Bad Liar: Ezekiel can barely keep a straight face when Carol questions what his sidequest is. However, Jerry really takes the cake since he can barely bring himself to plead the fifth when questioned by Carol.
Beneath the Mask: No pun intended, but Alpha does make an effort to put up a respectful, calm persona as she addresses Hilltop during the negotiations. However, when she starts making serious threats and orders the Whisperers baby be left to the walkers, the true monster begins to show itself.
Both Sides Have a Point: Regarding the mission to retrieve a bulb for the Kingdoms film projector. Carol argues that its not completely necessary to the Kingdom and that they risk getting caught by a herd. Ezekiel concedes this, but declares that the experience of a movie night and the joy it will bring is something they should take to the fair.
Break the Cutie: The innocence and wholesome idealism Henry has regained since his traumatic childhood begins to break down when Lydia is forced to return to the Whisperers.
Enid references the death of Carl, and his parting letter to her that she received in midlate Season 8.
Henry mentioned movie nights at the Kingdom back in Season 7s The Well.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: A very complicated version occurs with Alphas feelings for her daughter, since she greets her with a vicious strike on the face before hugging her. The Whisperer mother is also aghast when shes ordered to abandon her baby to the walkers.
Foreshadowing: The movie on the marquee of the theater is The Silent Army, which deals with a camp of child soldiers. The fourteenth episode of the season, "Scars" involves a group of murderous children who are revealed to be responsible for the X's on Daryl and Michonne's backs.
Posthumous Character: Played With in the case of Jesus. The episode opens with a flashback to sometime during the six year Time Skip, in which Jesus appears, even though by the present timeline hes already dead.
Promotion to Parent: Or re-promotion, as Earl and Tammy appear to have taken in the former Whisperer baby.
Smug Snake: Alpha initially starts with a reserved demeanor, but when she begins revealing the cards she has in play (large numbers, a baby, and her hostages), she grows more and more smug by the minute.
Tempting Fate: Ezekiel suggests that maybe theyre done losing for a while... just as they appear to cross into Alphas territory.
Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Henry runs off with Lydia when he learns the Whisperers have come to collect her before he learns Alpha is holding Luke and Alden hostage to bargain for her daughter. When he realizes whats at stake, he immediately backs down.
Villains Never Lie: Alpha is, to her credit, totally on the level during negotiations. She doesnt try to pull any fast ones and opts for the most peaceful solution to get her daughter back, and Alden and Luke are returned safe and sound.