*** Graphic Novel Spoiler Alert ***
My writer friend and I were talking about TWD last week, sharing our frustration that the “Is He is or is He ain’t my Zombie” question (viz a vis Glenn) for ninety minutes of Morgan exposition.
For both of us, it seemed a disappointing ratings trick for a show that has generally eschewed that kind of tomfoolery.
Then I started thinking about my previous post … about how the survivors “out there” are possessors of “special knowledge.” After all, if you’re all of a sudden invaded by … well … anything, you want seasoned Navy Seals in your front yard, not the Gardening Club.
Last week’s episode shows us that Morgan, too, has Special Knowledge: he has been to the edge of human understanding, jumped off the cliff, and swum around in the nasty waters of insanity, only to life to come back from it all, pretty much better than before.
He’s lost everything, including himself, turned into a killing animal, only to come back – with instruction and help – a spiritually evolved human being.
That’s it’s own kind of Badass.
If, as Michonne said late in Season Five, Rick was out there “almost too long,” and we got the idea that he was, Morgan’s history presents the notion that world views are no longer in conflict: civilized restraint of human impulses (which is necessary for a smooth-running society) versus the brutality needed to fight the world’s various adversities, the conflict we’ve seen so far. Morgan presents a third vantage point that mediates the two. Morgan has fought, he defeated all the threats, but he still maintains his humanity. Morgan has successfully mediated these two extremes, even if it is a constant renegotiation of balance.
For Carol, too, this is an important influence to have. Morgan is already “preaching the gospel” to her.
If Glenn is dead, and my friend thinks the outcome has only been withheld so Maggie can say good-bye, then this is going to seriously f*** Rick up. He is going to need someone like Morgan, who will go from protege to mentor to keep Rick spiritually – if not also physically – alive.
Maggie, having now lost her entire family, might experiment with a much-deserved emotional breakdown herself. She earned it.
Showing that Morgan has the experience and wisdom to guide them out of their spiritual apocalypses, just as Rick did the environmental one, allows the reader to believe and hope that he (Morgan) can do it.
That would make sense for the interjection of the Morgan exposition at this point in the story line. It’s my prediction – that the writers are now presenting a third “option” for existence personified by Morgan’s new philosophy.
I hope to G-d Glenn’s not dead. Yeah, Yeah, he dies in the books. So does Carol and a half a dozen others that are still around. Pish Posh. There’s a lot of characters alive in the books (I’ve finished up to Volume 8) that have long since ended their TV-bound existence, too.
I doubt it though.