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* ItsAlwaysSpring: The series glosses seasons over. Even the south gets a freeze and snow now and then. Having winter happen would provide too much of a chance for the group to settle and regroup because the walkers get slowed down in snow, possibly freeze, slip on icy unsalted roads twisting and breaking many ankles, and at the very least leave a noticeable dragging trail wherever they go (the comic doesn't ignore winter, but almost totally skips over it, due to the walkers being frozen and not a threat). Even if they have been having unseasonably warm winters in the south for the series, the Northern part of North America should be pulling through okay. This is partially due to the schedule of the series production usually having the first half of a season be filmed in the early summer, while the latter half is filmed in the fall. This leads to the opening of Season 3 having the group come off of their first winter, only for the cast to be bundled up and cold in the season finale, which thanks to the series' compressed timeline is not nearly enough time for eight months to pass.

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The series glosses seasons over. Even the south gets a freeze and snow now and then. Having winter happen would provide too much of a chance for the group to settle and regroup because the walkers get slowed down in snow, possibly freeze, slip on icy unsalted roads twisting and breaking many ankles, and at the very least leave a noticeable dragging trail wherever they go (the comic doesn't ignore winter, but almost totally skips over it, due to the walkers being frozen and not a threat). Even if they have been having unseasonably warm winters in the south for the series, the Northern part of North America should be pulling through okay. This is partially due to the schedule of the series production usually having the first half of a season be filmed in the early summer, while the latter half is filmed in the fall. This leads to the opening of Season 3 having the group come off of their first winter, only for the cast to be bundled up and cold in the season finale, which thanks to the series' compressed timeline is not nearly enough time for eight months to pass.pass.
** The end of Season 9 actually depicts a vicious blizzard striking the communities, and while many walkers are indeed frozen, they are still very much a threat.


** In the Season 9 premiere, Daryl is smoking a cigarette outside the Sanctuary. When Carol joins him, he passes it to her, who instantly stubs it out, telling him that "those things will kill you". Carol made her feelings on smoking known back in Season 6's "JSS", berating Shelley for it with the exact same words.

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** In the Season 9 premiere, Daryl is smoking a cigarette outside the Sanctuary. When Carol joins him, he passes it to her, who and she instantly stubs it out, telling him that "those things will kill you". Carol made her feelings on smoking known back in Season 6's "JSS", berating Shelley for it with the exact same words.

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** In the Season 9 premiere, Daryl is smoking a cigarette outside the Sanctuary. When Carol joins him, he passes it to her, who instantly stubs it out, telling him that "those things will kill you". Carol made her feelings on smoking known back in Season 6's "JSS", berating Shelley for it with the exact same words.


** As of Season 8, the ''only'' characters who have survived since the first season are: [[spoiler:Rick, Daryl, Carol, and Morgan.]]

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** As of Season 8, 9, the ''only'' characters who have survived since the first season are: [[spoiler:Rick, Daryl, [[spoiler:Daryl and Carol, with Rick and Morgan.Morgan PutOnABus.]]



** [[DressingAsTheEnemy The Whisperers]] take this role in Season 9 and most likely Season 10.


** Rick's police hat. Glenn even jokes that Rick risked going back into Atlanta not to recover his lost guns but the hat instead. Later he gives it to Carl.

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** Rick's police hat. Glenn even jokes that Rick risked going back into Atlanta not to recover his lost guns but the hat instead. Later he gives it to Carl.Carl, who passes it on to Judith [[spoiler: just before he dies]].


** [[DressingAsTheEnemy The Whisperers]] take this role in Season 9 and most likely Season 10.



** Daryl is the poster boy for this show. He started off as an abrasive (but badass) recurring character, but was promoted to the main cast in the second season. He gets an episode totally devoted to showing how badass he was (and also had a very heartwarming scene with Carol showing his HiddenDepths), and by the third season he's become Rick's new right-hand man. By Season 4, he's billed only second to Andrew Lincoln and is the show's deuteragonist.

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** Daryl is the poster boy for this show. He started off as an abrasive (but badass) recurring character, but was promoted to the main cast in the second season. He gets an episode totally devoted to showing how badass he was (and also had a very heartwarming scene with Carol showing his HiddenDepths), and by the third season he's become Rick's new right-hand man. By Season 4, he's billed only second to Andrew Lincoln and is the show's deuteragonist. [[spoiler: After Rick's departure in Season 9, Daryl takes what basically amounts to the lead role in the show.]]


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** Another more extreme example in Season 9 comes with [[spoiler: the decapitated heads of several characters upon pikes. Siddiq was already broken due to having witnessed it, Yumiko and Michonne are both in absolute shock and both Carol and Daryl break instantly upon seeing Henry's head (Carol's adopted kid) among the line.]]


** Season 9: [[spoiler:Ken, Gregory, Justin, Arat, Regina, Jed, Jesus]].

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** Season 9: [[spoiler:Ken, Gregory, Justin, Arat, Regina, Jed, Jesus]].Jesus, Ozzy, Alek, D.J., Frankie, Tammy Rose Sutton, Rodney, Adeline, Enid, Tara, Henry]].


** Her father Hershel also won over a lot of fans thanks to being a BadassGrandpa, and was spared from death several times during the second and third seasons thanks to Wilson's performance also winning over the production crew. [[spoiler: When the time came for Hershel's demise in "Too Far Gone", Robert Kirkman profusely apologized, noting how hard it was to realize that Wilson wouldn't be on set anymore.]]

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** Her father Hershel also won over a lot of fans thanks to being a BadassGrandpa, badass, and was spared from death several times during the second and third seasons thanks to Wilson's performance also winning over the production crew. [[spoiler: When the time came for Hershel's demise in "Too Far Gone", Robert Kirkman profusely apologized, noting how hard it was to realize that Wilson wouldn't be on set anymore.]]

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** Alpha, the leader of the Whisperers, starting with the second half of Season 9.


** Creator/ScottWilson (Hershel) during his tenure in the "Also Starring" lineup. Strangely when he's [[PromotionToOpeningTitles promoted]], he is still billed last but without the "And" treatment, presumably so David Morrissey could reclaim his spot.
** Creator/JeffreyDeanMorgan (Negan) after his PromotionToOpeningTitles in Season 7.

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** Creator/ScottWilson (Hershel) during his tenure in the "Also Starring" lineup. Strangely when he's [[PromotionToOpeningTitles promoted]], {{promot|ionToOpeningTitles}}ed, he is still billed last but without the "And" treatment, presumably so David Morrissey could reclaim his spot.
** Creator/JeffreyDeanMorgan (Negan) after his PromotionToOpeningTitles in Season 7. Come Season 9, he shares this with Creator/SamanthaMorton (Alpha).



BigDamnReunion: The end of 7x08. Further fueled by the fact that everyone is finally ready to step up and fight.

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* BigDamnReunion: The end of 7x08. Further fueled by the fact that everyone is finally ready to step up and fight.


** Carl is slowly reaching this status. He was accidentally shot in the chest at the start of Season 2. Four seasons later, he is hit straight in the eye by a stray bullet thanks to Ron Anderson. In Season 7, he comes extremely close to having his left arm chopped off. This is ultimately taken to its shocking conclusion in Season 8, when Carl [[spoiler: is bitten by a walker whilst trying to save a stranger. He does get a final CrowningMomentOfAwesome by helping to evacuate and save the Alexandrians from Negan's forces, then kills himself before he turns.]]

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** Carl is slowly reaching this status. He was accidentally shot in the chest at the start of Season 2. Four seasons later, he is hit straight in the eye by a stray bullet thanks to Ron Anderson. In Season 7, he comes extremely close to having his left arm chopped off. This is ultimately taken to its shocking conclusion in Season 8, when Carl [[spoiler: is bitten by a walker whilst trying to save a stranger. He does get a final CrowningMomentOfAwesome by helping helps to evacuate and save the Alexandrians from Negan's forces, then kills himself before he turns.]]

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BigDamnReunion: The end of 7x08. Further fueled by the fact that everyone is finally ready to step up and fight.


* BreakTheCutie: A frequent point with Carl, who is 12 but living in the apocalypse; in Season 2, Rick even bluntly tells him there's no more time for kid stuff, and that his parents ''will inevitably die''. Season 3 keeps the hits coming. [[spoiler: Not only does his mother die in front of him, but he has to put a bullet in her corpse and then watches his father collapse in distress.]] In Season 4, he [[spoiler: thinks his baby sister is dead, almost has to shoot his father when he thinks he has turned, and is almost raped by a member of Joe's group.]] And by Season 6, [[spoiler: he's lost his right eye.]]

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* BreakTheCutie: A frequent point with Carl, who is 12 but living in the apocalypse; in Season 2, Rick even bluntly tells him there's no more time for kid stuff, and that his parents ''will inevitably die''. Season 3 keeps the hits coming. [[spoiler: Not only does his mother die in front of him, but he has to put a bullet in her corpse and then watches his father collapse in distress.]] In Season 4, he [[spoiler: thinks his baby sister is dead, almost has to shoot his father when he thinks he has turned, and is almost raped by a member of Joe's group.]] And by Season 6, [[spoiler: he's lost his right eye.]]]] Negan also uses this verbally, first calling him adorable, then later in the same episode telling him "it would be more productive to break you".


** [[spoiler:Glenn]]'s introduction and final appearance both involve a resolution to a major {{Cliffhanger}} episode and Rick being surrounded by a large horde while on a vehicle (first tank, then RV).

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** [[spoiler:Glenn]]'s introduction and final appearance both involve a resolution to a major {{Cliffhanger}} episode and [[spoiler:and Rick being surrounded by a large horde while on a vehicle (first tank, then RV).]]


** Again in "No Way Out," Rick uses an axe to unleash his fury on a herd of walkers after [[spoiler: Jessie and her family are devoured by walkers and Carl's eye is shot out by Ron.]]

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** Again in "No Way Out," Rick uses an axe to unleash his fury on a herd of walkers after [[spoiler: Jessie and her family are devoured by walkers and Carl's eye is shot out by Ron. He also uses it to remove Jessie's arm to save Carl.]]

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