This week's episode, "The Well," provided an unexpected answer -- in the form of a new location, a new group, and at least one major new character. The setting is a bucolic agrarian community many miles from the Alexandria Safe Zone called The Kingdom, well fortified from walkers and amply provided for by a community garden. (The pomegranate supply is off the charts.) The Kingdom’s residents seem -- refreshingly! -- peaceful but well armed and well trained; they travel mainly by horseback, in uniform and a kind of walker-bite-preventing body armor, and have a robust system down for hunting and gathering beyond the community’s walls.
The major new character is the most "comic book" character in this comic adaptation's history. Ezekiel, or, as he calls himself, "The King," talks like he’s a fixture at a Renaissance fair. His Lordship rules the Kingdom with imperious flair. He’s regal. He’s outrageous. He has a pet tiger.