The Walking Dead: Morgan told Carol the truth because he realized she had to know

Lennie James as Morgan Jones - The Walking Dead _ Season 7, Episode 15 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Lennie James as Morgan Jones - The Walking Dead _ Season 7, Episode 15 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC /

Morgan finally told Carol the truth about Alexandria on The Walking Dead. Did he do it because she needed to know the truth or just because he won’t keep secrets anymore?

Early on in The Walking Dead “Bury Me Here” Carol goes to Morgan in The Kingdom and wants to know if Daryl told her the truth about the people back in Alexandria. Morgan doesn’t want to answer her. Instead he puts her off by telling her that whatever Daryl told her is between her and Daryl.

But he offers to go back to Alexandria with her if she wants to go find out the truth. He tells her that she shouldn’t go alone. He knows that’s because the truth about what happened between Rick and the others and Negan and The Saviors would devastate her.

Later on in the episode he changes his mind. After Benjamin’s death and after killing Richard with his bare hands Morgan is struggling to keep his sanity. As he drifts back into his pre-“Here’s Not Here” mentality he goes to Carol. He wants to say goodbye. And he wants to give her the chance to know the truth about what happened. Morgan is done keeping secrets.

Morgan and Carol are realizing the same truth in this episode. Both are coming to terms with the fact in The Walking Dead world it’s not possible to hide from death. And that morality is a luxury they can no longer afford.

Switching Places

Morgan has been thrown into a tailspin by the events of “Bury Me Here”. His grasp on sanity is slipping. He’s never fully dealt with his issues about Dwayne’s death. The death of Benjamin, who was a surrogate son to him, put him right back into the destructive mentality he was in back in season 3 when Rick found him in “Clear”. Now he needs to withdraw from the world and from other people the way that Carol did when she left Alexandria and moved into the cottage outside The Kingdom.

Carol’s ready to give up her cottage and rejoin the ranks. Finding out the truth about Glenn and Abe pushed her into finally taking action and getting back in the fight. She’s going to convince King Ezekiel that The Kingdom needs to fight. After what happened to Benjamin and the fallout from Richard’s sabotage King Ezekiel already knows that fighting is the only viable option for The Kingdom.

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Hopefully Morgan will be able to come back from this if he gets a break the way that Carol did. But this may be what forces Morgan to abandon his idea that all life is precious. He can no longer deny that in The Walking Dead world death is the only absolute and that the rules of morality that existed in the previous world don’t apply to this one.