Gabriel Brown, 15, a pupil at Duchess’ Community High School, reviews the fourth episode of Season 6 of The Walking Dead,
Before the episode started, I had heard it was a flashback built around Morgan (Lennie James). And so it transpired, beginning with the word NOW on the screen, instantly implying there would at least be one THEN to follow.
The flashback takes place between where we left Morgan in Season 3 until he reappeared in Season 5, showing how he became The Ninja and also who his mentor, the cheesemaker, turned out to be.
Personally, this was a mystery in the show I had been keen to unravel for a while and the episode delivered it very successfully.
We see Morgan back at his all-time low, killing everything that moves, both zombies and humans. He eventually meets a man called Eastman, who (not really a spoiler) you know is going to die anyway, as he wasn’t with Morgan in Season 5. This is a shame, as even though his outlook on the new apocalyptic world would likely get him killed, he is an interesting character, with a great back-story that is covered in the entire episode, while still showing Morgan’s progression as a human. While not the most action-packed instalment, it was unique in its own way - mainly because of Morgan’s change from a madman to a calm sort of guy, back to the madman, before finally coming to rest as totally chilled, training in the beautiful scenery of Georgia.
The transformation of Lennie James’ character has been dramatic anyway, but this episode adds to it and rounds off his story. It transpires that Morgan is telling this tale to the Wolf member he met at the end of Season 5 and he wants to use the same method on this Wolf that Eastman used on him - turning him from monster to mild-mannered man. Whether this will work, due to an injury the enemy had sustained (as well as his death threat to Morgan and the entire community), remains to be seen.
Ending on a (current time) cliffhanger of someone yelling ‘Open the gates!’ I am intrigued to see what happens next, as I always am.
While not bristling with action, Here’s Not Here contains some of the best character building and all-round storytelling The Walking Dead has ever delivered.
The Walking Dead, Fox TV, Mondays, 9pm.