‘The Walking Dead’ Resurrects a Character in “The Damned” & Twitter is Shook

Corey Denis
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SPOILER ALERT: This post contains spoilers from the Season 8, Episode 2 of The Walking Dead, entitled “The Damned.” Proceed with caution.

The Walking Dead season 8 episode 2 picked up exactly where episode 1 left off: all-out war. The episodes have almost nothing else in common. While season 8 episode 1 is about “Mercy”, episode 2 “The Damned” is all about tactics. From armor to sharpshooting skills and ethical dilemmas on the battlefield, season 8 episode 2 places fans in the middle of battle.

Through the din of war, Ezekiel’s propensity for Shakespearean tragedies provides levity, while Morgan is reborn, and Tara has a disagreement with Jesus. Season 8 episode 2 proves battle scenes can be rife with a storyline, but it’s the rebirth of Morgan, and the resurrection of a character from the past shaking Twitter to its core.

A Time For War

All-out war is not an exaggeration. It’s war, it’s hell, it’s happening fast and “The Damned” doesn’t waste time. Fighting tactics are revealed immediately, and it’s a badass strategy.

ICYMI King Ezekiel is the Thespian Everyone Needs

The battle doesn’t break the King. Ezekiel proves once again he can turn all the world’s apocalypse into a Shakespearean stage. The theater is his survival tactic, and it’s working.

Nobody Puts Baby In A Corner

Breaking character, Ezekiel explains his theatrical affect to Carol; it’s all an act. “Fake it ’til ya make it, baby” he explains, referring to his own survival tactics. Carol’s reaction gives Twitter life.

Oh S–t, It’s Morales

Carol’s facial expressions aside, a blast from the past is an unexpected shock. Morales is back! And he’s with the Saviors. The initial surprise of his appearance created an all-out Tweetsorm.

Um, Wait, Who Is Morales?

Problem is, everyone forgot about Morales because 7 years is a long, long time ago.

Oh Right, THAT Guy.

“Who is Morales” almost took down search engines, while fans Tweeted answers.

Does Morales know Negan killed Glenn? If he knows, does he care?

A Time To Love

Morales’ arrival shook Twitter, but Carzekiel is coming and the Internet is ready. In a world full of walkers, love may spring eternal for Carol and Ezekiel.

A Time to Die (maybe)

Carzekiel may be coming, but Aaron and Eric are already in love and nobody wants either of them to die. Sadly, it doesn’t matter what anyone wants for either of them. All out war is hell, and the couple may find themselves separated forever.

Please don’t die Eric. Please don’t die Eric. Please don’t die Eric.

Morgan The Immortal

Eric’s future is currently unknown, and that sucks. Too bad he isn’t Morgan, because in the world according to Morgan, he can’t die.

During a battle, Morgan appears to take a bullet and drops to the ground.

Don’t worry, Morgan is right. He isn’t going to die, not today. Presumably saved by his armor, Morgan rises a changed man, without a scratch, but his code of ethic and morals is dead. Replaced by killing tactics, Morgan’s code is no longer his tool for survival. Morgan is the new harbinger of death amid a post-apocalyptic battle. Watch out, Saviors. Morgan wants to kill you, he’s got two guns and a new set of tactics.

ICYMI Shiva Knows Best

Saving the day is what Shiva does best. Meow.

Um, What About Father Gabriel?

Father Gabriel did not appear in this episode, so we’ll just have to wait another week to see if he really needed to change into his s–tin pants.

Tara vs Jesus

Just because two people are fighting for the same cause doesn’t mean they share a moral code. Jesus wants to show mercy to saviors who appear willing to surrender, but Tara has a different idea.

The two argue but remain united in the cause. Their unity doesn’t stop Twitter from doing what it does best: choosing a side.



So. Intense. O.M.F.G.

Real-time reviews are in, and in between googling “Who Is Morales“, Twitter approves of “The Damned.”

The intensity of season 8 episode 2 is muffled by the surprise of not one, but two resurrections. Walking into season 8 episode 3, Morgan has risen as a different version of himself, and Morales is back. Will Morgan lose his mind without his code of morals and ethics? Will Morales rejoin Rick Grimes and co in the fight for a better world? Morales appears to be guarding a baby named “Gracie” but the rest of the story will have to wait until next week. Once again, The Walking Dead leaves fans with a cliffhanger, and enough questions to keep everyone Tweeting until next week.

Did you watch The Walking Dead season8 episode 2? What do you think about the new Morgan? Did you recognize Morales? Which side are you on: Tara or Jesus? Let us know @getfandom on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
Corey Denis
Corey lives in San Francisco, where she enjoys teaching herself Dothraki & playing too much Hearthstone.
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