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"Fortitudo Saludis!"
—The group's motto.[src]

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 ferocity, 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 them 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 I"

Maggie describes the Reapers' attack on Meridian which is now under their control. According to Maggie, her group only knew two things about them: "they come at night and by the time you see them, you're already dead." However, Montanio's lone attack has revealed something else about them: there aren't that many Reapers. In order to save the starving Alexandria, Maggie assembles a mission to defeat the Reapers and retake Meridian and its abundant food supply.

"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"

As the Reapers unleash their attack, the group scatters into the woods. Alden, Negan, and Gabriel are injured, while Cole is killed by one of the Reapers. Duncan, on the other hand, is stabbed with several throwing knives. Maggie is briefly ensnared by a whip, but Elijah comes to her aid and frees her, only to be ensnared himself and dragged off. Alone, Maggie observes her environment. Sensing a Reaper nearby, she throws Elijah's sickle at him, but misses. This, however, gives her enough time to escape.

Michael and Bossie proceed to stalk Maggie for miles, tracking her through the night to a mall where they eventually ambush her and Alden, who also sought refuge at the mall. Bossie attacks Alden, while Michael initially overpowers Maggie, but she is able to stab him in the head with a glass bottle. Negan finishes him off with a blow from his crowbar. Maggie flicks her knife at Bossie, hitting him in the back, but despite being wounded, he manages to fling a flashbang and escape along with Michael's body after it explodes and stuns Maggie and Negan.

Gabriel catches up to the Reaper he'd been tracking. Nicholls is grievously wounded and reciting a prayer. He greets Gabriel in a friendly manner and tells him not to be afraid, but Gabriel assures him he isn't. The Reaper goes on to declare he has been blessed, and asks Gabriel to pray for him. Furious, Gabriel points out Nicholls tried to kill his friends, but the latter retorts that they tried to kill him in turn. He asks Gabriel again to pray for him, stating that even his enemies deserve that much. Disappointed at Gabriel's continued refusal, Nicholls says that the thought Gabriel was a man of God. Gabriel coldly replies that God isn't here anymore, before killing the Reaper.

"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"

Maggie, Negan, Gabriel and Elijah lead their herd to Meridian where they are quickly spotted by the Reapers. Daryl suggests that he leads the herd a couple of miles away, but Pope sends Paul Wells instead. As Wells leads the walkers into the nearby woods, more walkers suddenly approach from the other direction. As Wells fights off the walkers, Negan and Maggie suddenly attack and stab him before leaving Wells to be devoured by the herd. When Wells fails to respond or return, Pope reveals that sending him out was a test to see whether or not Maggie was leading the attack.

That night, Maggie's group leads the herd back to Meridian, but they run into a minefield set between the gates and the road. Although the minefield destroys many walkers, the vast majority of the herd is able to push through and Daryl notices the disguised Maggie and Gabriel splitting off from the rest of the herd while Negan and Elijah continue to lead the walkers. Despite getting injured by shrapnel from some of the mines, Negan and Elijah are able to push through to the gate. Pretending to have been sent to help patrol the perimeter, Daryl kills Powell and breaks open the food storage shed. With Powell's death getting rid of the only guard on that portion of the wall, Maggie and Gabriel are able to break through a part of the wall and into the part of Meridian where the useless food is dumped. Maggie sends Gabriel into a building to retrieve a sniper rifle while she heads off on her own.

As the herd approaches the wall, Pope has Ancheta ready the hwacha which will be able to eliminate most of the walkers, leaving the Reapers able to eliminate the rest. While alone together, Daryl reveals his true allegiance to Leah Shaw and attempts to convince her to help him before they are interrupted by the arrival of Pope and Ancheta. Before the hwacha can be fired, Maggie hotwires a truck parked in the garage and rams it through the gate, allowing her friends and the herd in. Deaver attacks a fleeing Maggie, but Gabriel kills him with his sniper rifle and forces a couple of other Reapers to retreat. As the Reapers fight off the walkers, Pope orders the hwacha fired into the courtyard regardless of the fact that his people are still down there. With Pope refusing to listen to reason or call the Reapers back before firing, Leah joins Daryl in attacking, killing Pope herself while Daryl kills Ancheta and cuts the fuse to the hwacha.

However, after Pope's death, Leah blames his murder on Daryl to the rest of the Reapers, having killed Pope to protect her family since Pope was more worried with winning then his people. As Daryl flees and joins Maggie, Negan and Elijah in fighting the walkers and Reapers in the courtyard below, Leah has the hwacha prepared once again and orders her people to pull back. Once the courtyard is cleared of the Reapers, Leah has the hwacha fired at the herd and Maggie's group in an attempt to kill them all.

"No Other Way"

The Reapers will appear in this episode.

Members

Formerly

Killed Victims

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

Deaths

Appearances

TV Series

Season 10

Season 11

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