you don’t hand them over you know what’s going to happen,” then just let the shit happen. Sure, some of the guys on The Kingdom side would’ve died, but they had the dudes on The Saviors side outnumbered and if they shot the guys with the AR-15 right off the bat they might’ve had a chance. Or, maybe The Kingdom should have done something like set up a couple of snipers to pick off these assholes. But that would be too easy…
RT: Yes, I wondered why the fuck they kept turning up with weapons. Keep that sort of thing to yourselves guys! Absolutely a sniper would be a great idea. However, the petrol fumes seem to have gone to their heads…
CF: They keep forgetting to hide weapons, which would have been my first move—
RT: Rick really needs to run a class.
Realising how much blood Ben has lost, they stop at Carol’s to try and fix him.
This doesn’t work.
Which we knew anyway since Ben has suddenly turned up in pretty much every scene in Episode 13 just to make you like him some more before he died.
CF: All those episodes that Shane was in: we really like him! Sorry, he’s dead. Oh, Andrea is getting a lot of episodes now. Chomp, she’s dead. Let’s have a couple of episodes with just Beth–annnnnnnnd she’s dead! This is another thing The Walking Dead does way too damn much and they need to stop.
RT: I totally agree. You can see the deaths coming from a mile away at the moment.
It also really alerts Carol to the shit going down.
Carol was pretty much in the know prior to that anyway, having tracked down Morgan (Lennie James) about why Jesus (Tom Payne) brought Rick’s group to the Kingdom. Morgan won’t tell her anything but agrees to travel with her to Hilltop so she can ask Daryl herself.
After Ben dies, she is fully aware of the shit going down, especially once Morgan fesses up to Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) and Glenn’s (Steven Yeun) deaths at the hands of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).
CF: In this scene the interplay between Lennie James and Melissa McBride was pretty much perfect. It felt as if both of them were just about ready to break, but at the same time they knew if they did they’d of probably went all Bonnie and Clyde on Negan’s ass and that would’ve been the end of this story line as they would’ve killed him and most of The Saviors. But the interplay between them–such energy presented in such an understated way. Melissa doesn’t get enough respect for her acting, and when he’s given a good script Lennie can be her equal.
RT: I agree, I found it hard to take notes in this scene because I just wanted to stare at the screen.Meanwhile, over all of this, is the tension arising between Richard and Morgan. Richard is grooming Morgan for what has to be done at the end of Episode 13. This is pretty easy once Morgan finds the hidden melon and confronts Richard about what he did. And so, a plan is hatched between the pair…
It’s about this time that Morgan has some PTSD flashbacks to losing his son. Which is a convenient way to show just how damaged Morgan still is. It also acts as a catalyst for showing the audience a part of Richard’s backstory that will help Morgan decide to do what he does at the end of the episode. You see, Richard had a wife and daughter. He lost his wife early on. His daughter he lost a bit later on and it was a direct result of him not reacting to a situation. Bingo! That’s the catalyst to get Morgan killing people again.
CF: How ironic that Richard is so much like Morgan! I also liked the Crazy Morgan scenes as Morgan is far more damaged than Rick–and I believe, in many ways, he’s even more dangerous.
RT: I absolutely think Morgan is more dangerous than Rick. Rick lets his emotions show most of the time. Morgan, on the other hand, just simmers away under the surface. Shit is going to get real AF as soon as Morgan really lets loose.
Now, back to that melon drop.
The melon is placed inside a box, which is secured in the back of the truck. Because no can can hold that thing to keep it safe.When they arrive at the drop-off point, Morgan goes batshit crazy on Richard’s arse, and actually chokes him to death. He then admits to the Kingdom and the Saviors alike, Richard’s plan to get the two groups to war against each other.
This is all a part of Morgan and Richard’s bigger plan though. Morgan needs to get the Saviors back on side and thinking the Kingdom is under their control so they can take them out, unawares, later on in the all out war.
Later, when Morgan is burying Richard, a child’s backpack is found. It is likely Richard’s daughter’s backpack and the very reason he dug that grave for himself in that particular location.Morgan manages to get his staff back in this episode of The Walking Dead. Which is convenient, because he is seen, at the end of Episode 13, sharpening the fuck out of the end of it, ready to take on the Saviors, his pacifist lifestyle truly over.
CF: I do like the fact that even though there’s a publicity still of Morgan sharpening his stick, you never see this in the episode; you only hear the sound of the knife against wood and it’s assume you know what he’s doing. With all the crazy ass foreshadowing TWD does in so many episodes, it’s nice to have a little understatement now and then.
RT: I was almost hesitant to add a definite confirmation Morgan was sharpening it until I saw this still.
CF: It’s funny, but I’ve seen the above still all over the Internet, as if recapers had to reassure everyone that, yes, he’s getting ready to “clear” the shit out of people. I felt the scene was pretty obvious that Morgan is going back to his crazy ways, and people best watch out.
Carol, fully up to speed, moves back into the Kingdom and lets Ezekiel know they will have to fight the Saviors eventually. Ezekiel knows this, finally.
This is likely as a result of a convenient weevil infestation of the Kingdom’s crops in Episode 13 of The Walking Dead. This means they have to burn a lot of their produce and, basically, start over. So, Ezekiel knows there will be a time — very soon — where he will have to go to war regardless because the Saviors will not accept weevils as an excuse for lack of tithing. This means, in a way, Richard sacrificing himself for the greater good was a a pointless exercise. But, I guess Gimple had to kill off someone in a series that is now top heavy with cast.
CF: And Gimple isn’t ready to start killing off the main cast members, not just yet. So as far as getting rid of deadwood, let’s do it in the lower echelons.
And speaking of getting rid of main cast members: is it wrong of me to hope that Sasha is taken out next week, maybe Rosita as well? Because I’m really sick of these two and their, “We have to kill the man who killed the dude we were fucking,” bullshit. I know Rosita isn’t supposed to die before or during the All Out War story line, but shit: just take your anger over a guy who dumped you and give it the fuck up. I mean, it’s not like she was in love with the dude and admitted in the comic she was basically fucking him to get protection. But no: let’s waste another fucking episode on this nonsense.
RT: I think Sasha will go in Episode 15. The synopsis is as follows:
“A group of Alexandrians embarks on a journey; one member of the group must make a heartbreaking decision.”
This sounds like Sasha and Rosita going on a journey to me. Although, the Season 7 finale episode is titled “Do It Now,” so there is potential there as well. Apparently the finale will be filled with death, but no cliffhanger, so maybe Sasha will walker it back to Alexandria then?
CF: I think Sasha becomes the new Holly, so it’s a maybe that the “heartbreaking decision” is Rosita abandoning Sasha.
RT: That’s what I think too.
What did you think of Episode 13 of AMC’s The Walking Dead Season 7? Let us know by commenting below!
Episode 14, (entitled “The Other Side”) of Season 7 of AMC’s The Walking Dead returns on Sunday, March 19 at 9 PM ET. The official synopsis for Episode 14 is below.
“The Saviors visit The Hilltop.”
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