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Old 03-24-19, 09:16 PM
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The Walking Dead (S9E15) -- "The Calm Before" -- 3/24/19






On the all-new episode, "The Calm Before," the fair at the Kingdom is underway, with all four communities coming together in celebration for the first time in years, while some pacts are renewed, other deals will come at a much steeper price. The episode is written by Geraldine Inoa and Channing Powell and directed by Laura Belsey.

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Old 03-24-19, 09:26 PM
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Re: The Walking Dead (S9E15) -- "The Calm Before" -- 3/24/19

Strong episode tonight. Felt bad for them killing Tara and Enid but man I fucking cheered when they showed Henry's head. That fucker shouldn't have been in the show at all. What a waste of a character.
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^Pretty much my thoughts.

My other thought was, now they know they're all in that canyon, it'd be good to attack them with some sort of napalm.
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Oh well, a bunch of B level characters bit it. So happy that Henry is gone. They never should have killed off Carl.
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Why is Scott Gimple still involved in this show at all?
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Re: The Walking Dead (S9E15) -- "The Calm Before" -- 3/24/19

When they introduced the couple at the beginning of the episode, I knew it was simply because they couldn't spare any more A or even B tier characters to die
And then BLAMO! at the end.

It was actually a good and somewhat suspenseful episode - such a rarity.

I never watched Game of Thrones, but that reveal seemed to have a GOT vibe to it - both in amount of character deaths and heads on sticks seems like the kind of thing that show would do.

Sure, the characters aren't exactly upper tier - but Enid and Tara have been around a while (50 and 87 episodes respectively), and to a lesser extent Henry.
There just aren't many familiar characters left. If you were in more than 10 episodes of this show, you're a veteran now.
If Rick and/or Maggie come back, they're going to recognize like 4 people at this pace.

Pool Carol - lost another kid.

I wonder if the doctor's gonna feel survivor's remorse. Carl died saving him, and now everyone around him dies but him - including Carl's replacement.

Just how far away were they from the pit with the thousands of walkers? Because they'd have to be far away not to hear them.
I loved how we couldn't hear them until Daryl was about 10 yards away from the edge of the pit.

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Re: The Walking Dead (S9E15) -- "The Calm Before" -- 3/24/19

Holy fuck.
I wasn’t expecting a Red Wedding tonight, but ok.
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Re: The Walking Dead (S9E15) -- "The Calm Before" -- 3/24/19

I don't reads the comics, but read somewhere that in the comics it's the King, Rosita, Father Gabe, & other characters I cant recall who were killed this way.
The Whisperers did this just to mark their territory?
Couldn't they just say "Hey, this is our territory, don't come into our territory & there won't be any problems."
Wasn't all the heads on sticks a little extreme?
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Re: The Walking Dead (S9E15) -- "The Calm Before" -- 3/24/19

Was watching it on my DVR and the recording cut off a half hour early ... came here to ask if anybody else had that problem and ... DAMN! I never thought I would be the guy to bitch about spoiler tags, but wow.

Rebrodcast is on now. I donít want to stay up till 1am to catch the end, but I also donít want to wait till tomorrow now.
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Re: The Walking Dead (S9E15) -- "The Calm Before" -- 3/24/19

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The Whisperers did this just to mark their territory?
Couldn't they just say "Hey, this is our territory, don't come into our territory & there won't be any problems."
Wasn't all the heads on sticks a little extreme?
You may not be aware, but the Whisperers aren't nice people.
It's partially revenge and partially a message/warning.
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I could not be more delighted with the characters they chose to kill off. We were calling out the names of the characters each of us wanted dead and I am pretty sure I was the only one that went two-for-two.
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Re: The Walking Dead (S9E15) -- "The Calm Before" -- 3/24/19

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Just how far away were they from the pit with the thousands of walkers? Because they'd have to be far away not to hear them.
I loved how we couldn't hear them until Daryl was about 10 yards away from the edge of the pit.
Set fire to a nearby copse of trees and sip your favorite beverage while watching the horde stumble into the flames, except of course for those that are Whisperers who you then easily identify and pick off.

Sure, it is possible a few Whisperers will escape and if they are particularly enamored with stupid and futile gestures they may spend another year or so gathering up another horde and you may have to do it again. But after three or four such cycles I'm pretty sure even the densest Whisperer will start finding other ways to waste their time.
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Re: The Walking Dead (S9E15) -- "The Calm Before" -- 3/24/19

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Was watching it on my DVR and the recording cut off a half hour early ... came here to ask if anybody else had that problem and ... DAMN! I never thought I would be the guy to bitch about spoiler tags, but wow.

Rebrodcast is on now. I donít want to stay up till 1am to catch the end, but I also donít want to wait till tomorrow now.
I read this happened to a lot of people. What horrible timing for it to mess up whatís probably the best episode in years.
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Re: The Walking Dead (S9E15) -- "The Calm Before" -- 3/24/19

Originally Posted by Abob Teff View Post
Was watching it on my DVR and the recording cut off a half hour early ... came here to ask if anybody else had that problem and ... DAMN! I never thought I would be the guy to bitch about spoiler tags, but wow.

Rebrodcast is on now. I donít want to stay up till 1am to catch the end, but I also donít want to wait till tomorrow now.
Same here. They had the first showing scheduled for an hour and the repeat at an hour and 25 minutes. I dvr'ed that showing to finish today.
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Re: The Walking Dead (S9E15) -- "The Calm Before" -- 3/24/19

Well that was unexpected. Would've been nice if they showed how one woman managed to take that many people unnoticed though.
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Re: The Walking Dead (S9E15) -- "The Calm Before" -- 3/24/19

So with Tara gone, we're down to six remaining pre-Alexandria characters unless Maggie, Rick, or Morgan return at some point: Daryl, Carol, Michonne, Rosita, Eugene, and Gabriel. Aaron could be included I suppose if you count any time before they actually get to Alexandria.
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Well that was unexpected. Would've been nice if they showed how one woman managed to take that many people unnoticed though.
Indeed. I would expect she had help, waiting, but still... That's a lot of people to secretly take out.
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Re: The Walking Dead (S9E15) -- "The Calm Before" -- 3/24/19

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I don't reads the comics, but read somewhere that in the comics it's the King, Rosita, Father Gabe, & other characters I cant recall who were killed this way.
Kind of, yeah...

Spoiler:

In the comics it was mostly a bunch of bit players, but the big ones were Luke (musician from Magdaís group), Rosita, and Ezekiel. Gabriel wasnít one of them, though. They sort of did a fakeout in the comics where you just see Rickís reaction and some dreadlocks, so you think the last reveal is Michonne, but the next page reveals Ezekiel.







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Re: The Walking Dead (S9E15) -- "The Calm Before" -- 3/24/19

Speaking of the comics, I wonder if they’ll go in this direction... where a new power couple emerges...

Spoiler:
Cover to #156.

some might think this is a doozy...

Spoiler:






The previews were kind of vague, but that whole journey north of the wall wasn’t in the comics, so I don’t know where they’re going with any of this. Eugene has the radio, though, so it looks like something might be happening with that next season.

I think the final scene of the season should probably be “Wait until Rick gets a look at you.” (Well, it won’t be Rick, I guess...)


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Re: The Walking Dead (S9E15) -- "The Calm Before" -- 3/24/19

Haha, they sure were teasing comic readers with Ezekiel. Looking back, I should've guessed he was safe. (I swear he even made a joke about coming out ahead.)

I suppose Alpha and Beta had contingency plans, but I feel like the character of Daryl would've easily disarmed Alpha, or just tackled her into the pit.

Who the heck leads Hilltop now. Sure wish they could've made Jesus happy.
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Originally Posted by Josh-da-man View Post
Speaking of the comics, I wonder if theyíll go in this direction... where a new power couple emerges...


I didn't see the preview for next week, and was guessing they might tease this for the finale.
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Who the heck leads Hilltop now. Sure wish they could've made Jesus happy.
Hell, who is even at Hilltop now that we actually know? Alden? The newbies?
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Re: The Walking Dead (S9E15) -- "The Calm Before" -- 3/24/19

Ugh...Direct TV cut the ending off. But now I know what happened.
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Re: The Walking Dead (S9E15) -- "The Calm Before" -- 3/24/19

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Hell, who is even at Hilltop now that we actually know? Alden? The newbies?
I wonder if, in season ten, they wonít consolidate all of the characters into a single community. You can get away with having multiple communities in the comics, but the metrics of tv make it difficult to sustain a handful of lead characters spread out geographically. So everyone will move to whichever place doesnít get ransacked by the giant Whisperer herd.

If Danai leaves, there isnít anyone left in Alexandria to lead, save for Aaron or Negan, and thereís nobody left at Hilltop. Thereís just Ezekiel and Carol.
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Re: The Walking Dead (S9E15) -- "The Calm Before" -- 3/24/19

Originally Posted by Josh-da-man View Post
Speaking of the comics, I wonder if theyíll go in this direction... where a new power couple emerges...
Who is that? I recognize one, not the other. (I stopped reading TWD comics after the second Compendium)
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