It's been a while since I posted any reviews on The Walking Dead, but after watching last night's episode (the best one in the series so far), I can't help but express my heartbreak over the events that unfolded.
Finally, Morgan returns, and if you read the comics you were already prepared for it being a gut wrenching episode.
Well, the last time we saw Morgan he was trying, unsuccessfully, to put a bullet in his zombie wife's brain. He couldn't and because of that his son died. Now alone, Morgan is a broken man, an empty shell of who he once was. Rick discovers him living in an old apartment, filled with an impressive armory of weapons, grenades, clever booby- traps and strange markings scribbled onto the walls. (ie. CLEAR, DUANE TURNED) It took Rick a beat before he could finally convince Morgan that he was real. Morgan gets angry, blaming him for not being there when he needed him the most. He fills our beloved/crazy sheriff in on what happened once he took off for Atlanta, which to Rick's horror has sent Morgan spiraling into depression and madness. He refuses Rick's offer to join Team Prison, saying that he has to "clear"...whatever that means.
Morgan tells Rick that good people like him and his son will die, the bad people too, but the weak people, like himself, will inherit the earth. I don't believe you're weak, Morgan. In fact, you're the exact opposite. Even in your mental state you survived the death of your wife and son. You chose to keep on living when it would have been so easy to end it all with a single bullet.
Morgan is one of my favorite characters in TWD series, and I've heard whispers that he will make an appearance in the Season 3 finale. I'm not sure if this news should make me happy or not. Will he take Tyreese's place and be slaughtered by the governor like in the comics? Or will he be their shining knight in battle armor if they are brought to their knees in the showdown with the governor? I really hope it's the latter.
There were other memorable things about this episode.
The sweet moment between Michonne and Carl which leads him to saying "I think she's one of us."
When they leave the hitchhiker, not once, but twice only to find him mutilated bthe road on their journey home. It's good to see that Rick is no longer picking up strays. As cold as it may seem, not everyone can be trusted andwe don't need another Randall situation. The song at the end was a nice way to finish the episode. I think that seeing Morgan in his state has opened Rick's eyes, giving him a glimpse of his future if he doesn't stop doing, "Stuff" and "Things" and get his act together.
In all, this is definitely my favorite episode of the entire TWD series, one that will haunt me forever.