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‘The Walking Dead’: Is This the Most Devastating Death Yet?

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We all knew there could also be casualties when the heroes of The Walking Dead decided to mount an offensive in opposition to the Saviors, nonetheless in the Sunday, November 12, episode, the summary information turned exact in the worst method. After an overconfident Ezekiel (Khary Payton) walked his forces correct proper right into a dying entice, virtually no individual from the Kingdom was left alive — and that was solely in the first 5 minutes of the most devastating episode up to now this season.

Here are all the horrible factors that occurred in the newest dispatch from AMC’s zombie drama.

The Kingdom Falls

You needed to love King Ezekiel’s gusto in the lead as rather a lot as the battle with the Saviors, nonetheless alas, all the hammy psych-em-up speeches in the world had been no match for a hail of actual bullets. An overhead group shot of the Kingdom’s navy in a pre-battle embrace segued seamlessly to a fairly a bit grimmer one: the equal troopers lay ineffective in a pile, killed defending their king. And Ezekiel, badly injured and emotionally wrecked, was left to scramble by the area of quickly reanimating corpses that was his most loyal issues. Don’t fear, guys … it’s going to get fairly a bit, fairly a bit worse.

Delusions of Grandeur

At first, it appeared like a single surviving Kingdom soldier could also be Ezekiel’s saving grace — just for a bespectacled, balding Savior to shoot the man after which lead His Majesty as soon as extra in the route of the compound, taunting him all the whereas. The man often called Ezekiel “a meaningless con man in a costume” 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 coronary coronary heart. Jerry (Cooper Andrews) confirmed up collectively collectively together with his battle-ax to keep away from losing quite a few the day (and create the episode’s most memorable shot, whereby the Savior’s cleaved torso was decrease up in two to disclose Ezekiel on the utterly completely different aspect), nonetheless the full expertise left Zeke ready to surrender the full “king” problem solely — although Jerry made it clear that the royal fantasy is a sturdy motivator for everybody, not merely the man on the throne.

“Your Majesty,” he talked about, solely to have Ezekiel interrupt: “You don’t need to call me that.”

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Jerry appeared exasperated. “Dude? Yes, I do.”

Carol’s Choice

Meanwhile, Carol (Melissa McBride) survived the carnage out of doors the compound and went on alone to intention to full the mission, killing quite a few Saviors in a quest to maintain up them from getting weapons to the Sanctuary. But after a firefight in the parking lot, she was compelled to choose: take out the escaping Saviors or rescue Ezekiel and Jerry from a zombie onslaught out of doors the fence. She chosen to keep away from losing quite a few her mates — though she optimistic took her time debating it. Fortunately, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Daryl (Norman Reedus) had been in a position to choose up the ball the place she dropped it, arriving merely in time to chase down the truck and presents Action Hero Rick his monumental chance to have a slap struggle in a shifting automobile.

Heavy Is the Head That Wears the Crown

With nothing left of the Kingdom’s navy nonetheless Carol, Jerry, and Ezekiel, the three struggled to make their method by the zombie-infested forest to security — a journey made that comparatively additional troublesome by the indisputable fact that Ezekiel spent the full time having an existential disaster and yelling at the others (in his frequent voice, not his king voice) to depart him behind.

Cooper Andrews as Jerry on ‘The Walking Dead’
Cooper Andrews as Jerry on ‘The Walking Dead’ Gene Page/AMC

It all obtained proper right 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 mates may get away. But instead, a particular hero emerged to make the final sacrifice: Shiva, whose whereabouts was an open query all episode extended, leapt out of the forest with tooth bared. But due to The Walking Dead hates us and desires us to be depressing (and likewise presumably due to the CGI tiger was a significant drain on their manufacturing funds), Shiva, the extraordinarily environment friendly and nice predator, was no match for six waterlogged strolling corpses with no muscle tone. (RIP, Shiva.)

And when Ezekiel walked as soon as extra by the gates of the Kingdom, there could also be no scenery-chewing speeches about remaining hopeful in the face of defeat. Not now, and perhaps not ever as quickly as additional.

The Walking Dead airs on AMC Sundays at 9 p.m. ET.

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