In The Walking Dead finale Morgan finally came through and is ready to kill

Lennie James as Morgan Jones, Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes - The Walking Dead _ Season 7, Episode 16 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Lennie James as Morgan Jones, Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes - The Walking Dead _ Season 7, Episode 16 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC /

For the last couple of seasons Morgan’s refusal to kill on The Walking Dead has created problems for him and for Rick, Carol and the people of Alexandria. Now he’s ready to kill again, but will Rick be able to count on him for the duration of the war?

Finally Morgan’s “all life is precious” philosophy fell apart. Even though it took many deaths and gto get to this point at last he’s fully on Team Family again. The Walking Dead season finale had Morgan arriving just in time to save Rick. He fought hard in the battle to save Alexandria from Negan and The Saviors. Will it last?

Rick needs to know that he can count on Morgan to fight consistently. After the battle Alexandria’s ranks are depleted. Even with the help of The Hilltop and The Kingdom Alexandria is going to be short fighters. And now Negan and The Saviors are going to be coming for Alexandria with everything they have.

The Saviors have considerable resources. But Rick only has the guns that he took from Oceanside and the residents of Alexandria. Morgan has to be committed to the fight or he will be a weak link that could end up getting people killed.

Morgan seems to have finally accepted that surviving in The Walking Dead world means killing. There’s no way around that. It’s possible Morgan sees killing as a temporary necessity in order to secure a longer lasting peace in which he can return to his philosophy about the sanctity of life. But right now he needs to be able to convince Rick and the others that they can count on him.

Morgan’s Mental State

Benjamin’s death rocked Morgan and sent him back into the same kind of fugue state he was in back in season 3 in the “Clear” episode. But King Ezekiel and Carol seem to be able to reach him even though Rick couldn’t. Now he seems focused and ready to kill The Saviors.

Morgan and Carol have been on parallel journeys for most of season 7 and the last half of season 6. When they clashed over Morgan taking the Wolf prisoner it seemed like he and Carol were not going to be able to share the same space for very long. But now they have a mutual understanding that is based in realizing the reality of having to kill.

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If Morgan is really ready to finally abandon his philosophy, even if it’s just temporary, he can be a huge asset for Rick. Rick trusts him. And Morgan is a very skilled fighter with both guns and his stick. But even if Morgan stays at Alexandria Rick is going to need to find more fighters that will fill out the ranks a little. It seems like Rick is going to have to make a trip back to Oceanside. Or he will need to send Tara back there to try and convince the Oceanside women to join the fight too. When The Walking Dead returns the real battle for survival begins for Team Family.