Season 9 of AMC's The Walking Dead consists of sixteen episodes; it premiered on October 7, 2018 and concluded on March 31, 2019. On January 13, 2018, AMC announced the show was renewed for a ninth season with Angela Kang replacing Scott Gimple as showrunner.[1]

This season adapts material from Issues #127-144 of the Comic Series.

Plot

"A New Beginning"

A year and a half has passed since the end of the War. While on a supply run for the communities, one of Maggie’s people is killed by a Walker and the parents of the teen, Earl and Tammy Rose, are furious that he died for nothing as half of what they got goes to the Saviors. Gregory seizes and opportunity to use the father to kill Maggie and take over but fails. Rick arrives and he and Maggie conflict over how to handle the Saviors. She refuses to help them while Rick is trying to assist them despite Daryl stepping down a leader and the group still yearning for Negan’s leadership. That night, Maggie hangs Gregory publicly with the intent to not let it happen again.

"The Bridge"

A month after Gregory’s death, the communities attempt to rebuild a bridge for better and faster passage to each other. Saviors who are on the construction crew begin to go missing and tension begins to grow. Things hit a boiling point when Aaron loses his arm in an accident due Justin, a Savior causing trouble, fails to sound an alarm. Justin is removed off the project but is abducted by an unknown group while on his way to the Sanctuary.

Meanwhile, Michonne tries to convince Maggie to help the Sanctuary who still refuses. After talking with Earl, who is imprisoned for is crime, she is enlightened to help the crippling community.

Rick talks to Negan about the bridge’s progress but the former Savior leader continues to taunt Rick over his decisions and that his vision for the future is going to fail.

"Warning Signs"

After Justin is discovered a Walker, the Saviors, led by Jed, are ready to leave to project and demand guns to protect themselves but Rick refuses, even after Jed try to hold him and Carol hostage, Rick has no choice but to send them away after that.

Meanwhile, Anne, former leader of the Scavengers, is beginning to feel out of place even more when everyone thinks it’s her who is killing Saviors. She returns to her old home to call for a ride out of the area. Gabriel finds out and after refusing to keep it a secret, Anne kidnaps him.

As the group try to find out who is killing Saviors, Daryl and Maggie figure out it was Oceanside doing it and only killing the Saviors who killed their men. They claim they were inspired by Maggie to do it and that Rick’s rules aren’t the only rules. Deciding that she gave it enough time to try Rick’s, she decides to enact her plan to assassinate Negan.

"The Obliged"

After being warned of Maggie’s plan, Rick tries to stop her but Daryl drives him into another way and the two eventually fall into a deep pit. They argue over morality of the situation with Rick believing Negan will become a martyr for the Saviors while Daryl says his vision is not working and that it’s time to let it go. They escape and realize a herd is on route to the bridge. They go in separate directions to divert the herd with Rick being thrown off his horse onto a concrete slab, impaling his torso with rebar and knocking him unconscious.

Meanwhile, Anne attempts to have a Walker bite Gabriel but cannot bring herself to do it and knocking him unconscious again, she leaves him in the Heaps with a goodbye note. Also, Michonne deals with Negan who is refusing to eat and during their conversations, she reveals that they don’t have Lucille and don’t know where she is causing him distress.

"What Comes After"

Maggie arrives in Alexandria to kill Negan despite Michonne trying to convince her otherwise. Upon seeing Negan’s state of being, Maggie relents declaring that he is already worse than dead. As she leaves, there is word of trouble at the bridge.

Rick wakes up and frees himself to get the bridge while hallucinating Shane, Hershel, and Sasha along the way. He makes it to the bridge but realizes the groups efforts to fight them will be in vain. He sacrifices himself by blowing up the bridge much to the sadness of the group. Later, Anne discovers Rick on the riverbed and convinces her helicopter ride to take him with them.

Six years later, an older Judith Grimes rescues Magna’s group from a horde of Walkers.

"Who Are You Now?"

Judith and some Alexandrian’s bring Magna’s group to their home, a hardened Michonne is reluctant to let them stay and during a council meeting, she points out Magna’s prison tattoo to make everyone distrustful of her group. After talking with Judith and a visit from Magda in her home, Michonne decide to take her group to Hilltop where she’s sure they will be safe.

Meanwhile, the Kingdom is beginning to fail due to broken pipes which supply power and water. Henry decides to go the Hilltop to learn how to be a blacksmith to help keep his home afloat. Him and Carol travel on the road but are interrupted by Jed’s group who are the remnants of the fallen Sanctuary. They raid their wagon and attack Henry. In the night, Carol burns them all alive in retaliation. Later, the two travelers come across Daryl.

While setting up radio transmitting equipment, Rosita and Eugene are followed by a strangely-acting herd of walkers that appear to talk.

"Stradivarius"

Michonne leads Magna's group towards the Hilltop but is still distrustful of them. She learns from Siddiq that Maggie is no longer at the Hilltop and that her people still keep in contact with them. After stopping at Magda’s former camp, they continue their journey. While Jesus and Aaron are out and about, they come across an injured and fatigued Rosita who informs them of Eugene's whereabouts.

Carol and Henry see Daryl’s camp and convince him to come to Hilltop with them. Carol also asks him to mentor and watch over Henry while he’s at the Hilltop. After they arrive, Daryl opts to go with Jesus and Aaron to look for Eugene.

"Evolution"

Magna's group is ultimately accepted into Hilltop but are told by Tara that they must "earn their keep". Michonne and Siddiq learn from Rosita of what she and Eugene saw and how the rescue party is not prepared for it.

Daryl, Jesus, and Aaron find Eugene, who reveals that he heard walkers whispering to each other, suggesting that they are evolving. The whispering herd pursues the group and corners them in a cemetery. They are soon joined by Michonne, Magna, and Yumiko who provide their escape. However, while holding of the Walkers, Jesus is stabbed by a "walker" through the chest. After fending off the herd, the group discovers that the whispering walkers are indeed people wearing walker skins. The Whisperers suddenly surround the group.

After his cell gate is accidentally left unlocked, Negan escapes from confinement.

"Adaptation"

The group manage to escape the cemetery, and they capture a young Whisperer, Lydia, on their way back to Hilltop. While the community mourns Jesus’ passing, Michonne and Daryl interrogate Lydia on her group but don’t get anywhere and Michonne’s group head back to Alexandria. Seeing Henry is getting close to Lydia, Daryl listens in on their conversations to get answers.

After escaping, Negan leaves Alexandria and returns to the ruined Sanctuary trying build a new start there but decides it’s not worth it and returns to Alexandria where his cell is.

Meanwhile Alden and Luke, one of Magna’s people, are lured into a trap by the Whisperers led by Alpha.

"Omega"

Lydia finally opens up about her past where she reveals that her mother and father were with a group for over a month and the group was soon overwhelmed and her father was killed in the attempt to fight them. Daryl, however, sees the cracks in her story and finds bruises on her arm which were obviously caused by abuse. After talking to Henry some more, she remembers that her mother killed her good-natured father and forced her to remember things differently. She reveals her mother leads the group which is bigger than they thought. The next day, Alpha shows up at Hilltop to demand Lydia’s release.

"Bounty"

Ezekiel and Carol lead a supply run for a trade fair that will ensure their survival. They retrieve supplies and a projector bulb for their movie theatre.

Meanwhile, Hilltop’s confrontation with Alpha heightens when she offers to trade Alden and Luke for Lydia. The Whisperers even abandon a baby after it can’t be silenced when the Hilltoppers rescue. Knowing Alpha won’t let up, Daryl is forced to give up Lydia despite Henry’s wishes. After returning to her mother, Alpha slaps her and demands her to call her “Alpha” like the others. Later that night, Henry goes after Lydia which causes Daryl and Connie, a deaf survivor, to follow him.

"Guardians"

In the woods, Alpha questions Lydia about her time at Hilltop but gets nothing out her though she suspects something is up. Henry is discovered by Beta who takes him to Alpha. Henry sees their way of life and what happens when someone challenges Alpha. At night, Alpha and Beta decide to test Lydia’s loyalty by forcing her to kill Henry. This is halted by the arrival of Daryl and Connie who leads Walkers into their camp. Henry forces Daryl to let Lydia come along.

In Alexandria, Michonne scolds her council for keeping secrets from her only for Gabriel to retort that she would’ve shot their ideas down anyway like sending a delegation to the Kingdom’s upcoming trade fair. She asserts that it’s so Alexandria survives. She later allows a delegation to go after Judith confronts her on how she changed despite her belief that no one can change.

"Chokepoint"

Ezekiel and Carol learn of the Highwaymen who demand a toll for use of their roads. While prepared to kill the group if need be, The Kingdom attempts a compromise which is reached when Carol promises them that they will see a movie at the fair. The Highwaymen become escorts for people going to fair as a result.

Meanwhile, Daryl’s group is on run from Beta who is attempting to get Lydia back. At abandoned building, the group kill Beta’s men one by one while Daryl fights Beta. The giant is pushed down an elevator shaft but survives. With Henry injured in the fight, they decide to go to Alexandria to get him patched up as it is closer.

"Scars"

In a flashback, it is revealed that Michonne’s hardened nature came to be due to the arrival of Jocelyn, a friend of hers before the apocalypse. She kidnaps Alexandria’s children with her own child army and Daryl and Michonne go after them. The are both branded and Michonne is for to kill Jocelyn and all but one of her child soldiers to rescue Judith and the others. Alexandria closed its gates ever since.

Back in the present, Daryl’s group arrive to get Henry patched up. Judith knows that Daryl and the others need help, so she escapes Alexandria to go after them. Michonne followers and rescues her from a Walker and the two finally get their feelings out. Judith believes Michonne doesn’t love her friends anymore which enlightens Michonne to make amends and go to the fair and give Daryl’s group a ride to it. Two Whisperer’s watch as people arrive at the fair and tell Alpha.

"The Calm Before"

As the fair opens, Alpha infiltrates the fair and observes the lives of the people. She encounters Lydia who renounces her mother and tells her to leave before anyone finds her. Michonne meets with the leaders of all the communities and Alexandria agrees to give Lydia asylum. They sign a charter Michonne drafted six years ago as a protection pact should the Whisperers attack any one of them.

Michonne, Daryl, and others lead a search party for other fairgoers only to be surrounded by Whisperer’s. Alpha shows Daryl a large herd of Walkers she’s ready to use if they cross her borders again. The group leaves and find that Alpha marked her borders with ten pikes with severed heads of members of the community which include Enid, Tara, and Henry. Siddiq gives a eulogy as he was with them when it happened. As Lydia and Daryl visit the border, snow begins to fall.

"The Storm"

Months after the fair, The Kingdom has finally fallen and the community is forced to go to Hilltop for the remainder of the winter. Realizing a snowstorm will either hinder their way there or trap them, they decide the best way to get to Hilltop is to cross through Alpha’s border. Lydia, who has become suicidal, is reluctant to go because of how most people see her. Carol begins to see her true colors and tells her she is not weak. After they reach Hilltop, Carol breaks up with Ezekiel and returns to Alexandria with Michonne and Daryl.

Michonne learns that Negan saved Judith after she ran off to get Daryl’s dog out of the storm and thus earns her respect. After Ezekiel and Judith finish conversing on the radio, a voice sounds through asking if anyone is out there.

Episodes

Title Writer(s) Air Dates U.S. Viewers
1. "A New Beginning" Angela Kang October 7, 2018 (US)
October 8, 2018 (UK)
6.10 million
2. "The Bridge" David Leslie Johnson October 14, 2018 (US)
October 15, 2018 (UK)
4.95 million
3. "Warning Signs" Corey Reed October 21, 2018 (US)
October 22, 2018 (UK)
5.04 million
4. "The Obliged" Geraldine Inoa October 28, 2018 (US)
October 29, 2018 (UK)
5.10 million
5. "What Comes After" Matt Negrete
Scott Gimple
November 4, 2018 (US)
November 5, 2018 (UK)
5.41 million
6. "Who Are You Now?" Eddie Guzelian November 11, 2018 (US)
November 12, 2018 (UK)
5.40 million
7. "Stradivarius" Vivian Tse November 18, 2018 (US)
November 19, 2018 (UK)
4.79 million
8. "Evolution" David Leslie Johnson November 25, 2018 (US)
November 26, 2018 (UK)
5.10 million
9. "Adaptation" Corey Reed February 10, 2019 (US)
February 11, 2019 (UK)
5.16 million
10. "Omega" Channing Powell February 17, 2019 (US)
February 18, 2019 (UK)
4.54 million
11. "Bounty" Matt Negrete February 24, 2019 (US)
February 25, 2019 (UK)
4.39 million
12. "Guardians" LaToya Morgan March 3, 2019 (US)
March 4, 2019 (UK)
4.71 million
13. "Chokepoint" David Leslie Johnson
Eddie Guzelian
March 10, 2019 (US)
March 11, 2019 (UK)
4.83 million
14. "Scars" Corey Reed
Vivian Tse
March 17, 2019 (US)
March 18, 2019 (UK)
4.57 million
15. "The Calm Before" Geraldine Inoa
Channing Powell
March 24, 2019 (US)
March 25, 2019 (UK)
4.15 million
16. "The Storm" Angela Kang
Matt Negrete
March 31, 2019 (US)
April 1, 2019 (UK)
5.02 million

Cast

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Trivia

References

Episodes of The Walking Dead
Season 1 "Days Gone Bye" • "Guts" • "Tell It to the Frogs" • "Vatos" • "Wildfire" • "TS-19"
Season 2 "What Lies Ahead" • "Bloodletting" • "Save the Last One" • "Cherokee Rose" • "Chupacabra" • "Secrets" • "Pretty Much Dead Already" • "Nebraska" • "Triggerfinger" • "18 Miles Out" • "Judge, Jury, Executioner" • "Better Angels" • "Beside the Dying Fire"
Season 3 "Seed" • "Sick" • "Walk With Me" • "Killer Within" • "Say the Word" • "Hounded" • "When the Dead Come Knocking" • "Made to Suffer" • "The Suicide King" • "Home" • "I Ain't a Judas" • "Clear" • "Arrow on the Doorpost" • "Prey" • "This Sorrowful Life" • "Welcome to the Tombs"
Season 4 "30 Days Without An Accident" • "Infected" • "Isolation" • "Indifference" • "Internment" • "Live Bait" • "Dead Weight" • "Too Far Gone" • "After" • "Inmates" • "Claimed" • "Still" • "Alone" • "The Grove" • "Us" • "A"
Season 5 "No Sanctuary" • "Strangers" • "Four Walls and a Roof" • "Slabtown" • "Self Help" • "Consumed" • "Crossed" • "Coda" • "What Happened and What's Going On" • "Them" • "The Distance" • "Remember" • "Forget" • "Spend" • "Try" • "Conquer"
Season 6 "First Time Again" • "JSS" • "Thank You" • "Here's Not Here" • "Now" • "Always Accountable" • "Heads Up" • "Start to Finish" • "No Way Out" • "The Next World" • "Knots Untie" • "Not Tomorrow Yet" • "The Same Boat" • "Twice as Far" • "East" • "Last Day on Earth"
Season 7 "The Day Will Come When You Won't Be" • "The Well" • "The Cell" • "Service" • "Go Getters" • "Swear" • "Sing Me a Song" • "Hearts Still Beating" • "Rock in the Road" • "New Best Friends" • "Hostiles and Calamities" • "Say Yes" • "Bury Me Here" • "The Other Side" • "Something They Need" • "The First Day of the Rest of Your Life"
Season 8 "Mercy" • "The Damned" • "Monsters" • "Some Guy" • "The Big Scary U" • "The King, the Widow, and Rick" • "Time for After" • "How It's Gotta Be" • "Honor" • "The Lost and the Plunderers" • "Dead or Alive Or" • "The Key" • "Do Not Send Us Astray" • "Still Gotta Mean Something" • "Worth" • "Wrath"
Season 9 "A New Beginning" • "The Bridge" • "Warning Signs" • "The Obliged" • "What Comes After" • "Who Are You Now?" • "Stradivarius" • "Evolution" • "Adaptation" • "Omega" • "Bounty" • "Guardians" • "Chokepoint" • "Scars" • "The Calm Before" • "The Storm"
Season 10 TBA

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