All of us knew there can be casualties when the heroes of The Strolling Lifeless determined to mount an offensive towards the Saviors, however within the Sunday, November 12, episode, the summary information turned actual within the worst approach. After an overconfident Ezekiel (Khary Payton) walked his forces right into a loss of life entice, nearly nobody from the Kingdom was left alive — and that was solely within the first 5 minutes of essentially the most devastating episode up to now this season.
Listed below are all of the horrible issues that occurred within the newest dispatch from AMC’s zombie drama.
The Kingdom Falls
You needed to love King Ezekiel’s gusto within the lead as much as the battle with the Saviors, however alas, all of the hammy psych-em-up speeches on the planet had been no match for a hail of precise bullets. An overhead group shot of the Kingdom’s military in a pre-battle embrace segued seamlessly to a a lot grimmer one: the identical troopers lay useless in a pile, killed defending their king. And Ezekiel, badly injured and emotionally wrecked, was left to scramble via the sector of quickly reanimating corpses that was once his most loyal topics. Don’t fear, guys … it will get a lot, a lot worse.
Delusions of Grandeur
At first, it appeared like a single surviving Kingdom soldier can be Ezekiel’s saving grace — just for a bespectacled, balding Savior to shoot the person after which lead His Majesty again towards the compound, taunting him all of the whereas. The man known as Ezekiel “a meaningless con man in a fancy dress” affected by “delusions of grandeur” — which was a hell of a harsh judgment coming from a person who appeared like an underachieving escapee from the Scumbag Stephen King cosplayer’s conference. Worse, Ezekiel clearly took the spectacled scumbag’s insults to coronary heart. Jerry (Cooper Andrews) confirmed up together with his battle-ax to save lots of the day (and create the episode’s most memorable shot, during which the Savior’s cleaved torso was break up in two to disclose Ezekiel on the opposite aspect), however the entire expertise left Zeke ready to surrender the entire “king” factor completely — regardless that Jerry made it clear that the royal fantasy is a robust motivator for everybody, not simply the person on the throne.
“Your Majesty,” he mentioned, solely to have Ezekiel interrupt: “You don’t must name me that.”
Jerry appeared exasperated. “Dude? Sure, I do.”
In the meantime, Carol (Melissa McBride) survived the carnage exterior the compound and went on alone to attempt to full the mission, killing a number of Saviors in a quest to maintain them from getting weapons to the Sanctuary. However after a firefight within the parking zone, she was pressured to choose: take out the escaping Saviors or rescue Ezekiel and Jerry from a zombie onslaught exterior the fence. She selected to save lots of her buddies — though she certain took her time debating it. Happily, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Daryl (Norman Reedus) had been in a position to choose up the ball the place she dropped it, arriving simply in time to chase down the truck and provides Motion Hero Rick his huge probability to have a slap combat in a transferring automobile.
Heavy Is the Head That Wears the Crown
With nothing left of the Kingdom’s military however Carol, Jerry, and Ezekiel, the three struggled to make their approach via the zombie-infested forest to security — a journey made that rather more troublesome by the truth that Ezekiel spent your entire time having an existential disaster and yelling on the others (in his regular voice, not his king voice) to depart him behind.
All of it got here to a head in a creek mattress filled with sewage-drenched walkers, the place Ezekiel tried to make a final heroic stand so his buddies may get away. However as a substitute, a unique hero emerged to make the final word sacrifice: Shiva, whose whereabouts was an open query all episode lengthy, leapt out of the forest with tooth bared. However as a result of The Strolling Lifeless hates us and desires us to be depressing (and likewise in all probability as a result of the CGI tiger was a critical drain on their manufacturing price range), Shiva, the highly effective and superb predator, was no match for six waterlogged strolling corpses with no muscle tone. (RIP, Shiva.)
And when Ezekiel walked again via the gates of the Kingdom, there can be no scenery-chewing speeches about remaining hopeful within the face of defeat. Not now, and perhaps not ever once more.
The Strolling Lifeless airs on AMC Sundays at 9 p.m. ET.
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