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Benjamin is a friendly, inquisitive, and eager young man. He dutifully serves his King and wishes to improve himself. Benjamin has supposedly read all of the books in the Kingdom's library and learned a great deal of practical knowledge from them. Although he initially lacks the ability to kill a walker in close combat, his skills improve under the tutelage of Morgan.
Nothing is known about Benjamin's life prior to or as the outbreak began, except that he lived with his father and younger brother, Henry.
Benjamin and Henry lost their mother at the outset of the apocalypse, but their father survived. The three were eventually found by Ezekiel and taken to the Kingdom where they settled. However, Henry and Benjamin eventually lost their father too.
As Morgan shows Carol around the Kingdom, Benjamin gives Morgan a friendly wave as he leads his brother around on a horse in an enclosure. Later, Benjamin is present for the feral pig hunt in the city outskirts with Morgan, Ezekiel, Dianne, Richard, Alvaro and Jerry. After the pigs are herded, several zombies approach the area. Benjamin is prompted by Ezekiel to take out one of the zombies as he was trained to, but is unsuccessful. With the zombie threat neutralized, the group heads back to the Kingdom.
As per Ezekiel's request, Morgan begins to train Benjamin in aikido and takes him under his wing, to help train him to be a better fighter and survivor, especially as Ezekiel wants Benjamin in his court of advisers. After the training session in the gazebo, Benjamin notices a book in Morgan's bag and asks to read it, since he had read all of the available books in the Kingdom, including a manual to repair HVAC units. At dinner, Benjamin allows Henry to leave early for the movies but he stays behind with Morgan to chat, where he explains about his father and how he died when clearing a building of zombies with other members of the Kingdom. Benjamin is also present at the Savior food drop off, where his reaction to the Saviors and overall training are tested by Ezekiel. After the exchange, he heads home to the Kingdom with his fellow soldiers.
Benjamin attends to King Ezekiel when he grants Rick Grimes and Paul Rovia an audience. He later runs into Carol in the woods while practicing his walker-fighting skills. She tells him it's going to be dark soon and he should go. Benjamin tells her Ezekiel is going to continue checking on her despite not wanting to bug her and he cares about her. She gives him advice on staying quiet and tells him to go home.
At the Kingdom, Ezekiel puts Henry, Benjamin's younger brother, down to bed. Benjamin looks on from the doorway. Ezekiel asks why he missed supper and is proud of him for going out alone. He says he saw Carol and Ezekiel asks about her. Benjamin urges Ezekiel to help Rick's group fight against the Saviors. Ezekiel thanks him for his counsel.
Benjamin is at the Saviors exchange with Ezekiel and the rest of his court, waiting for Gavin and his band of men to arrive. When Jared lunges at Richard, Morgan strikes him with his staff. Jared seizes the staff and hits Morgan with it, so Benjamin strikes Jared and sends him to the floor, before resisting. The Saviors finally leave. Afterwards, he returns to the Kingdom with the others. Ezekiel warns Benjamin against being too eager to fight.
Benjamin is first seen quietly watching Henry practice aikido with Morgan. He is later shown with a group of Kingdommers as they ready themselves to clear out a small group of walkers at the community gates, right as Carol has beaten them to the task.
After Carol had spoken with Morgan about the reason behind Alexandria's visit to The Kingdom, Benjamin approaches her, wanting to know more about how she is able to handle herself. She brushes him off.
Benjamin then joins Ezekiel and his men on their routine supply drop. En-route to the drop-off location, they discover the road blockaded by a line of shopping carts and are all led to a dug-out grave. As Ezekiel laments on the nature of the current world and how lucky they are that they have not been driven mad by it, Benjamin asserts that it isn't luck, but rather it's because Ezekiel had managed to help them find peace in an apocalyptic outcome.
The Kingdommers arrive late for the supply drop. After Jerry tells Gavin off for interrupting Ezekiel, he is struck by Jared, to whom Benjamin shows his extreme displeasure towards, Jared shoots him a nasty glare. As Gavin inspects the Kingdom's share of cantaloupes, he discovers that they are short of one. Their guns are seized and Gavin gives the order to shoot one of the Kingdommers as retribution for not keeping to their deal.
Jared aims point-blank at Richard, who insists he go forward with the order. Jared acknowledges this, but then suddenly shifts his aim and fires, hitting Benjamin in the thigh and severing his femoral artery. Upon seeing who was shot, Gavin angrily reprimands Jared and orders Morgan's stick returned. As Benjamin begins bleeding rapidly, the Saviors offer one more chance, allowing The Kingdom another day to supply drop in the final melon. They leave the Kingdommers to tend to Benjamin.
As per Morgan's insistence, they drive Benjamin to Carol's house, figuring that he doesn't have long before he bleeds out. Despite the efforts of everyone present, Benjamin does not survive the injury, and dies on the table. He is stabbed in the head by Morgan to prevent reanimation.
Later, it is revealed that Richard had set up the scenario, having hidden the cantaloupe in the hopes of being the one to get killed during the drop to spark a conflict between the two groups, but accidentally causing Benjamin's death. As a result of this revelation, Morgan strangles Richard to death during the next drop-off.
After encountering Morgan at the roadblock Richard had set up, Ezekiel notes that Morgan now wears Benjamin's armor in his honor.
- Richard (Indirectly Caused)
During a supply drop between the Kingdom and the Saviors, the Kingdommers come out short one cantaloupe, which in reality has been hidden by Richard.
Gavin gives the order to punish the Kingdommers by killing one of their group. Initially considering Richard, Jared then shifts his aim towards Benjamin and shoots him on the leg, rupturing his femoral artery and causing him to start bleeding at an alarming rate.
- Morgan Jones (Before Reanimation)
Benjamin is hastily taken to Carol's house for treatment, as there is little time to reach the Kingdom. Despite the efforts of Carol, Morgan, Ezekiel and the other Kingdommers to save Benjamin, he eventually dies of severe blood loss. Morgan then stabs him in the head to prevent reanimation.
This list shows the victims Benjamin has killed:
- Numerous counts of zombies
- The casting call for this character used the name Blake.
- Benjamin was described as "Early 20s. A scruffy, boyish, generally warm-hearted teenager who can be a bit of a wise-ass, but never a bully. He's caring and protective of others but isn't afraid to crack a joke if the situation calls for it. He's overcome loss, eager to take on more responsibility, and knows who he wants to be."
- Benjamin read every book in the Kingdom twice.
- Benjamin lived in the Kingdom for more than a year.
- Benjamin is the first resident of the Kingdom to be killed on-screen.
- Considering "Bury Me Here" was originally scripted to be the fourteenth episode of Season 7, then this would've continued the "trend" of a supporting character being introduced early in a season, only to be killed in the fourteenth episode of the same season.
- Benjamin is mentioned by Ezekiel to Michonne in "Silence the Whisperers" when referring to everything he's lost.