The Walking Dead S07E13: Bury Me Here
A single cantaloupe in a wooden crate, secured in the back of a truck. Talk about cryptic. That’s how this episode of The Walking Dead opens and things get highly emotional from there.
Carol (Melissa McBride) is obviously having a crisis of conscience. She is unable to sleep and journeys back to The Kingdom to see Morgan (Lennie James) in an effort to get answers about what happened between The Saviors and Alexandria. She still does not know the full story about what happened, or that Glenn, Abraham, Olivia, and Spencer are dead.
Richard is purposely creating tension between The Kingdom and The Saviors, tension that gets one of their own killed. It’s easy to understand what Richard (Karl Makinen) is trying to do, but his reckless behavior is costing more than lives. However, it is just the catalyst that is needed to finally force a decision from Ezekiel (Khary Payton). When Morgan realizes the truth, he can hardly contain his rage.
Things are coming to a head, it’s plain to see. Alexandria, Hilltop, The Kingdom and Rick’s new allies at the dump are all headed on a collision course with Negan and his Saviors. Wars have started over less, but we find out just one cantaloupe can trigger.
Again Lenny James proves what a tremendous actor he is. Without saying a single word during Richard’s confession, he conveyed an entire range of emotions and made known his intentions. The man is a master at his craft and it would be a crime if he is overlooked by the Emmy’s this year. This was without a doubt Morgan’s episode.
Emotions ran pretty high this week and we get to see that humanity is not yet lost in characters like Richard, Ezekiel, Carol, and Morgan. Even Gavin (Jayson Warner Smith) showed that though he sides with Negan, he’s not a completely cold-hearted and dispassionate man. It’s characters like Gavin and believe it or not Dwight who could have a major role to play in the events to come. It’s short-sighted to think that The Saviors can be beaten without some kind of help from within their ranks.
Eugene is perfectly placed to help Rick and the others when the time comes, the question is, will he. Sasha and Rosita carrying out their own plan to get rid of Negan has some serious flaws, they too will need help from within. And you cannot count out Morgan and Carol executing their own plans to seek justice. Killing Negan isn’t just a moral imperative for the sake of humanity. Many people have reasons to want him dead.
Can Morgan’s sanity survive his fall from the killing wagon? The group’s chances of defeating The Saviors may very well depend on it. If he goes off the reservation again, he might not ever recover. Carol might be the key to his salvation and maintaining his self-control. The dynamic of those two is really very interesting due to the fact that they are both broken in very similar ways. The paths they each have taken to help restore themselves are very different, but they may be able to help each other hang on to the best versions of themselves.
“Bury Me Here” may be one of the top rated episodes of the season, it deserves the accolades. But again, the writers are setting us up for something big on the horizon. Most of the episodes since returning from the mid-season break have been emotional and character driven. As the conflict with The Saviors looms ever closer, things will not stay touchy-feely for much longer. We can expect a bloodbath on The Walking Dead sooner rather than later.
Trivia – Khary Payton who plays King Ezekiel is the voice of Aqualad (Kaldur’ahm) in Young Justice, Cyborg in Teen Titans Go, Grimlock in Transformers: Robots In Disguise and many more.