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The Reapers are a group of hostile survivors introduced in Season 10 of AMC's The Walking Dead. They serve as the primary antagonistic group of the episode "Home Sweet Home" and the first half of Season 11.

Overview

The Reapers are a relatively small, but cohesive group of survivors that prey upon other groups and settlements. Led by Pope, they attack their targets with frightening precision and ferociousness, striking terror into the hearts of any survivors they might leave behind.

The Reapers demonstrate a cult-like devotion to their leader Pope, who himself is a very spiritual individual that follows his own, twisted interpretation of Christianity. Being a small group whose members mostly knew each other even before the apocalypse, the Reapers are shown to have quite strong attachments to one anther, and display great sadness if they witness one of their own slain. They see their group as a surrogate family of sort, and refer to each other as "brother" and "sister". Because of their history, the Reapers have an obsession with fire, and will utilize it to initiate any new members they might recruit. Likewise, any member that betrays the group is punished by being burned alive.

What the Reapers lack in numbers, they more than make up for in skill, which allows them to target groups much larger than themselves. Each individual member of the Reapers has military training, allowing them to easily eliminate most targets they encounter in hand-to-hand combat. Additionally, members of the Reapers are shown to be extremely tough, able to shrug off stab wounds and even falls from great heights. Nonetheless, the Reapers are fully aware their smaller group size puts them at a disadvantage, so will often organize ambushes and utilize hit-and-run tactics instead of fighting larger groups head on. Only once they isolate their targets will they confront them directly. In combat, the Reapers often make use of throwing knives to deadly effect.

Pre-Apocalypse

Most of the men and women in the Reapers were soldiers fighting in Afghanistan prior to the outbreak. Upon returning from war, many struggled to find jobs or deal with trauma, but the relationship between them remained strong. Many decided to become mercenaries.

Post-Apocalypse

At some point following the outbreak, Pope and his men took shelter from a napalm bombing run, presumably from Operation Cobalt. Holing up in a church outside of town, Pope realized that none of his men nor himself were hurt. Believing them to be blessed by God, Pope formed the Reapers.

The group gradually began attacking survivor settlements and slaughtering innocent survivors on Pope's orders, despite these groups having done nothing to the Reapers. The group was heavily armed with military-grade weaponry and utilized stealth and ambush tactics in attacking and hunting their victims. They appear to all wear metal masks to conceal their faces, as well as hoods and are armed with a variety of weapons.

At some point, the Reapers discovered a location known as Meridian and attacked Maggie Rhee's group who resided there despite having no previous conflicts with her group, forcing her and her surviving group members to flee back to Virginia, in which the Reapers followed them to finish them off due to being "marked" by Pope.

Season 10

"Home Sweet Home"

One member of the Reapers appears in this episode. He is responsible for killing members of Maggie's group, by setting their rendezvous point ablaze.

As Daryl and Maggie try to find the remaining members of her group, the Reaper stalks them. After Maggie is reunited with her people, the Reaper takes shots at them, killing Gus, Ainsley and Maya. Maggie tries to sneak up on him, but he hides and she only finds his rifle.

As she searches, the Reaper, wearing camouflage, lunges at Maggie with a knife, but she dodges and stabs him in the chest. Despite this, he shrugs off the injury, pushes her to the ground, and pulls the knife from his chest. He tries to kill Maggie by throwing the knife, but she ducks out of the way in time. As the Reaper advances towards her, Maggie backs up into a trap and is strung up on a tree. Before the Reaper can kill her, Daryl shoots him in the side with his crossbow, before charging him. The Reaper once again shrugs off the injury and effortlessly tosses Daryl into a tree, knocking him out. This buys Maggie enough time to free herself.

Just as she is about to face the Reaper once more, he is shot in the chest with an arrow, and quickly surrounded by Kelly, Elijah, Cole, and the remaining members of Maggie's group. Maggie furiously questions the Reaper about his identity and his group, but he says nothing. Maggie threatens to kill him, as she knows he is alone, and inquires about his motive for attacking the group. The Reaper, knowing there is no escape for him, calmly tosses his weapon to the ground and simply says "Pope marked you", before pulling a pin from a grenade and blowing himself up as the others dive for cover.

Season 11

"Acheron: Part II"

Maggie's group are stopped in their tracks by a horrific sight: dozens of bodies strung up by their ankles and hanging from roadside trees. A bolt suddenly strikes Roy in the face, instantly killing him. A bladed weapon is then flung from the darkness, striking Cole in the thigh, cutting his hand fully. The group immediately flees for cover as more bolts and other projectiles come flying out of the darkness. As the group scrambles for cover, they see a group of Reapers advancing towards them.

"Hunted"

The Reapers will appear in this episode.

"Rendition"

The Reapers will appear in this episode.

"On the Inside"

The Reapers will appear in this episode.

"Promises Broken"

The Reapers will appear in this episode.

"For Blood"

The Reapers will appear in this episode.

Members

Captives

Killed Victims

The following is a list of victims the Reapers have killed:

Deaths

Appearances

TV Series

Season 10

Season 11

TV Series Groups
Bank RobbersThe SurvivorsThe Vatos GangThe LivingMichonne's GroupThe PrisonersWoodbury ArmyTyreese's GroupThe Governor's MilitiaAbraham's GroupThe ClaimersRapist GroupThe WolvesThe SaviorsOceansideThe ScavengersThe MilitiaCivic Republic MilitaryGeorgie's GroupMagna's GroupThe WhisperersThe HighwaymenJocelyn's GroupThe CoalitionJen and Wayne's GroupSurvivor CaravanThe WardensCommonwealth ArmyThe ReapersValak's VipersFranklin's Group
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