Even the best laid out plans seem to not always go the way they were envisioned in the zombie apocalypse, as one of the Kingdom’s knights, Richard, as played by Karl Makinen, in Robert Kirkman’s AMC Mega-hit zombie horror series ‘The Walking Dead‘ knew and came to learn very well.
The fourteenth episode in The Walking Dead’s seventh season entitled, ‘Bury Me Here’ seems to have brought the series and The Kingdom that much closer to war as not just one, but two of King Ezekiel’s, Morgan Jones, merry men were killed in the show’s latest episode. The second death of the episode being Richard, with the first of the Kingdom’s knights death being Benjamin, as played by Logan Miller, and as a result of Richard’s not-so-well laid out plans.
Perhaps the most important aspect of ‘Bury Me Here‘ was of course the ground work being laid for the all out war, which fans of The Walking Dead are expecting to see soon in the zombie apocalypse between the Saviors as led by Negan, played by Jeffery Dean Morgan, and the three communities Alexandria, Hilltop and Kingdom, which Negan’s group of thugs, hoodlums and killers serves to oppress and enslave.
But more importantly, ‘Bury Me Here’ was also a turning point in the ongoing battle with sanity, which two of the show’s fan-favorite characters have been dealing with; Morgan (Lennie James) and Carol (Melissa McBride). As the death of Benjamin seems to have shaken Morgan to the very core of his apocalyptic being, while upon Carol learning of not only Benjamin’s, but also of Glenn and Abraham’s murders at the hands of Negan, seems to have also shaken Carol’s inner demons off of her mental plate, at least for now.
In Morgan’s case, it seems as though Benjamin was in fact that character that perhaps reminded him of his own son, Dwayne, and the other things he seems to have lost with the fall of society; as by the end of ‘Bury Me Here’, Morgan seems on the verge of losing his mind completely and in ways we thought Morgan had long since recovered from. But it is the innocence of Benjamin’s death that might very well have been what helped Morgan to lose his hold on reality so completely in this episode and what that inherently seems to mean for many in the apocalypse.
Benjamin like Glen, may have represented a hope for a better tomorrow and in some ways, those qualities and aspects of ourselves that humanity hopes to perhaps find again once the apocalypse goes away, leading those that remain to a brighter tomorrow full of hope, morality and ongoing survival. But then reality has a way of creeping back into even the life and struggles of two survivors who seemed to be able to rise above even the most horrific of experiences in the apocalypse. ‘Bury Me Here’ serves to remind us that even the strongest among us are really only just as strong as we make ourselves believe that we are, but at the end of the day, we all have our braking points and need a vacation from the evil and inhospitable world around us.
The underlying themes and elements within the story of doing what is right, taking responsibility for one’s actions, deciding whether or not to act or when in fact to act, as well as the guilt felt by survivors over the death and loss of loved one’s because of a failure to act; as is clearly felt by Morgan, Carol and Richard specifically, as well as almost everyone else in the apocalypse, seem to echo throughout the entire episode.
Richard was clearly devastated by the loss of his wife and daughter, while both Morgan and Carol have clearly never gotten over the deaths of their own children, whom they clearly feel responsible for and with the senseless death of Benjamin, each of these characters; including King Ezekial, were effected in ways that inherently changed their unique yet shared perspectives and failures. So that by the end of this episode, every single character at the center of ‘Bury Me Here’, experienced a life changing moment that effected them all similarly, yet distinctly in very apocalyptic ways.
Interestingly, when the Muslim Kindom survivor named Nabilah, as played by Nadine Marissa, says, “Here’s the beautiful thing, your majesty,” when talking about the crops being infected by bugs, “You can burn it and throw it all away, but if you want, it can all grow back.”, we see that this is in actuality a metaphor for life in the apocalypse. A costly metaphor that would seem to say to all survivors that in the end and with time, even the worst of failures in life have a way letting life’s circumstances grow back in ways similar to the way things once were.
‘Bury Me Here’ was a deep and character developing episode that everyone should be sure to watch.