As Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and his group try to evade the Whisperers, Connie (Lauren Ridloff) leads them to an abandoned construction site of a building that also houses a hidden supply drop. I guess the plan is to lead the Whisperers away from their community. But, to be honest, wouldn’t it be easier just to smack Henry (Matt Lintz) in the mouth and hand Lydia back? Because, regardless, the Whisperers will still return to Hilltop at some point.
Since they decide against my suggestion, the group instead, plans to create a chokepoint in order to separate the Whisperers form the actual undead. And, this is where the abandoned building comes in handy. If Daryl’s group hang around at the top of the building, only the humans will end up following them as the undead will be unable to thanks to created blockades.
Lydia admits she won’t be able to fight her own kind, so Daryl locks her in a cupboard with Dog as they wait for the Whisperers to ascend.
Even though Beta (Ryan Hurst) suspects a trap, the Whisperers venture upwards.
Cue epic fight between Daryl and Beta.
Daryl, who gives zero fucks about the size of Beta manages to fight the Whisperer. In fact, he even manages to push Beta down a lift shaft and the group escapes, thinking they have killed the group.
Of course, no one actually checked on Beta which means the Whisperer is totally still alive and ready to report back to the main group.
CF: Beta is a force of nature. When you’re a moving mountain it’s hard to put someone down. Of course, getting tossed down an elevator shaft and not dying tends to piss you off a whole lot…
The Kingdom’s Ransom
So, the Kingdom receive a ransom note that is marked with that mysterious red symbol seen recently in the Kingdom’s territory. While everyone has been guessing the symbol stood for the Whisperers, AMC actually manages to surprise the fanbase — TV and comic book fans alike.
But, back to that ransom note.
In it, the Kingdom is issued with having to pay a toll to use the highway leading to their community. And, considering there is a Fair scheduled to occur soon, the note suggests bad things will happen if they don’t pay the ransom price.
However, the Kingdom absolutely don’t have the resources to pay the toll so they try to work out what to do as well as attempt to figure out who the new group is.
When it is suggested that it could be a small group of Saviors, Carol (Melissa McBride) insists it isn’t them without actually ‘fessing up to the fact she killed them all.
CF: I loved watching Carol tap dance around a little over this. “Um, I’m pretty sure they aren’t Saviors…” Yeah, ’cause you went all Angel of Death on them, My Queen. Carol just can’t get that out of her system.
As for what to do, Carol suggests that they talk to the group rather than go in guns a-blazing. While this is in part due to the fact that there are no guns to set ablaze, it is also based on the fact that the letter is articulate. Because well-written people are not capable of slaughter, apparently.
CF: Because all insane killers are incapable of writing coherently. Right–
So, the Kingdom go to meet this group and I am totally expecting Alpha (Samantha Morton) to make an appearance. But, no, instead a group appears that have no actual counterpart in the comics and are completely new to the franchise.
Initially, the group won’t negotiate. They insist that they need supplies and the only way for them to get them this long into the apocalypse is to harass functioning groups for the wares.
But then, Carol suggests a movie night and the group caves quickly. Because it turns out that movies are more important than food when it comes to survival. The new group then agrees to keep the roads safe for the Kingdom in return for movies and so the Highwaymen are born.
Which is totally just in time for the Fair and the likely approaching herd of pissed off Whisperers that don’t like people having nice things.
CF: I loved how Carol switched up her tone and went all caring mother. “When was the last time you saw a movie?” Of course, this is the same voice she used when she was Carol, The Undercover Cookie Maker and when she told Sam she was gonna leave him tied to a tree for the zombies and when she gave Rick the “Oh, Sunshine–” speech. It’s also the tone she used on Rick to convince him he needed to kill Pete. Yeah, when she turns this tone on you BETTER want to see a movie–or else.
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Season 9 of The Walking Dead returns to AMC with Episode 14 (titled “Scars”) on Sunday, March 17. AMC lists the following synopsis for this episode.
“An outsider’s arrival forces Alexandria to rehash devastating old wounds; eye-opening secrets from the past are revealed.”
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