“So you’re the Rick from Alexandria,” began Morales in “Monsters.” As we catch up with this standoff, it looks like Rick Grimes is in a real pickle. Not only does he have a gun on him, but more are on the way.
“Did you hear what I just said? I know who you are,” reiterated Morales, gun in hand. “I saw it in the mirror through the open door. It wasn’t any kind of blast from the past. As soon as I saw you, I knew you had made the same trip as me.”
“From there to here… I guess we’re not the same guys we used to be. ‘Cause you’re a monster,” said Morales.
Morales Talks To Rick Grimes…
At this point in the episode, we learn about Negan’s mistake. Morales tells Rick that Negan told them not to kill Rick Grimes, “the widow or the King.” If he had simply shot Rick Grimes, he might have had a chance.
Soon after, Daryl Dixon arrives and kills Morales on the spot. Rick, stunned, tries to tell him who that man used to be. Surprisingly, Daryl Dixon knows it was Morales, and he killed him just the same.
Perhaps this is why the episode is called “Monsters” and not just “Monster.” It’s hard to say who is the true “Monster” of the episode.
A Lack Of Compassion In “Monsters”
Morales seems to be the bad guy as he’s the one with the gun, but he’s following orders which is why he doesn’t kill Rick. After we learn he watched Rick kill his friend, it’s strange he didn’t just shoot him.
When Daryl Dixon kills Morales, he drives in the fact that this is all about revenge. Rick Grimes is working for the future, but Daryl is working for the present to get to the future.
In a way, they’ve all “made the same trip.” But, everyone has come to be a survivor in a different way with a different mentality. We see the most struggle, perhaps, within Morgan who picks a fight with Jesus in this episode.
As everyone tries to figure out their place and whether or not to show compassion; only those who have no compassion will survive. At this point, Daryl Dixon is the only character who won’t be double-crossed, because he’s not giving anyone a chance to double-cross him.
Do you think Daryl Dixon is the actual “Monster” in this episode?