Ezekiel’s worst anxiousness has come to pass.
The ruler of The Kingdom remained submissive to The Saviors for as lengthy as he did out of anxiousness of shedding his other folks. By his relationship with Carol and Morgan, extra fueled by the loss of Benjamin, he put that aside to withhold out real by those who’ve put their belief in him — put belief within the image of King Ezekiel he projected. Now he lies on the battlefield, proper outdoors a Sanctuary outpost, with the bodies of his other folks littered spherical him. These males and females threw themselves on high of Ezekiel to provide protection to their king from the heavy machine gun fire that took their squadron all at as soon as.
At this level, it’s virtually a real of passage for the characters on The Strolling Dreary to merely about lose themselves, ideal to upward push from the ashes of loss as someone unique. We’ve seen it with Rick, Carol, and Morgan, but Ezekiel’s downward spiral is a more contained anecdote within the overarching anecdote of the assault on the Saviors — and it’s more layered and deliberate.
We peep a explore of Ezekiel’s proper self through his day after day regimen. Keep in mind, the staunch Ezekiel was proper a suited zookeeper with a fondness for the theater, and it takes time to rework into the King Ezekiel persona. As he explained remaining season, it’s a persona the opposite folks wanted to imagine in, and so he played the piece.
When Ezekiel wakes below a pile of slow bodies after the surprise assault, it looks he’s the ideal survivor, maimed by the present bullet damage in his leg. He’s forced to breeze his method alongside the ground as contributors of his kingdom now flip on him as walkers. One, as we peep in a flashback, is a mom whose son offered vegetation as a goodbye proper luck charm. One other is a one who kissed his wife and unique child toddler earlier than picking up fingers. One other is Daniel, the redheaded soldier who remained by his king’s facet. Every, with their now scarred faces and slow eyes, haunts Ezekiel as an undead reminder of the opposite folks he ended in slaughter.
He’s forced to poke himself alongside the ground because the slow encroach, unable to face or walk on the injured leg lengthy adequate to walk or assault. Alvaro, who managed to outlive the onslaught, emerges to provide protection to his king, irrespective of Ezekiel’s instructions to switch away him and put himself. Nonetheless as Alvaro mentioned, he can’t perform that, which makes his loss of life a deeper damage. Alvaro is supporting his limping leader a long way flung from the slow when a bullet tears through his chest. A Savior, a cruel Southern fellow with glasses, reveals himself and takes Ezekiel at gunpoint, with plans to cart him again to The Sanctuary to be chained alongside the walkers linked to its fence.
Ezekiel tries to derive away, but his captor delights in his own coarse ways. He relieves Ezekiel of the knife in his cane, reclaims the weapon when Ezekiel attempts an walk, laughs as he paints lines of blood across Ezekiel’s face, and mentally beats the king by calling him a fallacious prophet who fooled his followers. Viewers’ thirst for vengeance is at remaining satiated, a minimal of, when the pair attain an deadlock: a locked gate trapping them with the walkers. As the Savior goes to abolish Ezekiel so the walkers will beget one thing to snack on while he flees, the Savior’s physique is violently severed down the center by Jerry, who comes crashing in from within the again of with a gargantuan axe.
Again, Ezekiel tells Jerry to switch away him within the again of — but but again, this is no longer one thing his valid self-discipline can perform. So together they flip to face the walkers.
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