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Season 7 of The Walking Dead has been a tricky one. With Negan ruling over the other communities with an iron fist, and our group spread across different locations, it certainly feels like the series is doing the groundwork for an epic battle against The Saviors. But in order to do that, The Kingdom and King Ezekiel are going to have to get the hell on board and unite with Alexandria, The Hilltop, and The Scavengers (aka the garbage people). And with Ezekiel wary to endanger his people, it looks like Morgan the pacifist is the only one who can change his mind.
Unfortunately, this comes at odds to Morgan's views against violence and killing. And according to showrunner Scott Gimple (via TV Line), Morgan's belief system is going to conflict with the impending war. He said,
He thought that he had found [in the Kingdom] a place that worked for him, where he didn't have to worry about killing or not killing. But in this world, [that issue] always finds him.
When is Morgan gonna learn? You just can't escape the violence in the zombie apocalypse, no matter how awesome you are with a bo staff.
Morgan has been an interesting character through The Walking Dead's long tenure. While he was originally a fan favorite who would show up once every few seasons, he's since become a regular cast member. Unfortunately, he joined the group with a stark opposition to killing. And while this seems idyllic, the reality and brutality of their world will always make murder an aspect of their survival; groups are violent more often than not, and are willing to kill you for what you have.
It is important to note that Morgan did go against his beliefs to save Carol in Season 6's finale. He once again branded a pistol and shot a Savior who had been torturing the cookie lady. This is presumably weighing on his conscious, and most likely a factor for why he told King Ezekiel to not engage in Rick's war against The Saviors. But it's clear that all of their relationships with The Saviors is just not sustainable, as he and his group are shown to be cruel for sport and will destroy The Kingdom as soon as the supplies stop coming.
Hopefully Morgan's revelation will come sooner rather than later, or the fandom very well may give up on the character. Morgan has been endangering Alexandria since the moment he stepped in, from imprisoning the Alpha Wolf to discouraging Rick's revolution. So while we were excited for Lennie James to become a regular cast member, Morgan has been a let down as of late. It's unclear what will bring Morgan to reality, but perhaps the long gestating flirtation between he and Carol will result in a wake up call. That, or Rosita will straight up bitch slap him and get to business.
The Walking Dead airs Sundays on AMC.