- "This was our home. My mother and my grandmother found this place for the group. There were so many of us then... Men and women... Kids. My mom and I built a garden, me and my brother used to play right there. But then the Saviors came. And Simon wanted what we had. He gave us our final warning. Afterward, we ran and we tried to forget. But then, your people came and asked us to fight. We did because we couldn't forget. After Rick ended it... We went along because we didn't think we had a choice. Until you hung Gregory. That's when we knew. Rick's rules aren't the only rules. You showed us the way. It was time."
- —Cyndie explaining to Maggie her reason for killing the Saviors.[src]
Cyndie is a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's The Walking Dead. She is a resident and current leader of Oceanside. Cyndie is the granddaughter of Natania and the last known surviving member of her family. She was also one of the four co-leaders of the Militia along with Rick Grimes, Maggie Rhee, and Ezekiel before its disbanding.
Nothing is known about Cyndie's life prior to or as the outbreak began, except that she may have lived in or near Washington, D.C., and that she had a mother, brother, and was close with her grandmother. At one point, she attended the county fair where she once fought with her brother on a canoe ride.
Cyndie, her mother, younger brother, and grandmother managed to survive the initial stages of the zombie outbreak and eventually formed a community of survivors situated at Hollowbranch where they enjoyed a peaceful existence. Unfortunately, Cyndie and her people would be eventually discovered by the Saviors and forced to provide supplies for them under threat of attack. Under her grandmother's orders, she and her group initiated a rebellion against the Saviors, however, they were overwhelmed and defeated and suffered many casualties with her mother being among them. As punishment for their defiance and to deter any further resistance, Simon, Negan's ruthless and sadistic second-in-command had his group murder every male survivor above the age of 10. Despite her pleas, Cyndie's 11 year old brother was personally and sadistically murdered by a Savior named Arat, earning Cyndie's hatred.
Unwilling to continue working for the Saviors, Cyndie, her grandmother, and their group, consisting largely of females fled Hollowbranch and relocated to Oceanside Cabin Motor Court where they established a new community away from the Saviors. In order to prevent the Saviors from ever finding them again, any outsider who stumbled upon Oceanside was to be killed on Natania's orders without hesitation to maintain the secrecy of their new home.
Cyndie and Rachel Ward are walking the shorelines and come across a washed up woman. Rachel insists on following protocol and killing the woman, but Cyndie refuses and tells Rachel not to tell the others. Cyndie drags Tara's body to the shade and leaves her with food and water.
After Tara is discovered by the Oceansiders and Rachel holds her at gunpoint, Cyndie abruptly stops her. Suddenly, her grandmother emerges and orders her granddaughter to stand down. Cyndie pleads with her grandmother and the others to let Tara live, until they eventually agree.
Cyndie joins Natania, Tara, and the others at dinner later that night where they engage in conversation about their backgrounds. The next day, Tara leaves the settlement with Kathy and Beatrice to venture for Alexandria.
In the woods, Tara catches on to the the Oceansiders real motive, and finds out that Kathy and Beatrice planned to execute her. After Tara makes a run for it, Beatrice catchers her and holds her at gunpoint, but before she can pull the trigger, Cyndie tackles Beatrice to the ground and yells at Tara to run.
Cyndie catches up with Tara and makes her swear to keep their settlement a secret, to which Tara agrees. Cyndie gives Tara a backpack with food and water, and offers to take her to the bridge where she last saw Heath. Cyndie accompanies Tara to the bridge and refuses to leave until Tara safely crosses. As Tara makes her way across, a herd of walkers emerges from behind a tarp. Cyndie shoots them down from the top of a car. After being unable to find any trace of Heath, Tara watches as Cyndie is found and taken back to Oceanside by Kathy and Beatrice.
Cyndie enters Natania’s home and suddenly Tara calls her out, as she holds her and Natania at gunpoint. She is angry and hurt that Tara broke her promise, but she says she had no choice and explains that her group is taking their guns in order to fight The Saviors. She begs them to talk to Rick Grimes, her leader, and join their resistance. But Natania refuses. Meanwhile Rick and the other Alexandrians set off the explosives near the Oceanside walls. Natania feigns an injury, distracting Tara, and giving Cyndie enough time to grab a hidden gun. Tara turns her gun towards Cyndie, and is tackled by Natania. As Cyndie holds her at gunpoint, Tara reveals that her own gun was never loaded. Natania asks for Cyndie's gun and she reluctantly complies.
As the other Oceansiders are taken captive outside by Rick and his group, Natania appears, holding Tara at gunpoint. Cyndie tells her people that Rick’s group wants to fight the Saviors. Beatrice suggests they join the fight but Natania refuses to lose more people to the Saviors. But then Michonne warns Rick that walkers are approaching. Cyndie knocks Natania out before she can shoot Tara. Enid, who was standing behind Natania, gun aimed and ready to shoot, stares in shock.
Rick’s group and the Oceansiders organize a combined defense that allows them to efficiently kill the walkers. Beatrice shakes hands with Rick. Natania angrily concedes, allowing Rick’s group to take their guns; but she remains adamant against fighting.
Cyndie informs Tara that she wants to fight with her, but Natania has forbidden her community to fight the Saviors. She thanks Tara for what her group is doing.
Cyndie is among the group of Oceansiders to inspect the truck brought to the community's outskirts by Aaron and Enid. When Cyndie finds Natania's body after she is shot in the head by Enid, she begins to mourn her grandmother's death.
Cyndie and the Oceanside community handcuffed Enid and Aaron in Natania's house was her family. The Oceansiders decide to leave the decision on what to do with the two Alexandrians to Cyndie, seeing as Natania was her family. Cyndie, after some convincing from Enid, decides to let them live.
Taking them to the forest, Cyndie refuses to join the fight, feeling that what they've already contributed was enough. She gives a warning for them to never return to the community. Enid briefly confronts Cyndie about their community's killing of newcomers, but only gives her the same warning as she leaves with the Oceansiders.
Cyndie and her crew find Aaron in the woods near Oceanside. He kills a walker that’s stalking Cyndie and her group and collapses on the ground from the effort. Cyndie decides that it's not her problem if Aaron wants to starve, and they leave him to die.
Later, Cyndie and the residents find an exhausted Aaron, begging them to join the fight against the Saviors as they would otherwise continue to be fearful of the outside world.
Cyndie, alongside Kathy, Rachel, and a group of Oceansiders are seen led by Aaron throwing Molotov cocktails at Saviors coming to ambush the Militia at Hilltop and most likely helped rebuild the communities.
Cyndie and the group go to the Smithsonian in Washington D.C, to search for a covered wagon and farming equipment. Inside, Rick tells everyone to be safe and the group separates.
By the stairs, Cyndie sees an old canoe and remembers an experience with her brother. Daryl relates to her and the two of them lift the canoe.
Shortly after, the whole group reunites and gingerly uses ropes to drag an old covered wagon down the stairs and over the glass floor. The glass finally gives way and Ezekiel falls through it, dangling by the rope. Before the walkers can bite him, Daryl shoots at one and Rick and the others finally pull him to safety. Carol joyfully kisses him to celebrate.
The group leaves D.C. and prepare to head back to their own communities.
On the road, Daryl and Rosita catch up with everyone to inform them that the main bridge is out due to a storm. Rick tells Tara, Gabriel, Aaron and Anne to head back to Alexandria and the rest will go to an alternate route and spend the night at the Sanctuary.
In the woods, the wagon gets caught in the mud as walkers appear from the bushes. It finally budges and everyone rushes to gather the supplies until the walkers overwhelm them and they’re forced to leave. Ken runs back to free his horses but is bitten in the arm by a walker and then kicked in the ribs by the horse.
Siddiq and Enid try to save him but Ken succumbs to blood loss and dies from his injuries. A saddened Maggie sobs by his side before putting him down.
At night, in Hilltop, a saddened Cyndie attends Ken’s funeral. Later, as Maggie is being attacked by a hooded stranger, Cyndie and Alden grab the assailant and Maggie rips off his hood to reveal a drunken Earl.
The next day, at night, the residents, including Cyndie, gather around the gallows as Maggie explains to her people that the punishment fits the crime. She looks on at Gregory, who has a noose around his neck and is sitting on a horse. Gregory pleads for someone to stop this, but no one moves. A couple of kids show up and Michonne yells for Maggie to stop but it’s too late as Daryl smacks the horse and it rides off, leaving Gregory to hang to death to everyone's shock.
Maggie tells her people that she wants this to be the last time they do something like this and then orders Daryl to cut off the noose.
In the camp's infirmary, Enid stitches Cyndie's hand as Siddiq watches.
When the herd arrive at the labor site and a commotion ensues, Cyndie arrives with Rick and the others to help.
In the camp, at night, as everyone laughs and talks, Cyndie is seen sharing with others.
At the camp, the Saviors are furious with the news of Justin's death. Alden promises they'll get to the bottom of it but is punched in the face by Jed, who claims he isn't one of them anymore. Carol steps in with her gun at her hip, stopping Jed.
Cyndie draws her gun along with the crowd as the Saviors start accusing Daryl and Anne of being the culprits. They grab axes to retaliate when Rick rides in the middle of the group with his gun drawn and warns everyone to back off.
Later, in the woods, Cyndie and Maggie head to an abandoned house, which she claims to lived there before Oceanside, with a noisy roof which has attracted a small group of walkers. Maggie distracts them as Cyndie investigates. Another group of walkers breaks out of the barred-up front door and Maggie runs over to kill them. Cyndie nearly gets bit until Rick, Daryl and Rosita arrive to save her.
They check on Beatrice over the walkie, but receive no response, so they try to find her and locate her unconscious in the woods. When she wakes up, she tells them she was attacked from behind and that Arat is missing.
Later, Cyndie listens as Rick implores his team to find Arat before the Saviors find out and leave, delaying the bridge construction.
At night, Cyndie and the Oceanside women hold Arat hostage at Hollowbranch, and forces her to beg with a gun to her head. Daryl and Maggie discover them and Cyndie emotionally reveals that this was their former settlement and recalls how Simon and the Saviors wiped out her people. Justin killed Beatrice's husband while Arat killed Cyndie's brother without mercy.
Cyndie says that they went along with Rick’s rules because they thought they had to, until Maggie executed Gregory, "showing them the way". Since that moment, they have been killing the Saviors responsible for wiping out Oceanside.
Arat starts crying and pleads for her life, claiming she had no choice and Simon would have killed her, but Cyndie reminds her how she smiled when she killed her brother. She demands that Arat remind her what she said. "No exceptions," Arat tells them. Maggie and Daryl instantly remember Glenn's death and walk away, leaving Arat to die as Cyndie stabs her through the back of the head with a spear.
On the bridge, as Rick limps away before collapsing, he hallucinates as Cyndie and the others rush past him to kill the walkers. Michonne stops and sees Rick’s wound. She reminds him she fell in love with him because he’s a fighter. After killing the walkers, everyone stops to watch them. Michonne tells Rick how much she loves him and he tells her, “This isn’t real.” Michonne tells him to wake up and he does, now alone on the bridge.
The walkers approach as Rick hobbles away. He makes it across the bridge and turns around hoping to see the walkers fall through, to no avail. A walker makes its way inches away from Rick before getting shot in the head by a crossbow bolt. Rick watches as Cyndie and the rest arrive nearby.
Maggie and Michonne hatch a plan to divert the walkers but Rick won’t allow it. He notices the dynamite on the bridge, takes aim, and says to himself “I found them,” before shooting and igniting the dynamite. The bridge ignites and explodes as Cyndie and the rest can only watch in horror, assuming Rick to be dead.
Cyndie will appear in this episode.
This list shows the victims Cyndie has killed:
- At least 18 unnamed Saviors (Alongside her fellow Oceansiders)
- Numerous counts of zombies and unnamed people
- The casting call for this character used the name Jennie.
- Cyndie is described as "a sunny-side-up kinda teenager - kind, with a world-weary toughness."
- Cyndie was the youngest community leader in the TV series, only being in her late teens. She has now been surpassed by Rachel Ward as the youngest community leader in the TV series.
- Sydney Park was unable to film for the episode "The Calm Before" due to scheduling.
- As of "The Calm Before" Cyndie is one of nine characters introduced in Season 7 that are confirmed to be alive, the others being Ezekiel, Jerry, Dianne, Laura, Rachel Ward, Quan, Nabila, and Oscar.
- ↑ The Walking Dead season 7: 2 new characters revealed - undeadwalking.com (June 27, 2016)