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The Walking Dead’s Version of Kingdom is a Lot Like the Comic’s

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The Walking Dead’s Version of Kingdom is a Lot Like the Comic’s

SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for tonight’s episode of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” as well as the Image Comics series of the same name.


Tonight’s episode of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” “The Well,” gave us our first good look at The Kingdom, the new group of survivors encountered by Morgan last season. Although the community is new to viewers of the AMC drama, The Kingdom has been a major part of the comic book’s narrative for quite a while. Readers will likely be pleased to know the location on the television series looks almost exactly like it does on the page.

We’ve already seen a few of the soldiers from The Kingdom, mounted on horses, clad in armor and brandishing medieval-looking spears. Tonight, we were also introduced to their leader Ezekiel (played by Khary Payton) and his trusty tiger Shiva.

The Kingdom From "The Walking Dead" #108

The Kingdom from “The Walking Dead” #108

However, you already knew they were coming. What should be most satisfying of all to comic fans is Ezekiel’s headquarters, in a high-school auditorium, and his dialogue, pulled straight from the books. By the end of the episode, he has delivered a monologue that reveals his backstory, and how his role as a eccentric, spiritual and theatrical leader is somewhat of a put-on, fueled by his theater experience. It’s almost word for word what he says to Michonne in the comic, although here he’s speaking to Carol.

Does that mean they’ll fall in love this season? Time will tell. Stay tuned for our full recap of “The Well.”

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