A few months after the spikes, the Kingdom has fallen. Ezekiel uses Eugene’s radio to explain its demise (burst pipes) and asks for shelter from “the storms to come.” Carol sorts through some of Henry’s old stuff as Daryl makes dinner for Lydia. Ezekiel looks longingly at the community charter before packing it up and heading out to Hilltop into the cold, leaving the Kingdom behind for good.
On the road, Ezekiel warns the others to be mindful of where they step so they don’t trespass into the Whisperers’ land. Yumiko informs Michonne they’ve sent letters to Maggie but haven’t heard back, and the Hilltop is still reeling from the loss of another leader. Michonne suggests Carol and Ezekiel could fill in. Suddenly, they spot the undead walking parallel to them in a field and Alden asks Lydia if they’re her people. “We followed their rules, haven’t they done enough to us?” Daryl and Michonne shoot him down, reminding Alden that Lydia’s dealing with her own loss. Lydia tells Daryl, “I don’t want to cause any more problems.”
Later, as it becomes colder, Daryl reminds Carol that Henry wanted Lydia to be with them. She admits all she can see is Henry when she looks at her and Daryl asks what she sees when she looks at him. She assures him she just sees him and puts her hand on his shoulder – it doesn’t go unnoticed by Ezekiel. Jerry warns Ezekiel their barometer just took a nose dive and they better find shelter because the storm arrives.
In Alexandria, Gabe and Rosita keep warm by staying close but Eugene interrupts them to report on the storm. Gabe concocts a plan to group up next to large fireplaces, meaning they’ll have free Negan so he doesn’t freeze. Back on the road, Daryl and Carol kill a couple of walkers and Ezekiel uses the opportunity to let Daryl know he wants a fresh start with Carol at Hilltop “and it would be easier if it was just us.” Daryl doesn’t say anything as snow begins to fall.
Lydia wanders the forest and finds a walker trapped in ice. With a tearful look she takes off her glove and offers her hand to the walker to kill herself but suddenly stops when Carol appears. She escorts Lydia back to the group unbitten. Needing shelter, Michonne reluctantly takes the group to Sanctuary.
Back in Alexandria, Negan congratulates Rosita on her harem of a priest, doctor, and genius. He taunts Gabe by calling him “father…not the father.” Judith tells Negan she’s worried about Dog, who she lost despite Daryl asking her to watch over him. Suddenly, the group smells something and Eugene pulls Siddiq and Gabe away from the fireplace before it explodes. He says chimney makes it unsafe to light anything else on fire, so Gabe decides they’re moving to Aaron’s house. They all tie a rope around themselves and head out into the blizzard.
Daryl sits with Carol at Sanctuary and tells her they’re going to make it. She asks him if something happened back there between him and Ezekiel and he says no, but Carol’s suspicious. She admits with Henry gone she feels like she’s losing herself again, so Daryl offers to take Lydia away from her even though he doesn’t want to leave her. Shortly after, the leaders map their route through a frozen lake in Alpha’s land and Michonne warns they leave now or die.
Afterwards, Ezekiel laments his failures with Michonne, who says if their communities knew each other better Alpha would have never blended in. She vows to never let them get that divided again, and reminds him the Kingdom is here with them, not in their old location. Later, Ezekiel and the gang head out on foot, passing the spikes and into Alpha’s territory. In Alexandria, Judith hears Dog barking in the distance and chases after him, forcing Negan to race after her.
Michonne kills frozen walkers, unsure if they’re Whisperers or not, before reaching the frozen lake. Daryl notices Lydia’s missing again, so Carol leaves to find her and instructs Daryl to get everyone across safely. Suddenly, walkers awaken from the snow banks and they kill them one by one before escaping across the ice.
Meanwhile, Carol tracks down Lydia in a cabin and demands to know what she’s doing. Lydia explains she can’t cross the river because going to Hilltop won’t fix anything, after all half of them blame her for what happened. “Your son’s dead because of me,” she says, before asking Carol to kill her. Lydia holds Carol’s spear to her own neck and tells her this is how she ensures they don’t lose anyone else, and although Carol considers it she stops herself. “You’re not weak,” Carol says before taking her back to the group yet again.
Elsewhere, Negan gets hit by debris while searching for Judith. He screams her name until he hears Dog barking and finds her. Negan puts Judith on his shoulder, grabs Dog’s leash, and realizes they’re lost. He places her down by a cabin and gives her his coat to stay warm. He then ties up his injured leg and carries her and Dog away.
The gang finally arrives at a frozen Hilltop, where Daryl knocks off the head of a frozen walker. That night, Daryl informs Lydia they’ll leave for Alexandria in the morning. She asks why he left and he says she’ll get that story another day. Alden offers Lydia a room but she says she’s OK. Carol tells Ezekiel she’s going to leave him and head to Alexandria with the others. He reminds her he’ll always love her and she says she’ll “never regret the fairytale.” She hands him back her ring and Ezekiel takes it and leaves.
The next morning Michonne, Daryl, and the others return to Alexandria. Michonne hugs Judith and heads to the infirmary where she finds Negan in the infirmary. She thanks him for saving Judith and he muses that last time they were here Rick had just slit his throat. He compliments her on having the guts to cross through the Whisperers’ territory. She tells him that Lydia said they were probably gone because of the cold but Negan warns they’ll be back.
Elsewhere, Beta tells Alpha “the time away has been good for the pack.” Alpha reminds him she’ll need to be strong for what comes next and Beta assures her she will be. Beta then hits her arm with a switch to make her strong. Ezekiel radios Judith from Hilltop and says just because they lost their house doesn’t mean they lost their home. They get off the radio and then we hear another voice – someone saying through mumbled communication to send help.”
What a crazy season finale! What did YOU guys think of the last episode? Let us know in the comments!
Hands down worst episode ever. Lost a fan tonight.
If it’s not the worst I dont know what was . Stunk like zombie volmet. This show really sucks now all they are doing is selling air time . No scavenging no strategic plans . Just st uj poc phony CHARACTER depth BOOOOORRING! AND PLEASE PUT MICHONES HAIR BACK .
What the hell was the point of that season finale!? They end the previous episode with huge death reveals and after 15 episodes this fn show decides watching a bunch of character development conversations in the snow works as a finale. No closure, no satisfaction.. What was the point?? Huge missed opportunity on their part. Tell me it wouldn’t be badass to have them go to Negan to come up with a plot.. And have Negan, Carol, Daryl and everyone else set up some huge ambush and go to war.. Instead we get perhaps one of the most boring episodes of TV I’ve ever watched. Just what the fans want to see after waiting months for a conclusion.. People trying to stay warm in a snow storm smh.. I wonder why their ratings are at a record low?
Quite possibly the worst season finale ever. What a yawn!
Not only boring, but unless I missed something it didn’t even make sense. They left a huge safe compound in blizzard conditions because of some burst pipes? Only to have to seek out shelter on their journey? Twice? I can suspend belief for only so long, who comes up with this stuff, geeze!
Lol, but yet here you are….watching a TV show about…..ZOMBIES? Yup…that’s more believable!
What was the TWD fan awards club code word
Man….what a boring season finale…they should have ended the season with the heads on pikes…Everything about this season except the whisperes has been either not made any sense or was just garbage….Siddiq, luke and kelly make me cringe when they are on screen…What the hell were they thinking when they got rid of rick and carl?????….How did they turn jesus into a pointless character?..These characters play such a huge part in the whisperer storylines…I can only imagine what the hell goes on in their creative meetings…. You just know that next season the mid season finale will be the alpha/negan comic storyline…I wonder if they will screw up the whisperer war as much as they screwed up the all out war story arc….Sad to say but this show might be better off being sent out to pasture….
The actors chose to leave the show. They didnt want to write them out. Yikes man, where do you get your information?
Tom Payne said in a interview that he was dissapointed with how how the Jesus character storylines were playing out…and he chose to leave….Im sure if he had better creative story lines he would have stayed…Chandler wanted to stay and said he was shocked when he found out his character died….He was up for a new contract and amc probably didnt want to pay him….As far as Andrew Lincoln I bet if the creative process was better and TWD was not bleeding viewers he would have stuck around…AMC should have backed up the Brinks truck to him and Chandler…
I agree 100 %
Who has a snowball fight right after walking for hours and almost dying in a blizzard? How was it magically spring time where the whisperer camp was?
Who decides it’s OK not to secure Negan? Let’s keep walking without Judith until we get to the lake & then go back for her. Since when could the Kingdom not be rebuilt? Let’s hope we don’t get caught crossing the Whisperer border & chop down harmless frozen walkers in the process? SMH
A lot of holes in the plot this season….So much stuff just didnt make sense..
He doesn’t have any “clout” anymore
Oh, and Ezekiel… the biggest humanitarian of the group … decides to shun Carol’s biggest buddy & uses mourning over Henry as an excuse? REALLY?!
The king is jealous of Daryls hair….
lol when Ezekiel said that I immediately thought – uh oh now they’re gonna kill off Ezekiel soon .
Seriously, I am so not invested in any of the characters anymore – with only Carol and Daryl as originals , they come on so fast and get killed off so soon before I even have any real chance of caring about them so what’s the point?
Last week when they displayed the ten heads, I didn’t even recognize half of them and had to look here to see who they were except when they flashed Henry’s head I could only think – thank goodness the little twit got killed (he could never have filled Carl’s shoes in my eyes). I didn’t even realize Enid and Tara got killed until I read their names here and I was marginally sad over them because at least they had some time on the show for me to “care” about them!
So, anyway, it looks like Ezekiel’s time is numbered …..
Heh. It was the same for me.
Hey, Bastet, it’s good to know we don’t know anything about TWD, right? We only have all the comics from the beginning and you turned me onto the novels way back when. BTW, Wesley Chu’s new TWD novel, “Typhoon”, is ready to preorder at Amazon for Sept 2019 in case you haven’t seen it yet. It’s too bad we are such dummies when it comes to everything Walking Dead though 🙂
If you actually knew anything about The Walking Dead…then you would know that Ezekiel just lived past his death in the comics! Yes, Ezekiel’s days are numbered because his head was on a pike in the comics, as was Rosita!
Beta said time away was good for the pack. They went South. Make sure you actually pay attention to the show.
Sure…a casual walk to florida from virgina with a horde of walkers totally makes sense….to somebody….somewhere….Beta didnt say they went south….just saying that time away from the group did them good doesnt mean they went anywhere….going from blizzard conditions and just cutting to a scene in springtime makes no sense.. …pay attention to the show…
Where the hell are the Whisperers that it’s all grassy?
The last episode should’ve been the last of the season. This one, really really sucked. Boring, no climax in the ending, and forgettable.
One of the best
Wow, this was boring. It’s like a filler episode as finale. I kept watching thinking “something interesting must happen soon, the episode is only so long”… but minutes went by and I realized nothing is coming. I liked season 9 for the most part, but this? Boo!
A good, more cerebral endings..Sometimes it is nice just to observe human behavior. Especially Ezezkiel…what a fake,pathetic excuse for a man!! I thought this from the beginning long ago and this episode confirmed it for me. He is not a bad man just one with very weak ego. Daryl and Carol are deep thinkers and have much more in common with each than phony “King Ekzekial”. When threatened he tells his competition to “go away”….pathetic! He is all about the trappings of leadership but down inside he is a shell of a man.
worst ending ever , thought at the end may b rick will come with military or just gonna blow the wispers with bomb or atleast something like that but , AMC just knows how to loose there VIEWERS and they are so good at it , just cannot define .
You do realize that Rick left the show right? Hes not just gonna come soaring in with military guys and blow shit up. Definitely dont ever be a writer.
Just disappointing was ready for a huge fight in the snow not Daryl killing a walker with an icicle
Well I’m a bit let down. I understand the need to show the Daryl Carol bond is still strong. Otherwise just bewildering. The voice on the radio was intriguing, but not enough to justify what came before it. The continuity issues (40 minutes of snow storm, then sunny whisperer camp) are getting old. Or were we to assume they went south for the winter? Like the question from last week of how Alpha got folks from the fair out to behead them, it makes things difficult to follow.
I’m torn between giving it a B or a D. B is for boring. D is for dull. The new showrunner has got to go.
Crazy!? Really. That fuckin sucked. I have been on the verge of dropping this show from my weekly tv routine, but the second to last episode momentarily peaked my interest. Then they follow it up with THAT crap? Seriously, I used to think there was a method to their madness but now they are simply losing momentum. They have killed off the beat, most crucial characters to the storyline and episodes are more often than not boring, with rare excitable moments poked thru. I’m over it. Done with this show that could have been great for so many more seasons. Poo. Big steaming poo.
I believe the new show-runner is going to put the finishing touches on what was once must see TV and has now become a soap opera as a villain of the year instead of monster of the week format. This was without a doubt the most boring season ending episode in the series and repeated the much repeated plot device of a kid running off on her own into an obviously dangerous situation. How many times can they use this same device. Like the villain and bad group of the year who is eventually defeated, this show is in a rut and running out of plot.
On the one hand, I was a bit let down I think because we are all used to watching a finale with more action and more characters being killed off. (What does that say for the audience, the need to watch folks be slaughtered in order to like the episode?). However, I actually after thinking about it and watching it again, enjoyed the episode. Two factions that used to know each other so well reconnecting and working toward a common goal. Neagan taking care of Judith, which we all know he has a connection to her and her to him…..Daryl being there for Carol….Like she has been for him. Kind of a renewal of a special friendship since the beginning…and more intriguing is the “relationship” that is developing between Neagan and Michonne and where it will lead….Neagan sure has some interesting knowledge about the whisperers doesn’t he? Makes ya think he has some first hand experience with them…….It’s the beginning of something much darker to come I think and the connections either new or old being renewed are a good thing for the story line in my opinion.
A fantastic season! The writing was super creative and so well layered. Then every dept from props-to scene design, to directing to filming. So many wonderful details. So many incredible performances some of the best in the series to date. Michonne and Alpha should get Emmy.
Angela really did a GREAT job especially with rhythm and pushing the story. She really breathed New life into the show despite the departures of Rick and Maggie. I was a little miffed that Enid and Tara had to die. But someone had to go. I thought they could have kept them off the Pike It took me all week to get over it. It really hit me hard. Almost has hard as Carl’s loss which is a hard thing to do. Enid had become one of my favorite characters because of her arc and performances.
The finale was super cool setting up next season. LOVED the snow ball fight.
There is a sensitivity in the writing that has not been as prevalent as in the past. It has really got a lot more depth this season.
Daryl and Carol is a non starter relationship. They are friends not ever going to be lovers. Daryl I think has found someone he has got an itch for along with respect. He leaves his dog with his new love interest his Deaf friend. That was such a telling scene. I think Daryl is in love.
The thing I want to see is Judith gets the killing blow against Alpha. Alpha captures Judith, Negan goes after her then in a twist Judith chops off Alpha’s head and saves Negan who then kills Beta who tries to kill Judith. All one scene.
So many character stories to follow now. GREAT JOB ANGELA KANG!
This seemed disjointed with the scenery, location, and weather changes. Not sure if this made sense, but there were too many untied ends. Like how did Negan find his way back after he rescued Judith and Dog? They were lost in the woods,in a blizzard, with zero visibility… There is so much that was not tied together, this episode was just illogical.
I thought this epi was the best of the season….Getting sick of all the battles….last night I hope we will get back to the original sense of the show way back when …
This mid season ending was just fine. It adds to the realism of life’s ebb and flow. Last week they hammer you with heads on spikes and then end off with a few new crucial character developments to get the ball rolling when they return this fall. It’s never going to go 100% the way anyone really wants but that’s part of the fun and reality of the imaginings of the writing team here. For example, when Beth was perfunctorily executed by Dawn there was a huge uproar from fans of the character and actress, but that didn’t stop the writers who carry on with new characters to eliminate later on… hey, it isn’t “The Brady Bunch”, it’s “The Walking Dead”…
WHAT THE FUCK was that , they may as well just end it they killed everyone we watxh the show for, you have a head turner last week , and we think OK here we go finally were gonna get back on track gotta do something cause you have killed all the ogs but three and then big fat NOTHIG , would not be shocked too here 10 final season cause ya’lll have kucked the show up??
Help , bring rick and maggie while u can save this damm shit u got us watching. I mean they didnt do a week long marathon for us to watck u give us nothing , ohh but wait if u do that then we remember what we lost”the whole show”You here shit about ricks SON or maggie and glens baby never even Sean maggie showing or having the baby , then machonne big and showing , there are so many things you could be doing to keep people conected to the people we lost and I agree just do final season and let us have our reruns that I miss so muck,
Loved it! After the pike scene it was nice to come back down to earth after that event happened! Nice to see people from the communities realize how it was important to come finally come together as communities again to fight through the natural element at had that we’ve never seen on the show before! It was great to see Negan show his worth and how he actually does have a heart as he did not hesitate to go after Judith! Michonne finally got to see a different side to Negan that she never thought was possible! It will also be interesting to see how Ezekiel is going to be effected by Carol leaving him after already dealing with the loss of so many, especially Henry, losing The Kingdom, and just knowing he’s dealing with major losses once again and knowing how Shiva’s loss just destroyed him! Not to mention that Carol admitted to Daryl that she’ feels like she’s losing herself again! That could change things up with Carol as we know how she was before during The Saviors arc when she lost it! How much will that play into her interactions with The Whisperers!? Hearing the voice on the radio opens the door to new things and it will be exciting to find out who that was! Lots of possibilities there!
There is lots to find out in Season 10 as there was plenty built up in this final episode that gives me lots to think about until the show starts back up! I know I will get bashed by other for my opinion on this final episode, but it is just that….MY OPINION and nobody will change that! I went into this season with an open mind and I was very impressed with how things turned out! Thank you Angela Kang for a great season!!
This was probably the second worst season of the series behind 8….Way too many plot holes and stuff that didnt make any sense/matter…new characters that are annoying i.e Luke and Kelly…Siddiq being cringeworthy….The switch to Kang has made no difference other than the diversity/feminism storyline overload…The Whisperes were the only thing making this show watchable this season…
Happy for you…so go watch something else. 🙂
“diversity/ feminism overload” translation:”Boo hoo! Not enough white men! Wahh!”
Translation; it sucked.
They could have ended the season with the fair and the beheadings. Then opened a new season with the snow storm. It is an injustice to rush this great cast and story to an untimely demise then jump out of the Fall Fair and into the depths of Winter with no story in between.
Hasn’t snowed or even rained in 9 years and all of a sudden it’s Alaska!! Where did they get all those coats from?? And how come the whisperers/skinheads were lounging around in shirtsleeves???
You obviously failed to pay attention when Ezekiel flat out said to Michonne when they were at the Sanctuary, “Snow has never hit this hard, this early!” Where did they get the coats….do you really believe that of all the years they’ve been in the apocalypse and have went out looking for food and supplies that they NEVER come across cold weather type of clothes? Just because they’ve never showed them finding something like that during an episode….means they’ve never found any??? Common sense really.
Kind of like in all these years of traveling between communities and searching for supplies that these highway men just magically show up?….and there just happens to be a building full of children of the corn kids that is within walking distance of alexandria that nobody has found?….common sense season 9 plot holes….
Yup…common sense. The Highway Men showed up by exactly that….TRAVELING. Pure rocket science!
The horse went before the carriage on this one. It’s hard to watch this at times, but I do love the show. I didn’t expect a cliff hanger in the finale but I have to agree with some of the comments though, snow storm? I hate to admit it, but I’m looking forward to Fear TWD in June. Rick will probably appear eventually as well. Might explain the plane.
I have to agree with most of the posts. I was expecting something real big for ending after last week’s ending. This ending was a disappointment. I did’t even watch the Talking Dead aftershow. It was a dud.
I was expecting Beth and once again she didnt come back. What a waste of a character.
Did u just say beth??
I have two questions. Do you think one of the main reasons that Carol left Ezekiel was because he was blaming Daryl or asking Daryl to stay away from Carol? My other question is, do you think Alpha was having herself whipped because she was trying to make herself stronger, because she wants to get revenge on Daryl, Carol and company, for crossing into her territory ? Or do you think it was for another reason, and she might not know they crossed?
Just my opinion,but I have always believed Carol thought of Ezekiel as an amusing sideshow. He seemed to need her more than she needed him. The King had known Henry and his brother much longer than Carol,yet he did not seem to have the same deep emotional response that Carol did. I think she sensed his insecurity and was tired of him and his pretenses. Alpha also did it for show,and to make sure Beta does not doubt her.
I think you nailed it
I am wondering what happened to the horses. Did they just leave them at Sanctuary? Cant believe that they are easy to come by.
Now i understand why Andrew lincoln left the show…
He saw the shit coming..
is anyone else sad that they left the horses behind?! ???
YES! Those horses did work for them and helped get things back up and running…. WHY? oh, why leave them in the sanctuary? Tey left them ti die and horrible inhumane death of starvation !!!!! I am very ANGRY!!! BOOOOOOO!!!!
I think that the show reflects the current world situation. Mainly olitically correct, feminist and soft. The characters Michonne and Carol were turned from initially great interesting characters to whiny do-gooders with no interesting story. Only the image production has improved. In spite of everything I will be one of the view who will watch the show until the last episode and therefore I really hope that it will return to its beginning and its uniqueness.
100%, character development is gone and all of a sudden we’re supposed to care about some random English, tattooed, deaf, and non binary new comers because “new diversity thing good”. It’s nothing against diversity, its pointless diversity just to check lists on boxes as fast as they can that makes it stupid.
King Ezekiel didn’t take the ring back. Carol still has it. Pay close attention when she tried to give it back to him.
Thank you Alis, you are right Carol still has the ring. This episode confirmed to me that Carol is a very strong woman and insightful….Ezekiel is not.
Terrible, what has changed? It’s hard to watch this last season. Someone is driving this show to extinction.
The most boring season so far. It indeed become a soap opera. It’s seems this show it’s dead ?I am walking the hell away from it. What kind of brain dead losers are writing this piece of crap anyway?There’s nothing left of the initial atmosphere, there is nothing left of the show. It’s pure crap ? disrespectful to both fans and actors.
So Michonne lost her baby in season 9?..I saw the grave that said rj but wtf is going on in season 10.tho.makes no sense.