SPOILER ALERT: Do not keep reading if you have not seen Season 8, Episode 4 of “The Walking Dead,” titled “Some Guy”
This week’s episode of “The Walking Dead” is all about King Ezekiel (Khary Payton). While it has been fun for the past season or so to root for the character, this episode delves back into the depressing agony of Season 7 as it explores what makes the king the king.
This week begins with a flashback to the Kingdom just before its citizens set out to join the battle against the Saviors. Ezekiel prepares himself in front of a mirror before stepping outside. He delivers a rousing speech to his people, at the end of which they gather around him in celebration. The scene then abruptly cuts to the aftermath of the end of last week’s episode, in which the Kingdom’s soldiers were gunned down just outside a Savior outpost. Ezekiel crawls out from beneath a pile of bodies, uttering a painful wail as he realizes how many of his people are dead.
His chance to grieve is short-lived, as the bodies begin reanimating as walkers. Ezekiel, with a wounded leg, tries to get away but cannot walk due to his injury. A surviving Kingdom-ite appears and helps him to his feet.
Inside the outpost, a group of Saviors break down the heavy machine gun they used to wipe out Ezekiel’s troops. Unbeknownst to them, Carol (Melissa McBride) is inside the outpost. As they move the guns, she shoots them while she is hidden in the drop ceiling. But before she can do anything with the guns, more Saviors arrive and chase her. They decide to let her go in order to move the guns faster and get them to the Sanctuary.
Outside, Ezekiel and his soldier continue to move but encounter more walkers. Before they can figure out what to do, the soldier is shot in the back by a Savior who looks like the lovechild of Jeffrey Dahmer and Chucky. He forces Ezekiel to continue on at gun point, telling him that he plans to take Ezekiel to the Sanctuary and deliver him to Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). He berates Ezekiel along the way, telling him he is a con man for convincing people that he really is a king.
Meanwhile, Carol has covertly followed the Saviors outside to a waiting truck, where they are loading up the guns to deliver them to the Sanctuary. Carol makes her move but gets pinned down behind a pickup truck as the Saviors open fire. Built Ford Tough must be more than a slogan because despite the Saviors pumping hundreds of rounds into the truck, not a single one makes it through to Carol.
Ezekiel and the Savior make it to the outside of a fence, on the other side of which is the Saviors with the guns and Carol. Ezekiel makes his move and tries to stab the Savior, but he is knocked to the ground before he can. The Savior mocks him again, painting Ezekiel’s face with blood. They arrive at a gate, but it is shut with a lock and chain. Rather than help Ezekiel over the fence, the Savior decides it will be easier to kill him. As he prepares to kill Ezekiel, Jerry (Cooper Andrews) shows up out of nowhere and splits the Savior in half with his axe.
On the other side of the fence, the Saviors decide to save a few bullets, at which point Carol tells them she can reveal the locations of her comrades. One of the Saviors steps forward to disarm her, at which point she grabs him and uses him as a human shield. These being Saviors, of course they decide to shoot through their friend to get to Carol, forcing her to once again take refuge behind the truck. Unbeknownst to them, however, Carol hit a button that opened a different gate, allowing walkers to pour in and attack the Saviors.
Jerry picks off a few of the walkers approaching he and Ezekiel, but more are coming. When Jerry refers to Ezekiel as “your Majesty,” Ezekiel says there’s no need to call him that. Jerry disagrees. He is also unable to break the lock and the walkers close in on them. He and Ezekiel stand side by side and begin fighting off every walker they can.
Carol now has the remaining Saviors pinned down, but she notices Ezekiel and Jerry on the other side of the fence out of the corner of her eye. She runs to assist them, allowing the Saviors to jump into the truck carrying the guns and escape.
In a flashback, Ezekiel tells Carol more about himself before the apocalypse, of how he was meek and timid in real life and acted out his fantasies of being courageous on stage. He and Carol share a moment as they reminisce on how they became the people they are today.
As they try to figure out how to stop the truck carrying the guns from getting to the Sanctuary, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Daryl (Norman Reedus) arrive and give chase. Daryl, on his motorcyle, engages in a high-speed shootout with the Saviors on the truck while Rick follows in a jeep. Daryl wipes out trying to avoid fire from one of the machine guns.
Rick keeps up the chase, with Daryl eventually catching up and shooting the Savior in the back of the truck manning the gun. Rick then pulls up alongside the truck and jumps onboard. He manages to throw the Savior driving out, but the truck goes off the road. Daryl walks up as Rick is pulling himself out of the wreck, apparently unhurt.
Ezekiel, Carol, and Jerry, begin making their way back toward the Kingdom. Ezekiel insists they leave him behind, as he is slowing them down. Carol and Jerry refuse. They come to an industrial waste spill in a creek, where several walkers are trapped and showing the effects of exposure to the chemicals. The trio tries to fight their way through, but Ezekiel again insists that they leave him behind the fend off the walkers while the other two escape. Suddenly, Shiva appears and attacks the walkers. She fights them off at first but they eventually overwhelm her, but her death allows Ezekiel and the others to escape.
The episode ends with Ezekiel, Carol, and Jerry entering the Kingdom. The loved ones of those that were killed want to know what happened, but all Ezekiel can do is walk away.