I think Rick has gone out of his way to establish Marion as “Not King” from almost every aspect from his home, age, family, and manner of transformation Even his gender Because he knows how people would react to Marion. But like King people are instantly drawn to him and that causes a lot of friction. I cannot tell you how many knock out fights I’ve gotten into during the last year over King. You have a sympathetic character who is “normal” in an extreme circumstance and that draws people.dr_eirik wrote:
As to Ricks tweet, I hadn't caught the date but I don't see this as a retread of Joel/Kings experience save for very broad points. King was actively being broken down by Pete. He had his humanity stripped away and, little by little, had his dignity as well. Pete did what he could to essentially torture him.
Without knowing exactly why he was transformed in the first place, Marions experience isn't the same. What's happened has been generally predictable events given his circumstances. No one forced him to pull his backpack onto himself, or climb to a high shelf to get granola. Or to drink an energy drink with 10X the lethal dose of caffeine for his body.
But more than that, I believe people see Marion as another exciting arc since King’s story has ended and he has sunk into this routine story and life where he doesn’t go out or do much anymore. He’s been sharing the stage with other characters whether it be the fair with Tiger and Marvin or Peanut and Grape babysitting or the brief moments they were camping. They were there and for the first two examples rotated on center stage but that was it. His role was limited to comic relief with the wolves. Even his “job” hasn't bore fruit yet even though that would be his chance to reestablish himself as the third main character. Now the best we can hope for is that He magically comes to Marion’s aid but he’s not even needed. What is he even going to do other then give Marion directions to Tarot and return to his mundane life?