The Walking Dead Episode Review : "The Well"

by StevenHelmer

A review of the season 7 television episode that first aired October 30, 2016

Synopsis: Carol (Melissa McBride) and Morgan (Lennie James) are taken to a town known as The Kingdom and helped by the people there, including the city's ruler, King Ezekiel (Khary Payton). There's just one problem, Carol has no interest in remaining there and makes plans to leave the first chance she gets.

Review

To tell you the truth, after being a bit disappointed by last week's season premiere, I wasn't really sure if I wanted to take the time to watch this episode last night and, instead, debated recording it so I could watch a movie. However, after learning about the Bengal tiger-toting King Ezekiel, I did find I was somewhat intrigued.

I'm going to start out by saying this episode wasn't one of my favorites overall. While I don't expect a series like this to have non-stop action, I do find episodes that focus solely on character introduction/development a little dull. And, unfortunately, this was one of those episodes that did fall into that category. That being said, there were some things I liked about it too.

I think the thing that really stood out for me was Ezekiel himself and the land he refers to as the Kingdom. The mix of modern-day and medieval times was unusual to the point it managed to keep things somewhat interesting, especially since there was a bit of mystery about his concept and why people were choosing to follow him without question. He definitely carried this episode.

And, while I did have some mixed emotions about the writers revealing Ezekiel's past to us, I thought his former identity, as a zookeeper, made a lot of sense, as did his explanation.

My biggest complaint about this episode (other than the lack of action) was the decision to have Carol and Morgan discover the Kingdom. There was a time when I liked both of these characters but their stories are honestly growing a little stale now, especially with Carol, who has had her identity crisis for way too long. I think it would have been better to see them rescue Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and help her deliver her baby or interact with about a half dozen other characters.

Final Opinion

I'm honestly a bit intrigued by Ezekiel, especially since he's also enemies with Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). I just wish the entire episode would have been a little better because, a few weeks from now, I'm sure I'm going to completely forget about what happened.

My Grade: C

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Updated: 11/21/2016, StevenHelmer
 
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dustytoes on 11/01/2016

As far as the timeline, we do just have to guess. But my son pointed out that Negan's fun happened at night, and Carol was talking with Ezekial at night, so that could have been the same night, in 2 different places. Or not. Who knows.

StevenHelmer on 11/01/2016

I really hope that splitting up of the characters doesn't last too long because I really do hate that. It's very hard to keep track of the overall timeline when they do that. Did Negan kill Glenn and Abraham before they met Ezekiel? Did it happen afterwards? Or, was it going on at the same time?

dustytoes on 11/01/2016

The pig storyline was the most interesting in this episode. Ezekial is an interesting character but the whole tiger thing was a bit too far-fetched for my liking. Morgan and Carol are boring. It looks like the writers have gone back to their old - "split up the people and do one show a week about each of them" theme. It certainly seems to give these actors a lot of time off, and guarantees some forgetable episodes.

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