Last night's episode of The Walking Dead was full of shocking moments, and fans found surprise at every turn. The biggest of these however, came at the hands of Morgan.
The man who has preached peace for so long, finally had more than he could handle. After Benjamin was killed, it was clear that Morgan had passed the point of no return. Still, no one expected what he would do next.
Upon meeting the Saviors, Morgan strangled Richard, killing him in cold blood. He told the Saviors - and Ezekiel - of Richard's plans, and that it was his fault Benjamin had been killed.
Still, the move was a total surprise. Many fans didn't think Morgan had it in him, but the character proved the audience wrong.
During an interview with Variety, Lennie James opened up about the events of the episode. The actor revealed exactly what was going on in Morgan's head, and what led him to finally kill Richard.
"I don’t think he woke up that morning thinking, 'I’m going to kill Richard.' I think he woke up that morning thinking he might have to. He did everything he could, short of not showing up, to prevent it from happening. And it became inevitable to a certain extent, when Morgan asked Richard if he’d told the King and the guys what he’d done, and Richard responded with, 'We’ll talk about it later.' That was just the wrong answer, and I think it was a culmination of things: what the death of Benjamin has done to Morgan; who Morgan was trying to be; and that he opened himself up to the possibility of a positive life in the Kingdom, accepting himself as part of a group that doesn’t know his history, only knows him as he is now. That was all taken away from Morgan. Somebody earlier described it as 'Wilderness Morgan”'tried to return. He’s trying to hold Wilderness Morgan at bay, but he is aware war is coming and is unavoidable and he has to take some part in it. His aim is to find peace but he may have go through war to get there."
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