Here’s the only ‘walking dead’ season 9 recap video you need to watch before tonight’s premiere

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With season 10 imminent, here's a recap of what happened last time on The Walking Dead. Spoilers ahead...

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By Louisa Mellor | September 30, 2019 | | Comments count:0
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This Walking Dead article contains spoilers.

The Walking Dead season 9 was all about the battle lớn achieve Carl’s dream of rebuilding civilization and the many set-backs that threatened that ideal. It started with the symbol of an unfinished bridge & ended with a mysterious radio signal hinting at the wider world.

There was a mighty time-jump – first of eighteen months, then of six years. In that time, the community leaders fell out for reasons undisclosed, và Sanctuary and The Kingdom fell into disrepair, perhaps forever. Now only Hilltop & Alexandria remain.


With the threat from Negan neutralized, a new big bad arrived in the khung of Samantha Morton’s Alpha và her group of Whisperers – living people wearing the skins of Walkers & travelling inside herds, steering them lượt thích cattle from within. 


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Characters were lost. Many characters. Rick, Maggie, and Jadis/Anne all left but didn’t die. Thanks to lớn Alpha, others — including Jesus, Tara, Enid, và Henry — departed the show in a much more permanent way. A new group arrived — Magna, Yumiko, Connie, Kelly, và Luke. Carol grew her hair out, và most important of all, Daryl got a dog. He named it Dog.

With season 10 fast approaching, here’s a recap of everything you need khổng lồ remember from last time around:

The Goodbye Rick Grimes Miniseries (episodes one to five)

Eighteen months after Rick beat Negan & the Sanctuary surrendered, all is not well in the new civilization. Maggie can’t forgive Rick for keeping Negan alive and locked up in a cell, và she’s not the only one with a problem. Oceanside resents the former Saviors who executed their men và boys và have been picking them off one by one. Gregory resents Maggie for ousting him from nguồn in a Hilltop election và tries to lớn have her murdered, but he is caught & hanged as a result. A good portion of the Saviors resent the King, the Widow, and Rick, và are missing the good life under Negan. 

It doesn’t help that the ex-Saviors are hungry, và Hilltop is unhappy about having khổng lồ shore them up with their own supplies. When Rick tries to bring the communities together to build a literal bridge, tensions flare. Michonne tries to help by drawing up a charter for the communities lớn sign, bringing the rule of law back into the characters’ lives. 

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It’s not all bad news. Carol has found a family with new husband Ezekiel & their adopted son Henry. Jerry và Hilltop gardener Nabila have paired up. Rick and Michonne are living with Judith in a rebuilt Alexandria with souvenirs of Carl around the house. Temporarily, Anne (formerly Jadis of the Scavengers) hooks up with Gabriel, but that ends when she kidnaps him khổng lồ offer up to her mysterious helicopter contacts. Her conscience overrides her và she eventually lets Gabriel go.


Attempting khổng lồ lead a large herd of Walkers away from his people, Rick Grimes is thrown from his horse và seriously injured. He sacrifices himself khổng lồ save Alexandria by blowing up the bridge they were building to stop the Walkers from crossing it, an sự kiện witnessed by Michonne, Daryl, & the others. However, Rick doesn’t die, he’s rescued by Anne/Jadis, who radios her helicopter contacts và tells them that he is a “B” (despite marking him as an “A” in season seven), whatever that means. She và Rick are taken away by helicopter & not seen again.

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After the Time Jump (episodes six khổng lồ sixteen)

Six years later, Kingdom is falling apart at the seams & Sanctuary is an abandoned wasteland. Only Alexandria and Hilltop remain, và in the time past, their leaders have fallen out severely over an undisclosed event. Carol is fiercely protective of Henry (unbeknownst khổng lồ her adopted son, she burns a group of former Saviors alive when they threaten và steal from them), and unwillingly takes him to lớn Hilltop khổng lồ train as a blacksmith.

Judith Grimes is around 10 years old and now has a little brother, RJ, by her dad and Michonne. She brings a group of survivors back to Alexandria (Magna, Yumiko, Connie, Kelly, và Luke) but Michonne is suspicious & refuses to let them stay, instead taking them to Hilltop. Maggie has taken her son and left to go with Georgie, the woman who swapped “The Key” instructions for rebuilding sustainable civilisation for records in season 8. Jesus was voted Hilltop leader in Maggie’s stead, but is uncomfortable in the role, preferring life on the road. 

Daryl split from the group immediately after Rick “died” & has spent the last years surviving alone in the woods looking for Rick’s corpse, with only his dog for company. He & Michonne both have a mysterious X-shaped scar on their backs, which we later learn was received when Michonne welcomed an old friend & her group of children into Alexandria, who then robbed them, kidnapped their children, branded Michonne and Daryl, và tried to lớn kill Judith and the other Alexandrian kids. Michonne saved Judith by slaughtering the child assassins while heavily pregnant with her và Rick’s son. The whole event left her fiercely protective and suspicious of outsiders, explaining her attitude to the newcomers.

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During a fight with a group of Walkers, Jesus is killed by a Whisperer – a thành viên of Alpha’s gang who disguise themselves among the dead. To lớn find out more about the new enemy, Michonne and Daryl take a Whisperer hostag. She turns out lớn be teenager Lydia, the daughter of The Whisperers’ leader, who insists that Lydia only điện thoại tư vấn her Alpha và psychologically & physically abuses her daughter khổng lồ make her “stronger.” Henry & Lydia khung an immediate attachment and, when Lydia is returned to Alpha, Henry follows them & is almost killed but then rescued by Daryl & Connie.


In the meantime, Eugene tries to declare his love lớn Rosita, but she’s in love with Gabriel and pregnant by Siddiq following some no-strings fun, so they stay friends. Gabriel decides to stay with Rosita and help khổng lồ raise the baby. 

Lydia is granted asylum by the group leaders, and welcomed lớn the trade fair organized by Ezekiel as a symbol of cooperation between the various communities. The leaders all sign Michonne’s charter, which Ezekiel has kept safe all these years in the hope of reconciliation after their undisclosed major fallout. All is well & the communities celebrate their various trades and gather to lớn watch a film.

Meanwhile, Alpha infiltrates the fair disguised as a Hilltop woman and, one by one, draws off ten characters who are then bound và killed by her people, with their reanimated heads left on pikes signifying a border that the other groups are forbidden from crossing. The full danh mục of the dead is: Tara; Enid; Henry; Hilltop’s Addy, Rodnemy & Tammy-Rose; Ex-Saviors DJ and Frankie; và Highwaymen (a short-lived new group) Ozzy và Alek. Siddiq was captured too, but is left alive by Alpha so he can tell the others what happened. Instead of telling a story of defeat và fear though, he tells the crowd an inspiring tale of togetherness – that every thành viên of the kidnapped group fought until the very over to protect each other, even though many were strangers.

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Crushed by their loss, with the Kingdom in disrepair, Ezekiel’s group decamps to lớn Hilltop and leave its home behind forever. A snowstorm forces them to lớn cross Whisperer territory, no doubt causing problems with Alpha in the future. While they travel, back at Alexandria, Judith runs off in the snow to lớn look for Dog and almost freezes to lớn death but Negan – who has befriended her over the years of talking though his cell window – saves her life (and Dog’s too). He escaped from his cell earlier in the season but, finding the Sanctuary abandoned, decided khổng lồ return lớn Alexandria và try lớn win the group’s trust and become part of them. Michonne thanks him for saving Judith, whom he genuinely loves, và begins to thaw a little towards him.

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Unable to lớn cope with their combined grief over Henry’s death, Carol breaks up with Ezekiel and moves back khổng lồ Alexandria. In his grief, Ezekiel shows jealousy of Carol & Daryl’s close friendship.