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* PostWakeUpRealization: Rick goes into a coma after being shot and only wakes up after the zombies have taken over.


** The posthumous members of Abraham's group were given the names Warren, Rex, Josaiah, Dirk, Stephanie, Josephine, Roger, and Pam.

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** The posthumous members of Abraham's group were given the names Warren, Rex, Josaiah, Josiah, Dirk, Stephanie, Josephine, Roger, and Pam.


** Alana Masterson (Tara), Christian Serratos (Rosita), Josh [=McDermitt=] (Eugene), and Creator/JeffreyDeanMorgan (Negan) in Season 7.

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** Alana Alanna Masterson (Tara), Christian Serratos (Rosita), Josh [=McDermitt=] (Eugene), and Creator/JeffreyDeanMorgan (Negan) in Season 7.



** Katelyn Nacon (Enid), Tom Payne (Jesus), Creator/KharyPayton (Ezekiel), and Samantha Morton (Alpha) in Season 9.
** Ryan Hurst (Beta) in Season 10.

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** Katelyn Nacon (Enid), Tom Payne (Jesus), Creator/KharyPayton (Ezekiel), and Samantha Morton Creator/SamanthaMorton (Alpha) in Season 9.
** Ryan Hurst Creator/RyanHurst (Beta) in Season 10.

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** Ryan Hurst (Beta) in Season 10.

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** One of the Prison children is named Molly. One of the Saviors in Paula's group was also named Molly.


** [[spoiler: Daryl saves two survivors in "Always Accountable," but they end up stealing his crossbow and his bike. It gets worse when Dwight joins the Saviors, and ends up killing Denise and taking Eugene hostage. Daryl states outright that he should have killed Dwight.]]

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** [[spoiler: Daryl saves two survivors Dwight and Sherry in "Always Accountable," but they end up stealing his crossbow and his bike. It gets worse when Dwight joins the Saviors, and ends up killing Denise and taking Eugene hostage. Daryl states outright that he should have killed Dwight.]]]]
** [[spoiler: Earlier in the same episode, Tina tries to pay respect to two of her fallen friends...only to get attacked and killed by their reanimated corpses shortly after approaching them. [[ShootTheShaggyDog And this was shortly after Daryl decided to return the group's insulin to them, rendering the whole return completely pointless.]]]]

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* PostApocalypticTrafficJam: In the pilot, as Rick heads into Atlanta to search for more survivors of the zombie apocalypse, the lanes of the highway heading in are empty except for him and his horse, but the lanes heading out are completely packed with abandoned cars all the way back into the city. As this foreshadows, things in Atlanta are little different from in the suburbs.


* OneLastSmoke : Played with, in the season 5 finale. When Aaron and Darryl are trapped in a car and surrounded by dozens of walkers, Darryl wants to sacrifice himself drawing them away. He only asks to finish his cigarette first. (Aaron talks him out of it)
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* OneLastSmoke : Played with, in the season 5 finale. When Aaron and Darryl are trapped in a car and surrounded by dozens of walkers, Darryl Daryl wants to sacrifice himself drawing them away. He only asks to finish his cigarette first. (Aaron talks him out of it)
* OneSteveLimit : This tends to be averted on alot of ocasions due to the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters.


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** Theere was Dave's scouting partner Tony from Season 2 and a member of The Claimers named Tony from Season 3.
** Tara Chambler's father from Season 4 was named David. Two seasons earlier one of the DisasterScavengers that Rick encountered at the abandonned bar was named Dave. There was also a prison newcomer named David who was burned to death. In Season 6, one of the Alexandria survivors from the quarry arc is named David. Then finally, there's a Savior named David.
** The leader of the Claimers is named Joe and there's a Savior nicknamed "Fat Joey."
** During Season 3, when the group arrives at the prison and are still seperated from Andrea. One of the prisoners they encounter is named is Andrew, which is the masculine form of the name Andrea.
** There was Atlanta Camp survivor Jim, who was left by the others after he was bitten and Beth's farmhand boyfriend from Season 2 was named Jimmy.
** The second-in-command of Martinez's camp was named Pete Dolgen. Alexandria survivor Jessie Anderson's husband was also named Pete.

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** In Season 9, after Lydia is returned to the Whisperers, [[spoiler: Henry decides to take it upon himself to rescue her. This forces Daryl and Connie to venture into the Whisperer camp in order to save them both, and whilst they are successful, Henry's actions, despite his best intentions in saving Lydia from her mother, ultimately lead to the deaths of many characters, including Enid, Tara, Tammy, and even Henry himself. Beta even outright states that if they had simply returned Lydia to her people, none of the deaths would have occurred.]]


** In Season 9, after Lydia is returned to the Whisperers, [[spoiler: a smitten Henry decides to take it upon himself to rescue her. This forces Daryl and Connie to venture into the Whisperer camp in order to save them both, and whilst they are successful, Henry's actions ultimately lead to the deaths of many characters, including Enid, Tara, Tammy, and even Henry himself. Beta even outright states that if they had simply returned Lydia to her people, none of the deaths would have occurred.]]


** Jesus briefly becomes Maggie's Lancer in Season 8, after she assumes leadership of Hilltop.

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** Jesus briefly becomes Maggie's Lancer in at the end of Season 8, 7, after she assumes leadership of Hilltop.


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** The trailers of midlate Season 9 up to the mid season finale hinted that the walkers were somehow evolving into more intelligent, deadly threats with a mind of their own. [[spoiler:Comic fans knew what was coming, but those who hadn’t read the comics were in for a shock when the Whisperers, antagonists who disguise themselves as walkers, were revealed.]]


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** Daryl and Maggie tamper with the communities’ radio relays they use to keep in touch with each other and to monitor the movements of herds so they can sneak Maggie into Alexandria to kill Negan behind Rick’s back. While Maggie does reach her destination, the communities are left in disarray by the tampering and are unable to catch up to Rick to save him from the two herds that pursue him.


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* OnceASeason: Starting with Season 2, every season, two major characters will die in the same scene (or at least the same arc).
** Season 2: [[spoiler:Dale and Shane]] die in the last few episodes of the season.
** Season 3: [[spoiler: Lori and T-Dog]] both die in “Killer Within”.
** Season 4: [[spoiler:Hershel and The Governor]] are both killed in the prison war.
** Season 5: [[spoiler:Beth and Tyreese]] die in the span of two episodes, the mid season premiere and finale, respectively.
** Season 6: [[spoiler:Deanna and Jessie]] are the major casualties of the “No Way Out” arc.
** Season 7: [[spoiler:Abraham and Glenn]] are killed by Negan in the season premiere.
** Season 8: [[spoiler:Carl and major recurring Savior villain Gavin]] die in the same episode, “Honor”.
** Season 9: The ante is upped to three when [[spoiler:Henry, Tara, and Enid are all killed by Alpha in “The Calm Before”]]. It also is subverted in “What Comes After”, which features [[spoiler:the disappearance of Rick and the last appearance of Maggie before she’s PutOnABus.]]


** Season 9's premise revolves around Rick's victorious outcome at the end of the war with the Saviors.

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** Season 9's premise revolves around Rick's victorious outcome at the end of the war with the Saviors. You also can’t start watching Season 10 without learning that [[spoiler:Rick is MIA and presumed dead.]]



** Rosita/Abraham/Sasha have a type 5. Rosita loves Abraham, but he's sick of her and wants to be with Sasha, who isn't very interested.

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** Rosita/Abraham/Sasha have a type 5. Rosita loves Abraham, but he's sick of her and wants to be with Sasha, who initially isn't very interested.interested (partially because he’s hitting on her while still being with another woman).
** Subverted in Season 9. Rosita is pregnant with Siddiq’s baby despite being in a relationship with Gabriel, but the baby was conceived in a fling before she got with Gabriel. The trio is able to talk it out like adults, and Rosita and Gabriel agree to raise the child together when it’s born. The trio is also aided by Eugene, who has unrequited feelings for Rosita and has accepted it. Lampshaded in the Season 9 finale when [[spoiler:Negan tries to heckle them about the situation, but the others are only slightly amused since they aren't having a soap opera like Negan had hoped.]]



** Negan develops a soft spot for Carl, and is willing to let him off easy if he crosses him. [[spoiler: When Carl dies, Negan genuinely grieves and begins giving Rick offers of peace (under his continued subjugation, of course) to honor Carl.]]

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** Negan develops a soft spot for Carl, and is willing to let him off easy if he crosses him. [[spoiler: When Carl dies, Negan genuinely grieves and begins giving Rick offers of peace (under his continued subjugation, of course) to honor Carl. He later forms a genuine attachment to Judith and begins making strides to a HeelFaceTurn for her sake.]]



** In a twisted way, the walkers become this starting in the second half of Season 9. The survivors had grown so competent at dealing with them, up to and including large herds, that everyone was kind of used to them. Then the Whisperers arrived, and began hiding themselves in hordes of walkers, meaning that now any group of walkers may well be hiding a murderous gang of psychopaths with knives.



** Plenty of moments or scripts are lifted almost directly from the comics. For a few recent examples, there's Aaron's introduction and Gareth's speech to Bob [[spoiler: as he eats his leg in front of him.]]

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** Plenty of moments or scripts are lifted almost directly from the comics. For a few recent Season 5 examples, there's Aaron's introduction and Gareth's speech to Bob [[spoiler: as he eats his leg in front of him.]]



** In “Some Guy”, Gunther threatens to decapitate Ezekiel and present his head to Negan on a pike. This was the fate of Comic! Ezekiel, who was killed by Alpha this way, [[spoiler:but his TV counterpart is fortunate enough to survive this fate.]]
** In “The Storm”, Carol stops [[spoiler:Lydia]] from committing suicide by feeding herself to a walker. This was how Carol’s comic counterpart died.



** The communities becoming estranged from each other after Michonne’s traumatic experience with Jocelyn during the second TimeSkip means that at the fair, plenty of people don’t recognize each other. [[spoiler:Alpha uses this to infiltrate the fair as “Deborah from Alexandria” and is able to walk amongst her enemies and pick her victims for the pikes.]]



** The survivors pretty fairly assume that [[spoiler:Rick didn’t survive being at the brunt of an explosion on the bridge, and aren’t surprised when Daryl is unable to find a body. Turns out, he survived, and was rescued by Anne.]]



* NotHisSled: Season 5 opens with Glenn, Rick, Daryl, and Bob tied up and about to be killed with a baseball bat -- clearly meant to evoke [[spoiler:Glen's death-by-baseball-bat in the comic book, as Glen is the first of the four in line about to be killed]]. But though the executioner winds up no less than three times, he's repeatedly interrupted and [[StuffBlowingUp and is then distracted]].
* NotUsingTheZWord: The characters live in a world in which the ZombieApocalypse as a fictional trope does not exist. Consequently, various groups make up their own names for the undead.

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* NotHisSled: NotHisSled:
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Season 5 opens with Glenn, Rick, Daryl, and Bob tied up and about to be killed with a baseball bat -- clearly meant to evoke [[spoiler:Glen's death-by-baseball-bat in the comic book, as Glen is the first of the four in line about to be killed]]. But though the executioner winds up no less than three times, he's repeatedly interrupted and [[StuffBlowingUp and is then distracted]].
** In the penultimate episode of Season 9, [[spoiler:the disguised Alpha]] asks Ezekiel to go somewhere with her, and later Gabriel is looking for someone female, presumably his girlfriend Rosita. Ezekiel and Rosita were the most prominent [[spoiler:victims of the pike massacre in the comics, a fate that their TV counterparts escape, but at the cost of Henry and Tara’s lives.]]
* NotUsingTheZWord: The characters live in a world in which the ZombieApocalypse as a fictional trope does not exist. Consequently, various groups make up their own names for the undead. Many different groups have been known to simply call them “the dead”, but for specific examples:



** The Whisperers, twisted psychos that they are, call them “Guardians” since they rely on them for safety.



* OffTheWagon: Hershel in "Nebraska", after [[spoiler:Shane lets the walkers out of the Greene farm and the group kills them.]]

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* OffTheWagon: OffTheWagon:
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Hershel in "Nebraska", after [[spoiler:Shane lets the walkers out of the Greene farm and the group kills them.]]
** Earl Sutton eventually takes to drinking after losing his son... and after being egged on by Gregory, [[spoiler:who manipulated him into getting drunk and angry enough to try to kill Maggie so he can retake Hilltop.
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** When the group is captured by the Saviors in "Last Day on Earth", the villains rush Maggie's stretcher to force her down. Abraham stops them and asks for permission for the group to get Maggie down themselves, and Simon allows it.

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** When the group is captured by the Saviors in "Last Day on Earth", the villains rush Maggie's stretcher to force her down. Abraham stops them and asks for permission for the group to get the very ill Maggie down themselves, and Simon allows it.



** The Savior Laura is nothing but patient, understanding, and kind to [[spoiler: Eugene]] when he's being conscripted to the Saviors and helps him adjust to his new home, after having previously been a dick to him. Her old attitude resurfaces briefly, however, when he tries to look away from Negan’s gruesome punishment of someone else, and she smugly forces him to watch.

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** The Savior Laura is nothing but patient, understanding, and kind to [[spoiler: Eugene]] when he's being conscripted to the Saviors and helps him adjust to his new home, after having previously been a dick to him. Her old attitude resurfaces briefly, resurfaces, however, when he tries to look away from Negan’s gruesome punishment of someone else, and she smugly forces him to watch.watch.
** The Whisperers see dying by walker bite as an honorable death. Therefore, Beta comforts a dying, bitten Whisperer in “Chokepoint”, summons his wife to be with him, and says he will always be one of them. Of course, this becomes more macabre since Beta is literally saying that the Whisperer will always be with them... as a walker and a member of their “Guardians”.



** Some of the injuries were either removed or lessened in severity, due to budget and production constraints. For example, several characters either keep their limbs they lost in the comics, such as Rick; in Hershel’s case, since he lost a leg in Dale’s stead, he got a replacement leg much quicker. This way, budget doesn’t have to go towards digitally removing Andrew Lincoln and Scott Wilson’s limbs (and so Wilson doesn’t have to stay on crutches all the time).

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** Some of the injuries were either removed or lessened in severity, due to budget and production constraints. For example, several characters either keep their limbs they lost in the comics, such as Rick; in Hershel’s case, since he lost a leg in Dale’s stead, he got a replacement leg much quicker. This way, budget doesn’t have to go towards digitally removing Andrew Lincoln and Scott Wilson’s limbs (and so the elderly Wilson doesn’t have to stay on crutches all the time).



** In “The Obliged”, Daryl drops the show’s first bleeped out F-bomb.
-->'''Daryl''': Man, your ass wouldn't even be alive if it wasn't for Glenn. You wouldn't have found Lori, you wouldn't have found Carl. And you sure as '''fuck''' wouldn't have found any of us!



** Katelyn Nacon (Enid), Tom Payne (Jesus), and Creator/KharyPayton (Ezekiel) in Season 9.

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** Katelyn Nacon (Enid), Tom Payne (Jesus), and Creator/KharyPayton (Ezekiel) (Ezekiel), and Samantha Morton (Alpha) in Season 9.



** The most highly-publicized example is the departure of [[spoiler: Rick Grimes in Season 9, who, after being injured taking out a herd of walkers, is rescued by Anne and taken away in a helicopter. Andrew Lincoln revealed that his exit was due to a desire to be closer to his family, although fan theories abound that he was unhappy with the series and its direction. It was revealed the day after his final episode aired that AMC is actually developing a trilogy of films focused on Rick, but it's not yet known if he will return to the show proper in the future.]]
** The time skip in Season 9 reveals that [[spoiler: Maggie left Hilltop to help Georgie establish a new community elsewhere. This was due to Lauren Cohan landing a role in the series ''Whiskey Cavalier'', and being unavailable to film the whole season. It's yet to be confirmed if/when she might return.]]

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** The most highly-publicized example is the departure of [[spoiler: Rick Grimes in Season 9, who, after being injured taking out a herd of walkers, is rescued by Anne and taken away in a helicopter. Andrew Lincoln revealed that his exit was due to a desire to be closer to his family, although fan theories abound that he was unhappy with the series and its direction. direction, particularly after the death of Carl. It was revealed the day after his final episode aired that AMC is actually developing a trilogy of films focused on Rick, but it's not yet known if he will return to the show proper in the future.]]
** The time skip in Season 9 reveals that [[spoiler: Maggie left Hilltop to help Georgie establish a new community elsewhere. This was due to Lauren Cohan landing a role in the series ''Whiskey Cavalier'', Cavalier'' after AMC refused to up her pay, and thus her being unavailable to film the whole season. It's yet to be confirmed if/when she might return.]]



** In addition, automobiles are no longer used as of Season 9. After years of an apocalypse, what fuel is left has evaporated or gone bad and cars are no longer functional (doubly so after the time skip, which places the show 10 years into the apocalypse). Horses and carts are the main means of transport, as they don't require expensive and degradable fuels and for the most part, are very quiet.
** In Season 9, the only motorized vehicles remaining are those that can run on ethanol, such as motorbikes. Ethanol can be made from corn, which isn't difficult to grow.

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** In addition, automobiles are no longer used as of Season 9. After years of an apocalypse, what fuel is left has evaporated or gone bad and cars are no longer functional (doubly so after the time skip, which places the show 10 years into the apocalypse). Horses and carts are the main means of transport, as they don't require expensive and degradable fuels and for the most part, are very quiet.
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quiet. “Scars” amusingly shows a horse-drawn cart made out of the shell of a car. The only motorized vehicles remaining are those that can run on ethanol, such as motorbikes. Ethanol can be made from corn, which isn't difficult to grow.

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* RedemptionDemotion: Happens with [[spoiler: Negan in Season 9, after the destruction of the Saviors and his subsequent imprisonment in Alexandria.]]

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** Daryl says this verbatim when explaining to Carol why he's spent so long on his own looking for [[spoiler: Rick after the latter's presumed death.]]

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** In the comics, it's revealed that Lydia, and presumably, other female Whisperers, are frequently raped by the men in the group, which is apparently condoned by Alpha as a necessity to ensure peace within the Whisperers, as well as a means of helping to force the women to grow stronger and fight back. However, Alpha pleads with Rick to take Lydia so that she no longer has to endure this. This entire aspect of the Whisperers is completely absent from the series, presumably to allow Alpha's villainy to be heightened in the series, and remove what was her one redeeming quality in the comics.

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