On The Walking Dead tonight, there was a particularly sad scene involving Benjamin and Morgan. Read on to find out what Benjamin said to Morgan in a scene that was particularly difficult to understand. This post will have spoilers through Season 7 Episode 13.
Here’s what you need to know.
Just before Benjamin died, he said something to Morgan that was really hard to understand. He said:
It’s OK. It’s OK. To injure your opponent is to injure yourself.”
The words are part of an Aikido cree that Benjamin shared with Morgan when he delivered a painting to Morgan earlier in the episode. The quote is from Morihei Ueshiba. The rest of the quote says:
To control aggression without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace.”
Ueshiba was a philosopher, martial artist, and author. He created Aikido and wrote a book called “The Art of Peace,” which was Morgan’s favorite book that taught him to give up his anger. Benjamin borrowed the book from him. You can read more about the book here and when it was first mentioned on The Walking Dead.
When Benjamin gave the painting to Morgan, fans thought that he might die since he was getting a lot of character development. In The Walking Dead universe, that often means that a character’s days are numbered.
In a way, Benjamin was telling Morgan that when the Saviors injured him (their opponent), they also injured themselves. The Kingdom is going to be upset about this and might fight back. In fact, you could see this in the leader’s face during the second drop. When he found out that Benjamin had died, he was very angry about it. He knew that couldn’t possibly end well for them.
Morgan’s philosophy of not killing others came from Eastman when he was trying to help Morgan recover from the pain and insanity he had fallen into. You can see a good explanation of that philosophy in the video below. In protecting others, in valuing all life as sacred, you protect yourself and value yourself:
Now Morgan’s creating a spear again, like he used to have (and you can see in the video above.) Morgan appears to be leaving at least some of the changes he made with Eastman behind.