Editor’s Note: This article features heavy spoilers for The Walking Dead TV series and comic books. Enter at your own risk…
The Walking Dead season 6 has come to an end after a bloody confrontation between Rick and the Alexandrians and Negan and the Saviors. If you need to do some catching up before season 7 arrives next Fall, check out our season 6 episode guide that includes links to all of our reviews, synopses, and much more!
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The Walking Dead Season 6 Episode Guide
Rick and the group are still having trouble assimilating into Alexandria. Will a new threat bring them closer together or drive them further apart?
Greg Nicotero directed the episode written by Scott M. Gimple and Matthew Negrete.
Original airdate: 10/11/15
Just when it looks like things can return to normal, or as normal as things can be in the apocalypse, a new problem arises for the Alexandrians.
Jennifer Lynch directed the episode written by Seth Hoffman.
Original airdate: 10/18/15
A return home doesn’t go as expected.
Michael Slovis directed the episode written by Angela Kang.
Original airdate: 10/25/15
A new face and setting are introduced. With all that’s gone on in the apocalypse, can people be trusted?
Stephen Williams directed the episode written by Scott M. Gimple.
Original airdate: 11/1/15
Trouble is inside and outside the gate.
Avi Youabian directed the episode written by Corey Reed.
Original airdate: 11/8/15
Getting back to Alexandria proves hard.
Jeffrey F. January directed the episode written by Heather Bellson.
Original airdate: 11/15/15
Things in Alexandria are quiet, briefly.
David Boyd directed the episode written by Channing Powell.
Original airdate: 11/22/15
Multiple problems crash together.
Michael E. Satrazemis directed the episode written by Matthew Negrete.
Original airdate: 11/29/15
With walkers inside the gates of Alexandria, Rick and the group are scared, outnumbered and things are only getting worse.
Greg Nicotero directed the episode written by Seth Hoffman.
Original airdate: 2/14/16
A simple scavenging run proves to be more tricky, when the survivors are not the only ones after a goldmine of supplies.
Kari Skogland directed the episode written by Angela Kang and Corey Reed.
Original airdate: 2/21/16
After Rick comes to the realization that Alexandria might not be as safe as he thought, decisions must be made about where to go from here.
Michael E. Satrazemis directed the episode written by Matthew Negrete and Channing Powell.
Original airdate: 2/28/16
Rick and the group realize the only way to maintain the peace of Alexandria is to fight a new enemy. This time, though, our group might be outmatched.
Greg Nicotero directed the episode written by Seth Hoffman.
Original airdate: 3/6/16
Rick and the group must deal with the aftermath of their actions. They decided to raid Negan’s compound and now, two of their close friends have been taken hostage.
Billy Gierhart directed the episode written by Angela Kang.
Original airdate: 3/13/16
Two different groups leave Alexandria on supply runs. While both are concerned with the future of the community, immediate danger will derail them.
Alrick Riley directed the episode written by Matthew Negrete.
Original airdate: 3/20/16
Alexandria is alerted after realizing someone is missing. Several search parties will venture out, but what they find isn’t what they’re hoping for.
Michael E. Satrazemis directed the episode written by Scott Gimple and Channing Powell.
Original airdate: 3/27/16
Rick and the group must go outside the walls to save one of their own. What they experience on the road will change their lives forever.
Greg Nicotero directed the episode written by Scott M. Gimple & Matthew Negrete.
Original airdate: 4/3/16
The Walking Dead Season 6 Trailer
A new Walking Dead season 6 teaser has arrived. It does look like things aren’t going to go very smoothly during Rick’s camouflaged escape from Alexandria. Will all of the survivors make it out alive? Probably not. The mysterious Negan is also mentioned in the teaser, although there isn’t new footage surrounding the character.
Here’s the teaser:
AMC is teasing the immediate repercussions of Rick’s latest zombie-infested catastrophe with this new promo:
While we’re at it, here’s another promo for the midseason return:
After the first half of season 6 came to a close, AMC teased just one more thing after the curtains closed on the episode…In a special prologue, we got our first mention of Negan, the next big bad of the series.
Check out the Negan prologue below:
During SDCC 2015, we received the first trailer for the sixth season of The Walking Dead, and it’s pretty much what you’d expect: the impending showdown between Rick and Morgan. Here is the trailer:
During the series premiere of Fear the Walking Dead, AMC released a new TV promo trailer for The Walking Dead season 6. It’s not much, but it’s also quite good, with emphasis on the dark side of the many characters that will inhabit Alexandria next season. At the forefront is the inevitable conflict between Rick and Morgan, which was showcased in the first full-length trailer at SDCC 2015.
Here is the trailer:
There’s a new bit of footage for season 6, featuring Sasha and Abraham, who are on the road and planning something pretty big. It looks like it’s a lead-up to one of the big action sequences from the first half of the season.
Check it out:
The Walking Dead Season 6 Cast
We’ve known for a while that Xander Berkeley (24) would be a part of The Walking Dead season 6, but his role on the show hadn’t been confirmed until now. TV Line reports that Berkeley will be playing Gregory, a character from Robert Kirkman’s comics, who Rick and friends encounter at the Hilltop Colony, another safe-zone in the vicinity of Alexandria.
We won’t spoil much of the character here, but it’s worth noting that you might not take too kindly to him, unless lying, cheating, dastardly villains are more your thing. Surely, he will be another obstacle in the characters’ ways when the show returns in February.
We’ll meet at least two other new characters in the second half of season 6. There’s Paul “Jesus” Monroe, played by Tom Payne (Luck), who we reckon will meet up with the Alexandrians fairly soon. And you’ve undoubtedly heard that we’ll get to see Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen) as Negan, a very big bad (arguably the biggest) from the comics, towards the end of the season.
THR is reporting that Jeffrey Dean Morgan has been cast as Negan, the iconic villain from The Walking Dead comics. Reports had previously come in that Garrett Dillahunt (Deadwood) would be playing the character. THR‘s sources say that Negan will first appear in the season 6 finale.
Negan is the psychotic leader of a group known as The Saviors, and the villain first appeared in issue #100. Scroll down to the “The Walking Dead Season 6 Predictions” section for more info on the character.
Robert Kirkman has also been talking Negan with EW and how much of a game-changer the character will be for Rick and friends:
As far as shake-ups go, we have lots of shake-ups from season to season. It keeps things interesting — keeps the blood pumping, I like to say — but Negan is kind of an atomic bomb that’s going to be dropped on the show and the show will probably never be the same after that. So buckle up, I guess?
Kirkman also described how Negan and his gang will be a different challenge for Rick:
When it comes to the Saviors, and Negan in particular, the way I’ve always thought about this in the comics is this is a group that’s led by a guy who’s had his morality dial a few clicks away from Rick toward the darker aspects of his personality, but is still an intellectual and capable leader who’s kept his group alive against all odds just as long as Rick has. It’s really the best encountering the best.
Deadline reports that Tom Payne (Luck) has been cast as Paul “Jesus” Monroe for The Walking Dead season 6. Paul is straight out of the comics, but we won’t spoil his character here. This news previously leaked last week with a set photo, but the actor playing the character was not revealed at the time.
Robert Kirkman, Walking Dead creator, had a few things to say about Paul “Jesus” Monroe. Kirkman told EW:
Jesus is just such a fun character to write in the comics. At this point in the life of the series, my thought is the apocalypse has been going on for so long, the people you encounter in your day-to-day life have to be extremely skilled. And they’ve been surviving for a reason, whether they were at a place like Alexandria that’s very safe, or they’re a great leader of their group and somewhat sadistic but in control of their group like Negan, or someone who’s an absolute, complete badass like Jesus.
He’s smart, quick, very athletic. He’s kinda been surviving on his feet. He’s going to be bringing a lot to the show. There’s some cool stuff coming with him.
EW has some new details on some of the characters being introduced in The Walking Dead season 6. The first trailer (scroll down) for the new season teased several new characters, including one played by Ethan Embry (Empire Records). Showrunner Scott Gimple shared new details on Carter, Embry’s character:
“Ethan plays a combo of a few characters that we actually haven’t hit yet or weren’t able to hit in other characters. He is an Alexandrian, and has been there the whole time, just quite busy.”
Interestingly enough, Carter is technically a character from the comic books who was mentioned as one of the many Alexandrians who helped build the wall. Not much else is known about the character.
We also knew Nurse Jackie‘s Merritt Wever had been cast as an Alexandrian, and EW has the details on her, too. She’s playing Dr. Denise Cloyd, who plays a major role in the books as a medic and surgeon.
Finally, Corey Hawkins was the first new cast member for season 6 and it was revealed months ago that he’s playing Heath. Here’s what Gimple has to say about the actor:
“[Corey’s] terrific and I’m so excited to see him bring Heath to life. It’s been fun and he dove in with both feet. He’s tough and skeptical when the cameras are rolling, and then when they’re off he’s just like a goofy fan. He’s really, really excited to be there.”
The Walking Dead Season 6 Spoilers
This article contains HUGE spoilers for The Walking Dead season 6 and the on-going comic book series.
The Walking Dead season 6 will begin its final lap in these last few episodes, as Rick and the Alexandrians prepare to face off against a new threat, Negan and the Saviors, who are terrorizing and extorting other settlements for supplies. Rick has decided to take the mysterious villain out before he can do Alexandria any harm. With the help of a new ally, Jesus, Rick and his people will take the fight to the Saviors.
Scott Gimple has been pretty faithful to the Kirkman comics since taking over as showrunner, and I don’t see any sign of that stopping, especially with the latest casting news. So I’ve written up a roadmap for what’s to come in the bottom half of season 6 based on the comics.
First off, for those looking to catch up on the comic books before diving in – or maybe if you want to read along with the show – these are the comic book arcs and issues that will most likely be adapted in the last eight episodes: “No Way Out” (#79-84), “We Find Ourselves” (#85-90), “A Larger World” (#91-96), and “Something to Fear” (#97-102). Yes, the casting of Paul “Jesus” Monroe, Gregory, and Negan is a pretty good indicator that there will be a lot of road covered (or at least alluded to) in the next few weeks, especially when we know for a fact that all three characters will appear this season.
Second, I have to warn you again that the rest of this article contains MAJOR SPOILERS for both The Walking Dead TV show and the comic books. So, after this picture of our spoiler walker, you’re on your own:
No Way Out
Based on what we’ve seen in the trailers for the midseason premiere – 6×09 “No Way Out” – the episode will pick up right where we left off: Rick, Jessie, Sam, Ron, Carl, and Michonne are trying to sneak out of Alexandria in their zombie guts costumes. We can hear Sam calling his mom at the end of the midseason finale, which leads me to believe that Jessie and her kids will pretty much suffer the same fate as in the comics. Basically, the Anderson family becomes a walker buffet:
If Greg Nicotero and Seth Hoffman, who are directing and writing “No Way Out” respectively, are feeling extra brutal, they’ll even reproduce the moment where Rick is forced to chop Jessie’s hand off with an ax in order to free Carl, who’s been holding her hand the entire time. The chances of this particular scene happening are pretty good, too, especially since this teaser image for the midseason premiere was released a few weeks back:
You can probably argue that’s Morgan’s hand on the right, and you’d probably be correct, but I think this is just more attempts at AMC to mislead the viewers. After all, remember when the season 6 trailer teased a confrontation between Morgan and Rick last summer? Not buying it. Speaking of which, Morgan dies in issue #83 after being bit during the walker attack in Alexandria. No reason he couldn’t suffer the same fate on the show…except that Gimple went to a lot of trouble (and teasing) to put him back on the show in the first place. The midseason premiere would probably be too soon to kill off the character.
Anyway, with Rick, Carl, and Michonne freed of the dead weight (haha), there’s still one thing that’s a little fuzzy: what’s going to happen to Carl in this episode?! I talked a little bit about this in my last spoiler-filled preview, specifically whether Carl would lose an eye or not by the midseason finale. I predicted that, yes, we’d see one-eyed Carl make his debut in that episode, and that Deanna (Douglas in the comics) would be the one to accidentally shoot him while she was being mauled by walkers. This did not happen. Deanna got a different, more merciful kind of death…which is fine. But that still leaves the question of whether we’ll see this at all:
This would certainly spice up Carl’s storyline a bit. He doesn’t ever really get much to do on the show, so blowing his right eye off and giving him an eye patch might be just the ticket. But who’s going to shoot the dude? With Deanna gone, Gimple has to get a bit creative with this, doesn’t he? My guess is that Ron will get another shot at Carl, especially after he tried the same thing in the midseason finale…God, I just want that miserable kid to get eaten already.
So, I don’t blame you for wanting to know more about Daryl, Abraham, and Sasha’s confrontation with the Saviors. We’ll certainly see that play out in the same episode as the above, but I can’t quite confidently tell you how it’s gonna go based on the comics. Gimple is taking a bit of a shortcut here, introducing the Saviors a bit earlier than they appear in Kirkman’s stuff. And I kind of like that since the material between “No Way Out” and “A Larger World” is kind of boring. (Not to mention that the main portion of “We Find Ourselves” played out with the Carter storyline in the season 6 premiere last October.)
What we’ll most likely see between Daryl, Abraham, Sasha, and the Saviors is a similar scene out of issue #97, the first part of “Something to Fear.” In that issue, Rick, Michonne, Andrea (still alive), Glenn, and Carl are stopped by the Saviors on the road back to the Alexandria Safe-Zone from the Hilltop Colony (we’ll get to this in a minute).
In this scene, the Saviors tell Rick and friends that they have to give up their stuff as a tribute to Negan, their leader. When Rick refuses…things get ugly. Basically, our heroes murder the shit out of these bikers, leaving one guy alive to run back to Negan and deliver a message: Leave us alone. Rick hopes that this will convince the villain (who no one has met yet) to leave Alexandra and Hilltop Colony alone. He is SO wrong.
Expect Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham to pull the upset, even if they are grossly outnumbered. Besides, AMC will never kill off the man with the golden crossbow.
We Find Ourselves
I left Carl in the lurch, didn’t I? Some brief notes about Alexandria before we move on to Hilltop Colony and Paul “Jesus” Monroe:
Carl survives his latest shitty situation – this kid only seems to be around to get shot – thanks to Denise, who’s been taken captive on the show by Wolfie (the Wolves Leader). She isn’t kidnapped in the comics, and I don’t expect her to really be escorted off to Wolf Land, either. If Carl does get shot, she’s the one who saves him, especially since she’s the only doctor left on the show. I don’t think AMC is ready to kill off Carl yet.
Rick’s son spends some time in a coma, which allows our protagonist to reflect on his decisions thus far. He realizes that Alexandria can have a future, especially after all of the people left in the Safe-Zone band together to slaughter the walker horde. (For real, the Alexandrians show what they’re made of at the end of “No Way Out.”) This allows Rick to have hope in the future, that he can truly help build the new world in Alexandria. Basically, Rick decides to finally be a leader.
Like I said, “We Find Ourselves” slows things down a bit, focusing on character development we’ve seen on the show already. One thing we’ll probably see in the episodes following the midseason premiere is Rick’s plan to rebuild the Safe-Zone, making the walls stronger and increasing security. The Alexandrians will also warm to Rick’s leadership. Carter’s too dead to spark a coup at this point. (It was Nicholas in the comics, who is also quite dead.)
A Larger World
Time to move on to “A Larger World,” which I suspect will get the most play in the bottom half of the season. As the title suggests, the Alexandrians discover they’re not the only survivor settlement in the Washington area. A big part of that discovery is due to Paul “Jesus” Monroe’s first appearance in the comics – that’s issue #91, by the way. Paul will be played by Tom Payne (Luck) on the show.
Nicknamed “Jesus” due to his long hair and beard, Paul is a recruiter for the Hilltop Colony, which is about twenty miles away from Alexandria. The character is first introduced to readers as a mysterious dude watching the Safe-Zone from afar with binoculars. It’s a pretty creepy intro, and things only get more uncomfortable after he reveals himself to Michonne and Abraham, who he is forced to subdue (quite easily, in fact) when they don’t take too kindly to him. Paul takes Abraham hostage and tells Michonne to set up a meeting with Rick.
A lot of this plays out like Aaron’s introduction in season 5. Rick doesn’t trust this new stranger, knocks him out, and ties him up. Paul is held captive in Alexandria for a while, but manages to convince Rick that he is just there to negotiate trading between the two settlements. I wonder if Gimple will want to go down this familiar path again, especially since we just saw a similar situation play out last year. My guess is that he probably will, since this will keep tensions high for an episode or two while the show tells more character-focused stories.
I think that by the final couple of episodes of the season, the group will be split up again, too. In the comics, Rick, Michonne, Glenn, Andrea, and Carl (he sneakily tags along for the ride) decide to take Paul back to the Hilltop and scout the place out for possible enemies. Rick fears that this could just be another Woodbury/Terminus situation in the making. Of course, sending these guys off to Hilltop allows for Alexandria to be attacked again…Gimple’s introduction of the Saviors so early on will probably pay off around this point.
Rick and the group arrive at the Hilltop in issue #94, and it’s a seemingly peaceful place. There aren’t even any weapons. Which is why Negan and the Saviors are able to harass them whenever they want. I’d say we won’t see the Hilltop until a couple episodes into the second half of the season (much like Alexandria’s introduction last year).
So let’s look at how this might all pan out…
Something to Fear
We will likely be introduced to Gregory, the leader of the Hilltop Colony, but probably won’t learn too much about him beyond the fact that he’s played by Xander Berkeley (24). So we won’t get into him too heavily here. He’ll be a regular next season, plenty of time to spill the beans on Gregory then. It’s worth noting that Gregory’s introduction in issue #95 (this is still technically “A Larger World”) is a bit hectic, since Negan tries to have him assassinated by another member of the Hilltop Colony. For better or worse, (it gets a lot worse) Gregory survives, though.
The stuff at the Hilltop will probably run parallel to Negan’s debut on the show. Which means we have to jump ahead here a bit in terms of “Something to Fear,” since the group’s first confrontation with the Saviors on the show happens in the midseason premiere. We’re looking specifically at issues #98-100.
We know Negan, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen), will appear in the tail end of the season, and a leaked video from The Walking Dead set late last year reveals that his iconic moment from issue #100 has already been filmed. This confirms we’ll get at least ONE big death by the end of the season.
There are two major deaths in “Something to Fear.” The first is Abraham, who is out beyond the walls of the Safe-Zone with Eugene when he is suddenly shot through the head with an arrow by the Saviors:
Abraham isn’t killed by Negan, but by another Savior named Dwight, who has grisly scars due to the fact that Negan once ironed his face…Anyway, we’ll probably learn more about Dwight in season 7, too.
Our last moments with season 6 will probably be spent meeting Negan’s best friend Lucille, a baseball bat covered in barbed wire, which he used in issue #100 to randomly kill…Glenn…in one of the most gruesome scenes ever portrayed in the comics:
THE DUDE’S EYEBALL POPS OUT OF ITS SOCKET IN A LATER PANEL. Oh, and by the way, this is Negan’s introduction in the comics. Negan and the Saviors ambush Rick, Carl, Glenn, Maggie, Sophia (still alive), Michonne, and Heath on a second trip to the Hilltop. The psychotic leader demands retribution for the Saviors Rick (or in the show’s case, Daryl) killed on the road. Glenn pays the ultimate price.
The way I see it, the show will condense this stuff a bit. For one thing, we’ll probably only see one trip to the Hilltop. And then Rick and friends will probably be ambushed on their way back from the Hilltop, while Alexandria is also being attacked by another group of Negan’s men. The question is whether Gimple will effectively kill off two main characters in the season finale. (Abraham’s death could ideally happen in the penultimate episode – right at the end – but he’s probably too big of a character to kill off in anything other than the finale…) I’d be overjoyed if we got two “holy shit” moments, especially after the stunt the show pulled with Glenn in the first half of the season. That actually brings me to another point:
These guys can’t POSSIBLY kill off Glenn this season. Because that would be too much bullshit to handle from one character arc. So I’d say Gimple will cut some corners here, keeping things to one death on the show, and sacrificing Abraham in Glenn’s stead. Skip the arrow to the head and go straight for the bat. That said, someone else could take Glenn’s place in the finale…
Fan theories include Morgan (I could totally see that, since he’s supposed to be dead by this point, anyway) and Daryl, who is constantly on the chopping block in your darkest nightmares. But you know better than that.
Either way, we’ll get one big death by season’s end if Gimple sticks to the comics. And he totally will.
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The Walking Dead Season 6 Photos
New photos for the second half of season 6 are making the rounds, one of which teases a particularly gruesome moment from the comics (we won’t spoil it here). The other picks up where that Negan prologue left off, as Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham ran into the villain’s gang on the road to Alexandria.
Here are the pictures:
There’s also a new poster:
People has a new image for season 6. It teases Norman Reedus’ Daryl Dixon, who is busy wiping blood off his hands. What kind of trouble is everyone’s favorite zombie apocalypse survivor going to get into this season?
Check out the image:
There are also two other images making the rounds for season 6 that tease the rivalry between Rick and Morgan:
While the first trailer for season 6 offered plenty of blood and guts on its own, we never mind seeing some new zombie footage. And take our word for it, the zombies this season are just plain gross. But more importantly, super creative.
Check out these new zombie photos:
The promos are slowly trickling in for The Walking Dead season 6. Today, we get our first look at Rick at the corner of Marshall and Redding, presumably somewhere close to Alexandria. He seems deep in thought. Maybe considering where to go next?
Some new images from The Walking Dead season 6 have surfaced, courtesy of Fox.
Then comes her paramour Glenn Rhee, sporting a few cuts and bruises and the beginnings of a Daryl-alike badass goatee/moustache combo, with his own weapon raised.
Finally, the macho icing on this particular cake is Daryl Dixon, whose leather vest, crossbow, layered hairdo and attitude of general misgivings all seem to be intact.
In advance of San Diego Comic-Con, AMC has released a new poster for The Walking Dead season 6. As you might expect, it focuses on the main characters. Check it out here:
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