The Walking Dead’s Khary Payton on those King Ezekiel and Carol romance rumours
The Walking Dead‘s Khary Payton has spoken out about a possible romance between King Ezekiel and Carol Peletier on the show.
In recent weeks, the show has made clear that King Ezekiel cares deeply for Carol in his frequent checking on her and bringing her food. Richard even wanted to trick Ezekiel into entering the war against Negan by framing Carol for the murder of some Saviours.
Asked about a future romance on the show at London’s Walker Stalker Convention, Payton joked: “The answer is I can’t tell you and how dare you ask.”
He continued to joke around when asked what Ezekiel liked about Carol, adding: “Man, she’s just got that thing about her. She walks into a room, she walks into the Kingdom, ‘Dreamweaver’ starts playing, she’s just got that way. [Sings] She’s got a way about her. That’s what it is, you know? Everybody loves Carol. Who doesn’t love Carol?”
When pressed further about whether King Ezekiel might get lonely, since he puts up a front, Payton said: “He’s got a small inner circle, you know. I think one of the reasons why he’s so reluctant to start another fight with anyone is that he’s lost people close to him, and I think that Carol maybe reminds him – and maybe even Morgan – reminds him of people that he was close to.
“He’s looking for building that close inner circle. He has Richard, but Richard he doesn’t see eye-to-eye with all the time. He’s an important opinion to have and Richard’s a strong human being so he keeps him close but he’s not necessarily in the inner circle. I think he wants to build that with Morgan, build that with Carol, and he’s hoping that they will be that kind of person for him. And time will tell.”
Payton also discussed his thoughts on what King Ezekiel liked about Carol when they were first introduced in part 7A.
He said: “I think not just that she saw through so quickly but that she called him on it so quickly, you know? I think most people see his tiger and think, ‘wait, maybe I’ll just give this a bit of time to see what’s going on’. But I think that also her survival instinct is different from most people’s. Just the front she puts up, he was like ‘OK, this is different from what I’m used to seeing’.