The Waking Dead - S07E02
Carol and Morgan arrive at The Kingdom and meet its leader Ezekiel. AMC/The Walking Dead/

Carol (Melissa McBride) and Morgan (Lennie James) take sanctuary at The Kingdom where the leader, Ezekiel (Khary Payton), keeps a secret from the community on “The Walking Dead” season 7, episode 2 (Walking Dead 7x02).

Spoiler alert: This recap contains plot details about season 7 of “The Walking Dead.” The seventh season premiered Oct. 20. The series is available for Australian viewers to watch on Foxtel every Monday, 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Carol wakes up in a wagon after being shot just a few hours earlier but then shortly falls asleep. When she awakens again, she is confused and bewildered, seeing her companions fighting walkers.

Later, Morgan tells Carol that she had been asleep for a couple of days. She explores her new surroundings and sees children playing around. Morgan tells her that they’re at a place called The Kingdom. They both go and meet with The Kingdom’s leader, Ezekiel, and his pet tiger Shiva. Carol tells Ezekiel that she likes the places but later tells Morgan that the whole community is a sham.

Morgan joins Ezekiel and his men to hunt for pigs that ravage on walkers. Richard (Karl Makinen), one of Ezekiel’s men, says this is done to fill the pigs’ bellies with rot. When they get back at The Kingdom, Ezekiel requests Morgan to train a member of his group named Benjamin (Logan Miller), who earlier struggled fighting against a walker.

After the training session, Morgan joins Ezekiel and his men as they ship the slaughtered pigs to Gavin (Jayson Warner Smith) and his group of Saviors. Ezekiel secretly keeps the deal with the Saviors from the people of The Kingdom, worrying that his people would be brave enough to fight them even though they don’t stand a chance. Gavin is satisfied with the pigs’ sizes. Shortly after, Richard and a Savior start quarrelling. Both group leaders stop the altercation, with Gavin warning Ezekiel that Richard will die the following week if the Saviors’ demands are not met.

Carol, meanwhile, roams around The Kingdom and discreetly takes a knife from a table. When Morgan checks her room, she is not there. Later, she is caught by Ezekiel at the garden trying to escape. She tries to play pretend but Ezekiel sees through her. He tells her that he himself puts on a persona and that the people of The Kingdom need a leader they can look up to in order to feel secured. Ezekiel eventually convinces her to “go and not go” by leaving The Kingdom and taking a shelter just outside their walls.