“The Walking Dead” Season 7 premiere will finally reveal who Negan killed, but it will also offer fans their first look at The Kingdom.
The Kingdom is a community of survivors that has built up around a high school and is ruled over by a man calling himself King Ezekiel (played by Khary Payton). Lennie James, who plays Morgan on the hit AMC series, says that life at The Kingdom will take some getting used to for his character.
“I think The Kingdom, although it’s very different to Alexandria — very, very different to Alexandria, a lot bigger than Alexandria, it’s possibly the biggest world we will have come across so far — is equally as alien to Morgan as Alexandria was,” James told Entertainment Weekly.
“One of the important things about Ezekiel is the reason why he is what he is,” he told the magazine. “And the reason why he is what he is, is because it’s worked and it’s keeping a large group of people alive and everybody has their rules. And one of the things of ‘The Walking Dead’ is that the leaders of all the different kinds of worlds that we’ve come across are in some way kind of iconic.”
“He is running a kingdom, and as a kingdom, he is trying as best as he can to personify the image of a king, albeit a king who has a pet tiger,” James said.
“The Walking Dead” Season 7 premiere on Oct. 23 at 9 p.m./8c on AMC.