After the season seven premiere of ‘The Walking Dead,’ anything is possible — even a king and his tiger. This week’s episode did a complete 180.
Everyone who knows The Walking Dead knows humor is not a frequently visited genre, but this week’s a tad different. We started out with Morgan introducing Carol to the place they were living, where she was recovering: The Kingdom. She was quickly introduced to its leader, King Ezekial (Khary Payton) and his sidekick, Shiva… a tiger.
When she does meet the duo (in a movie theater?), she of course is skeptical — she’s still Carol, injured and all. The Kingdom, as she was informed, was a safe place for people to live, eat, drink, and heal, as long as they help as well. However, she was still determined to leave, regardless of Morgan’s plead with her. The one person who did get through to her? Well, Ezekiel. Just moments before leaving The Kingdom, he sat with her and told her his story: he was a zookeeper who had lost everything when the apocalypse hit, but one thing he did save was a tiger.
He explained to her that he was the hero the group needed, and after saving Shiva, she would never turn on him or hurt him, but knew she’d intimidate the group. But instead of using that against them, he became the leader they needed. With that, he gave Carol an out, a way to leave The Kingdom, while staying. He put her up in a house right outside the gate. And yes, he went to visit her. (Could there be a King/Carol romance stirring? I’m in.)
There was one thing that King Ezekiel and his group had in common with the group that Morgan and Carol were from: they were against Negan’s group. They met with them at one point in the episode and handed off eight pigs. What Negan’s horrific men didn’t know? The pigs had been fed with walkers. So let’s hope that Negan’s not going to be feeding Rick, Daryl and co. those pigs.
HollywoodLifers, do you like King Ezekiel? Do you trust him? Do you think Carol should? Let us know!