At the beginning of “Monsters,” we catch up with Rick Grimes and Morales. During their heated chat, Morales reveals that Rick, Maggie, and King Ezekiel are all wanted alive rather than dead.
Ironically, if Morales had shot Rick then and there, he might not have been killed. Because he was pointing a gun at Rick Grimes when Daryl entered, it meant the end of his life. Daryl didn’t care who this man used to be.
But, what he revealed tells us a little more about Negan and his methods.
Morales Tells Rick He’s Wanted Alive
Since Rick Grimes, “the widow and the king” are wanted alive, Negan likely has a plan for their capture. Presumably, he’s going to use them as leverage if he ever gets the chance to catch them.
This also means that everyone else is fair game to be killed. In this episode, we see that Aaron is shot, along with around eight of the king’s men. When given a chance, however, Morales chooses not to kill Rick Grimes.
This action, of course, costs him his life.
Daryl Dixon Takes No Prisoners
What’s even more curious about this instance is that Morales does what he was ordered to do. Everyone else on Rick’s side seems to be arguing about when and where to keep prisoners.
For the Saviors, there are only three people that can become a prisoner. Everyone else should be shot. In a sense, there’s much less of a grey area for the Saviors and Negan. Instead, everything is simple: black and white.
As Jesus and Maggie or even Rick and Daryl don’t see eye-to-eye when it comes to prisoners, they’re putting themselves at risk. The Saviors, on the other hand, work more like machines or a hive mentality, than individuals with diverse views.
This lack of individuality comes from the fear that Negan created. With Rick Grimes working to inspire, he’s created a divide amongst the troops. It’s also complicated because Alexandria, the Kingdom, and Hilltop are work very differently from one another.
For now, Rick is safe, but that’s only because Daryl is ruthless.
What do you think Negan would do to Rick if he had caught him?