Richard’s Plan To Sacrifice Himself
It was clear in The Walking Dead’s “Bury Me Here” that someone was likely going to die. The King and his men come across an empty grave that said “Bury Me Here” but it was unclear who dug the grave until later in the episode.
Richard developed a plan where he planned to sacrifice himself. This entailed creating a roadblock, shorting the Saviors supplies, and everything else he had done to clarify that he would be the sacrifice if anything ever happened.
Ready to die, Richard closed his eyes, but then Jared shot Benjamin.
Benjamin Shot At Drop-Off
This was the wrong sacrifice for several reasons. Jared should not have shot Benjamin and based on Gavin’s reaction, it was clear that Richard was the one who should have been shot as a repercussion for the lacking supply.
Jared likely only meant to injure the boy, but he hit an artery and Benjamin bled out on Carol’s table while they were trying to save him. Benjamin was the first to die on the episode, but he wasn’t the last.
Benjamin’s death put Morgan in a downward spiral.
Morgan went to the “Bury Me Here” grave and thought long and hard about taking a knife to his wrist. Morgan was thinking about Benjamin but also thinking about his son Duane and the man he was before he met Eastman.
At the last minute, Morgan decided not to take his own life and ended up kicking over a recycling bin to find the missing cantaloupe. Thinking back, Morgan realized that Richard had set up the entire accident.
Morgan Takes Action For Richard’s Plan
Back in Richard’s room, Richard did his best to explain the situation but also started to reason how it had to happen and how they could continue to move forward because of Benjamin’s death. It looked like Morgan started to agree with him.
At the end of the episode, in one of the most shocking moments of the season, Morgan hit Richard in front of the King and the Saviors. Morgan then dove on top of him and strangled Richard to death in front of everyone.
“I wanted to show you that we get it…” concluded Morgan. Beyond Richard and Benjamin, however, a piece of Morgan and Carol also died in this episode.
Do you think Morgan developed this plan while speaking to Richard?