Blogging Dead (s6ep4): Here’s Not Here

Posted: November 2, 2015 in Television, The Walking Dead

Morgan tells his story…

Following the troubled interaction with Rick back near his home, Morgan sets out to “clear” everything. He seems to choose not to distinguish between walkers and living humans, as everyone is at risk of his pointy stick. Eventually, he stumbles upon a meadow and a cabin just through the trees. While he tries to get the jump on the resident, he is knocked out and jailed inside the cabin. The man reveals himself to be Eastman, and implores Morgan try to take an opportunity to choose life. Though Morgan attempts to plot an escape, Eastman reveals that he was never truly a prisoner and Morgan can make a choice to stay or go. Though their relationship continues to be rocky, Morgan slowly learns from Eastman how to be at peace within the volatile world.

Morgan’s Rehabilitation: Even after having a chance for redemption with Rick a few seasons ago, Morgan never truly recovered while still in his loft. He turned savage for some time, having attempted to save people and feeling like he was failing. While failing to distinguish between walkers and humans, Morgan turned totally savage. What Eastman is finally able to reveal about Morgan was the fact that the loss of his wife and son were continuing to haunt him. Morgan’s fight to “clear” everything stemmed from an unescapable void in his heart. While he relapsed at the sight of the boy he killed, ultimately leading to Eastman’s death, the kindness of Eastman and fear in the couple he saved seemed to pull him back into reality. It may have been too late for Eastman, but Morgan was able to carry Eastman’s teachings and attempt to make peace in an non-peaceful world.

walking-dead-morganEastman’s Dilemma: While the dichotomy in the personalities of Morgan and Eastman throughout the episode was interesting, what caught my attention more was Eastman’s story for how he became the image of peace. Where Morgan lost his family in the apocalypse, Eastman’s loss happened prior and in a truly horrible fashion. Crighton Dallas Wilton’s actions were truly evil and horrific, and most people would not fault Eastman’s decision to let him starve to death. This decision truly made Eastman into the person Morgan met during his darkness. While both Eastman and Morgan technically did horrific things to their sources of evil, Eastman was able to recall a sense of purpose on his own. This was important to Morgan’s survival.

twdheresnothere-157130The True Nature of the Wolves: With the wrap-around at the end of the episode, it was a surprise that Morgan was actually talking the Wolf he fought in Alexandria. It was initially possible that he was actually telling his story to Deanna, except that he would likely have done this before the Wolf attack. Telling the story to the Wolf, Morgan thought he was starting the process of the guy’s rehabilitation. The difference between Morgan’s rehabilitation and the Wolf was in their brutality and awareness. Morgan had been out of his mind and kept asking to be killed, essentially trying to escape his horrific past. The Wolf appears to simply want to live by his group’s code and kill everyone outside of their group. It is likely that Morgan saving this guy’s life will backfire, either for Morgan being able to stay in Alexandria or for someone else’s ability to survive within the walls.

Glenn’s story still has not been told, but it is unclear that we will get the answers even next week. Regardless, this was an impressive episode and finally explained all of the experiences of Morgan.

In Memoriam: Guys in the Woods, Tabitha, Eastman

Question of the Week: What do you believe will become of the Wolf in Morgan’s cell? Will he turn, get free and kill someone, or ultimately be disposed of before doing any damage?

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