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** The shocking [[spoiler:heads-on-pikes deaths of Enid, Tara, Henry, Ozzy, Alek, D.J., Frankie, Tammy Rose, Rodney and Adeline]] make the communities sit up and realize that Alpha is absolutely ''not'' screwing around, and that she will not hesitate for one second to slaughter ''anyone'' she perceives as a threat or challenge to the Whisperers. Arguably, the deaths do more damage to the morale of the three communities than Negan ''ever'' did during the Savior War.



** [[spoiler:Jesus's]] sudden death finally makes the group realize that Eugene's warnings of "walkers who can talk" aren't just crazed hyperbole, and that there is indeed a dangerous new threat out there in the form of the Whisperers.



** Neagan forcing Rick to either chop off Carl's arm, or watch everyone he knows and loves be executed.

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** Neagan Negan forcing Rick to either chop off Carl's arm, or watch everyone he knows and loves be executed.


* SchrodingersCast: Since the show does not follow the comic books to the letter, this occasionally results in some characters long outliving or predeceasing their counterparts. [[spoiler:Otis, Sophia, Dale, Patricia, Lori, Axel, Andrea, Mikey, Holly, Nicholas, Denise, Olivia, Emmett Carson, Richard, Carl, Harlan Carson, Jesus, and Siddiq]] die long before their comic counterparts. [[spoiler:Shane, Martinez, Carol, Tyreese, Judith, Scott, Bruce, Tobin, Morgan, Kal, Luke, Rosita, and Ezekiel]] live quite a bit longer than theirs.

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* SchrodingersCast: Since the show does not follow the comic books to the letter, this occasionally results in some characters long outliving or predeceasing their counterparts. [[spoiler:Otis, Sophia, Dale, Patricia, Lori, Axel, Andrea, Mikey, Holly, Nicholas, Denise, Olivia, Emmett Carson, Richard, Carl, Harlan Carson, Jesus, Siddiq, and Siddiq]] Dante]] die long before their comic counterparts. [[spoiler:Shane, Martinez, Carol, Tyreese, Judith, Scott, Bruce, Tobin, Morgan, Kal, Luke, Rosita, and Ezekiel]] live quite a bit longer than theirs.


* SchrodingersCast: Since the show does not follow the comic books to the letter, this occasionally results in some characters long outliving or predeceasing their counterparts. [[spoiler:Otis, Sophia, Dale, Patricia, Lori, Axel, Andrea, Mikey, Holly, Nicholas, Denise, Olivia, Emmett Carson, Richard, Carl, Harlan Carson, and Jesus]] die long before their comic counterparts. [[spoiler:Shane, Martinez, Carol, Tyreese, Judith, Scott, Bruce, Tobin, Morgan, Kal, Luke, Rosita, and Ezekiel]] live quite a bit longer than theirs.

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* SchrodingersCast: Since the show does not follow the comic books to the letter, this occasionally results in some characters long outliving or predeceasing their counterparts. [[spoiler:Otis, Sophia, Dale, Patricia, Lori, Axel, Andrea, Mikey, Holly, Nicholas, Denise, Olivia, Emmett Carson, Richard, Carl, Harlan Carson, Jesus, and Jesus]] Siddiq]] die long before their comic counterparts. [[spoiler:Shane, Martinez, Carol, Tyreese, Judith, Scott, Bruce, Tobin, Morgan, Kal, Luke, Rosita, and Ezekiel]] live quite a bit longer than theirs.


* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Season(s)-long agonizing about [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim the morality of killing a villain]] like the Governor or Negan happily ignores the numberless nameless henchmen who have already been offed without a second thought.

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* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Season(s)-long agonizing about [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim the morality of killing a villain]] like the Governor or Negan happily ignores the numberless nameless henchmen who have already been offed without a second thought. In the episode where the AHK alliance finally defeats the latter, a Savior used as a decoy is begging for his life while surrendering, only for Morgan to stab him in his head.


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** From "18 Miles Out":
---> '''Randall:''' I went to school with Maggie for God's sake!


* UnusualEuphemism: "Opting out," which refers to committing suicide.

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* UnusualEuphemism: UnusualEuphemism:
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"Opting out," which refers to committing suicide.



** When Bruce goes out into the woods to take a dump, he refers this as "Sending a fax to Cleveland."
* VengefulWidow: Maggie becomes this after [[spoiler: Glenn's death at Negan's hands.]] It comes to a head in Season 9,when she decides [[spoiler: to kill Negan herself, after Rick had spared him at the end of the Savior War.]] However, it's subverted once she sees [[spoiler: that Negan's become a broken, tortured DeathSeeker, and [[CruelMercy decides to let him live with his suffering.]]]]



* VengefulWidow: Maggie becomes this after [[spoiler: Glenn's death at Negan's hands.]] It comes to a head in Season 9,when she decides [[spoiler: to kill Negan herself, after Rick had spared him at the end of the Savior War.]] However, it's subverted once she sees [[spoiler: that Negan's become a broken, tortured DeathSeeker, and decides to let him live with his suffering.]]

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* VengefulWidow: Maggie becomes this after [[spoiler: Glenn's death at Negan's hands.]] It comes ** This happens to [[spoiler:Jared]] during his final moments, as he's being held against a head in Season 9,when she decides [[spoiler: to kill Negan herself, after Rick had spared gate by his ArchEnemy Morgan, he tearfully begs for him at the end of the Savior War.]] However, it's subverted once she sees [[spoiler: that Negan's become a broken, tortured DeathSeeker, and decides to let go when the walkers [[DevouredByTheHorde begin to]] [[EatenAlive eat him live with his suffering.alive.]]


*** After [[spoiler:Eugene reveals he's not a scientist,]] Rosita tearfully reminds him that several people died trying to get him as far to D.C. as possible. To which the former remorsefully acknowledges this and lists off the names of all those that did, including [[spoiler:Bob Stookey.]]



** Dwight, Sherry, and Tina's escape attempt in their debut episode is rendered moot with the latter getting killed by Walkers and the former two being forced to return to the Saviors with Dwight getting promoted and Sherry becoming one of Negan's wives. This all happened shortly after Daryl decided to give them back Tina's insulin, as well.
** After [[spoiler:Eugene reveals he's not a scientist,]] Rosita tearfully reminds him that several people died trying to get him as far to D.C. as possible. To which the former remorsefully acknowledges this and lists off the names of all those that did, including [[spoiler:Bob Stookey.]]

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** Dwight, Sherry, and Tina's escape attempt in their debut episode is rendered moot with the latter getting killed by Walkers and the former two being forced to return to the Saviors with Dwight getting promoted and Sherry becoming one of Negan's wives. This Oh, and this all happened shortly after Daryl decided to give them back Tina's insulin, as well.
** After [[spoiler:Eugene reveals he's not a scientist,]] Rosita tearfully reminds him that several people died In the episode "Still Gotta Mean Something," the escaped Savior [=POWs=] spend their whole time trying to find a way to get him as far back to D.C. as possible. To which the former remorsefully acknowledges this Hilltop colony to treat their wounded members and lists off defect from the names of all those Saviors amounts to nothing as their wounded are DevouredByTheHorde as soon as the walkers enter the abandonned dive bar and are betrayed by Rick and Morgan once they've freed them, who then reveal to a dying Reilly that did, including [[spoiler:Bob Stookey.]][[ILied they lied]] to them about giving them a second chance and treating their wounded at the Hilltop.

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** After [[spoiler:Eugene reveals he's not a scientist,]] Rosita tearfully reminds him that several people died trying to get him as far to D.C. as possible. To which the former remorsefully acknowledges this and lists off the names of all those that did, including [[spoiler:Bob Stookey.]]


** Dwight, Sherry, and Tina's escape attempt in their debut episode is rendered moot with the latter getting killed by Walkers and the former two being forced to return to the Saviors with Dwight getting promoted and Sherry becoming one of Negan's wives. This all happened shortly after Daryl decided to give them back Tina's insulin.

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** Dwight, Sherry, and Tina's escape attempt in their debut episode is rendered moot with the latter getting killed by Walkers and the former two being forced to return to the Saviors with Dwight getting promoted and Sherry becoming one of Negan's wives. This all happened shortly after Daryl decided to give them back Tina's insulin.insulin, as well.



* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Woodbury has two different pairs. First there's Tim and Crowley. They're killed early on and replaced by Martinez and Shumpert for the rest of the season.

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* ThoseTwoBadGuys: ThoseTwoBadGuys:
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Woodbury has two different pairs. First there's Tim and Crowley. They're killed early on and replaced by Martinez and Shumpert for the rest of the season.season.
** Dave and Tony, the two members of the "Philidelphia Group" that Rick, Glenn, and Hershel meet in the episode "Nebraska."


** Dwight, Sherry, and Tina's escape attempt in their debut episode is rendered moot with the latter getting killed by Walkers and the former two being forced to return to the Saviors with Dwight getting promoted and Sherry becoming one of Negan's wives.

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** Dwight, Sherry, and Tina's escape attempt in their debut episode is rendered moot with the latter getting killed by Walkers and the former two being forced to return to the Saviors with Dwight getting promoted and Sherry becoming one of Negan's wives. This all happened shortly after Daryl decided to give them back Tina's insulin.



* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Her name is ''Mika'', but that doesn't stop fans and subtitlers alike from calling her Mica, Myka, Micah...

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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: SpellMyNameWithAnS:
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Her name is ''Mika'', but that doesn't stop fans and subtitlers alike from calling her Mica, Myka, Micah...Micah...
** The Atlanta Camp survivor who stayed behind with Dr. Jenner's name is spelled ''Jacqui,'' not ''Jackie.''

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** Dwight, Sherry, and Tina's escape attempt in their debut episode is rendered moot with the latter getting killed by Walkers and the former two being forced to return to the Saviors with Dwight getting promoted and Sherry becoming one of Negan's wives.

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* TheseusShipParadox: As of the end of season 9, there's nobody left from the main cast of the first season.[[note]]Norman Reedus (Daryl) and Melissa McBride (Carol) do span the entire series, but they were credited as recurring in season 1 (McBride technically didn't join the main cast until season 4).[[/note]]


** [[spoiler: Sophia's]] death shows that InfantImmortality will ''not'' be used in this series and that DeathByAdaptation ''will'' be employed.

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** [[spoiler: Sophia's]] death shows that InfantImmortality DeathOfAChild will ''not'' be used in this series and that DeathByAdaptation ''will'' be employed.


** As a teenager, Henry believes that good will always win and that he has to be a hero just like his adoptive parents before him. Unfortunately, this leads to him making some really dumb, naive decisions, such as immediately trusting a member of the Whisperers just because they're a girl his age, and later going after said girl and openly talking back to the ''very'' dangerous Alpha and Beta. [[spoiler:The latter ultimately proves his undoing as he is specifically targeted by Alpha to punish Lydia for leaving her, and also leads to Alpha massacring nine other heroic characters in one fell swoop.]]


* TheStarscream: [[spoiler: Simon]], in Season 8. He gets what's coming to him.

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* TheStarscream: [[spoiler: Simon]], in Season 8. He loses faith in Negan when his leader refuses to indulge his psychopathic KillEmAll tendencies, and decides he is too weak to lead the Saviors. He abandons him when he goes MIA on the way to a battle at Hilltop and usurps control of the Saviors. When Negan returns, he prepares for one final strike to get rid of him, but [[spoiler:thanks to Dwight betraying him,]] he gets what's coming to him.



** Approximately 18 months pass between the end of Season 8 and the beginning of Season 9. We get another time skip of six years after [[spoiler: Rick's supposed death]] where Judith is now a teenager.

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** Approximately 18 months pass between the end of Season 8 and the beginning of Season 9. We get another time skip of six years after [[spoiler: Rick's supposed death]] where Judith is now a teenager.pre-teen.



** As a teenager, Henry believes that good will always win and that he has to be a hero just like his adoptive parents before him. Unfortunately, this leads to him making some really dumb, naive decisions, such as immediately trusting a member of the Whisperers just because they're a girl his age, and later going after said girl and openly talking back to the ''very'' dangerous Alpha and Beta. [[spoiler:The latter ultimately proves his undoing as he is specifically targeted by Alpha to punish Lydia for leaving her, and also leads to Alpha massacring nine other heroic characters in one fell swoop.]]



** After the time skip in the Season 9 episode "What Comes After", we get a glimpse of a teenage Judith, who manages to deliver several headshots to an undead herd with a revolver and saving a group of survivors in the process.

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** After the time skip in the Season 9 episode "What Comes After", we get a glimpse of a teenage roughly 10-year-old Judith, who manages to deliver several headshots to an undead herd with a revolver and saving a group of survivors in the process.



** Season 9 Episode 6’s preview promises “evolving zombies.” [[spoiler: They’re humans wearing zombie masks, called The Whisperers.]]

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** Season 9 Episode 6’s preview promises “evolving zombies.” teases that the walkers are evolving into more intelligent threats capable of speech. [[spoiler: They’re humans wearing zombie masks, called The Whisperers.Whisperers, though if you had read the comics, you wouldn't have bought it from the first trailer they were teased in.]]



** The Kingdom falls into disrepair by the end of Season 9 thanks to busted pipes and a large fire, and its' people are forced to take refuge at Hilltop for the foreseeable future.



* TrueCompanions: The survivor group eventually comes to regard each other as this, something which is repeatedly lampshaded throughout Season 3 especially.

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* TrueCompanions: TrueCompanions:
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The survivor group eventually comes to regard each other as this, something which is repeatedly lampshaded throughout Season 3 especially.



** [[spoiler:Henry, Addy, and Rodney are all teenagers who are decapitated by Alpha, and their reanimated heads are put on pikes.]]



* VillainousBreakdown: The Governor suffers one after [[spoiler:Penny's]] death, locking himself inside his house and ignoring what's going on Woodbury. He does it again after arriving at Martinez's camp, and failing to escape when he sees things are about to go bad.

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The Governor suffers one after [[spoiler:Penny's]] death, locking himself inside his house and ignoring what's going on Woodbury. He does it again after arriving at Martinez's camp, and failing to escape when he sees things are about to go bad.bad.
** Simon is reduced to a screaming, barely coherent mess when [[spoiler:his assassination attempt on Negan is foiled by Dwight.]]
** With his army falling by the second thanks to a betrayal he was completely blindsided by, and after Rick reminds him of the death of [[spoiler:Carl]], who he genuinely grieves for, Negan begins crying and gives up swinging at Rick. [[spoiler:Rick non-fatally slits his throat, and Negan sobs that he's seemingly defying Carl's last wishes to spare him.]]


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* WakeUpCallBoss: The confrontation with the Whisperers [[spoiler:which results in the death of Jesus]] in mid-Season 9 reestablishes the walkers as a genuine threat, even in small numbers. After nearly a decade of having been acclimated to fighting slow, predictable walkers, the group must now carefully watch the walkers who may attack them since they may just be psychopaths with knives who can actually fight back.


* WouldHurtAChild: Dear God, ''Alpha''. More than any other villain in the series so far. We find out early on that she's a highly abusive mother, both physically and verbally. Because of her SocialDarwinist mentality, she effectively [[spoiler: makes a Whisperer mother abandon her crying baby to be devoured by walkers (thankfully, the baby is saved by Connie)]]. But the real clincher comes from [[spoiler: killing Henry, Ronnie and Addy (among others), and sticking their heads on pikes to mark the border of her territory]]. Not even ''Negan or the Governor'' would stoop that low.

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* WouldHurtAChild: Dear God, ''Alpha''. More than any other villain in the series so far. We find out early on that she's a highly abusive mother, both physically and verbally. Because of her SocialDarwinist mentality, she effectively [[spoiler: makes a Whisperer mother abandon her crying baby to be devoured by walkers (thankfully, the baby is saved by Connie)]]. But the real clincher comes from [[spoiler: killing Henry, Ronnie Rodney and Addy (among others), and sticking their heads on pikes to mark the border of her territory]]. Not even ''Negan or the Governor'' would stoop that low.

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