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We survive. We provide security to others. We bring civilization back to this world. We are the Saviors.
Negan to his Saviors.[src]

The Saviors were a vast organization of survivors introduced in Season 6 of AMC's The Walking Dead. While under Negan Smith's leadership, they served as the secondary antagonistic group for the first half of Season 6 and the primary antagonistic group for the second half of Season 6, and all of Season 7 and Season 8 and while under Jed's leadership, a cell within the group served as the primary antagonistic group for the first half of Season 9. After a brief war with the Militia and Negan's eventual defeat, the Saviors and the Militia declare peace. The community was home to close to 600 members, both soldiers and workers, as well as families and children living in the Sanctuary, though their numbers were greatly diminished during the course of the war.

Six years after the apparent death of Rick Grimes, the remaining Saviors have disbanded following the Sanctuary going "bust". Most went on to join the communities they once oppressed while a handful joined a group of rough raiders led by Jed before its destruction.


The Saviors were a group of survivors founded with the goal of restoring civilization to the world. Under their charismatic authoritarian leader Negan, they enacted a brutal regime to subjugate any and all communities they came across in the area surrounding Washington, D.C. through murder and brutality to coerce survivors (such as those at the Hilltop) to provide a steady stream of food and other goods. In return, Negan promises them protection from walkers and other groups. They also had a reputation of being ruthless and uncompromising.

The Saviors have had multiple leaders, one taking the place after the other. At one point the Saviors were led by an apparently incompetent leader. Negan described the Saviors as a being made up of gangs of animals under the new leader's rule. Negan took the Sanctuary from him with the help of Simon and became the next leader. Negan established a system that has yet to be fully explained and called them the Saviors due to his belief that he is saving people.

The Saviors used extreme methods of violence to achieve their goals: on several occasions, they have clubbed people to death, and one group has taken polaroid-style photos of their victims. One known victim is a 16-year-old boy who was beaten to death to force the servitude of the Hilltop community. Negan himself is notorious for this particular execution method, carrying with him at all times "Lucille", a baseball bat wrapped with barbed wire. However, while Negan allows brutality, he despises sexual violence and will execute any member who tries to commit rape.

The Saviors however tend to kill few people, as Negan views them as a resource. They will usually kill one person in a group to get their point across so that the remaining people will work for them. Negan believes that by killing one person he is saving hundreds. One instance of the Saviors killing few people is when Negan only executed Abraham and Glenn after Alexandria had killed dozens of Saviors. However, they have been known to kill large numbers of people, for example on the orders of Simon, they executed every man and boy over the age of ten in one community for resisting (though this particular atrocity was committed prior to Negan assuming command of the Saviors).

There is shown to be a lack of trust between Negan and his right hand man Simon. Negan believes in killing one person to save hundreds of people, whereas Simon believes that it's better to kill everyone within an insubordinate community to silence dissent altogether. When it came to dealing with the Scavengers, who had broken their agreement, Negan sent Simon to deal with them, with clear orders to deliver the standard message and only kill one person. Simon, however, disobeyed Negan and killed everyone there except for the leader Jadis. He then lied to Negan about how he had dealt with the Scavengers.

Most of the Saviors are portrayed as sociopaths: they do not show any remorse towards killing others, nor do they show satisfaction (though some do show signs of sadism, namely Jared and David). There are still reasonable members such as Gavin, who shows genuine respect to Ezekiel and acknowledges that the Kingdom have been good to them, as well as Laura, who surrendered after they had lost, and is willing to work with her former enemies to help build a better future. Moreover, many Saviors view themselves as hardened survivors, and often insist that Rick's group is not morally superior, especially due to the large number of Saviors that they killed. A number of years later, Negan acknowledges that many of the Saviors were psychopaths, telling Amaia and Tommaso that he had built an army of psychopaths.

While some individual Saviors may not be particularly dangerous, as each member of Rick's group has been able to overcome multiple Saviors quite easily, what makes them such a formidable threat is their massive numbers, which enables them to overwhelm other groups and employ psychological warfare on a large scale. One example of this method is to surround survivors and emitting in unison a distinctive whistle.

The Saviors' main base is located at a compound called the Sanctuary, although the bulk of their force is not found there, but divided into smaller groups residing at various outposts spread throughout the region.

To make it easier to avoid retaliation, Saviors tend to instate a disarmament policy on subjugated communities, although certain communities who are cooperative are allowed to bear arms so long as they are docile to the Saviors.

Negan has created a cult of personality around himself, and so many Saviors identify themselves as "Negan". When Negan is present, the Saviors kneel in front of him as a sign of respect. Rules are important to Negan as they give structure to civilization. If a Savior is caught breaking the rules, they are punished severely. One such method is branding the face of the guilty with a hot iron. Rape is particularly heinous in Negan's eyes and is punishable by death.

After the war with the Militia and Negan's capture, the remaining Saviors have given up on Negan's way of doing things and are now just a community of survivors instead of a tyrannical group of bandits.

After Rick's apparent death, the Saviors disbanded, with most joining the very same communities that they had once ruled over.

The main mistake of Negan is not the gradual introduction of reforms in relation to the residents of communities. The beginnings of reforms were, but in relation to the Kingdom, which clearly followed the instructions of Negan, for which it received the right to carry firearms. Negan thought about reforms and tribute reduction, only by almost the middle of the war, when one of the co-leaders of the Militia and the leader of the Alexandria Safe Zone - Rick Grimes, no longer cared about the words of Negan, as he was confident in the victory of the Militia. Also, before the war, Negan did not realize that the main activists of the uprising were some residents of Alexandria, as they should have been separated and sent to different communities, isolated.

Over a decade later, Negan openly acknowledges that one of his major mistakes with the Saviors was how his harsh treatment and virtual enslavement of the communities caused them to grow tired of him and rise up against him and his use of an army of psychopaths to keep them in line. He also appears to regret some of his choices in who he trusted to help lead such as the Croat, one of Negan's earliest and most trusted Saviors who would subsequently go on to create his own twisted version of the organization.

Government and Society[]

While under Negan's leadership, the Saviors had a well-structured hierarchy. At the top of the power structure was Negan, whose will was carried out through his lieutenants. Simon was the second-in-command and also maintained power over the lieutenants, taking responsibility for subjugating communities that showed resistance to their rule. All the lieutenants, including Simon, formed a part of a leading council headed by Negan which acted as the government for the community. As of "The Big Scary U", Simon, Dwight, Eugene, Gavin and Regina were all shown to hold seats in Negan's Council. When Simon called a meeting in Negan's absence, Arat and Gary were shown in the room standing in attendance, however they did not hold seats at the table. After Simon and Gary's betrayal and execution, Gavin's death, and Dwight revealed to be a mole, Negan's council changed. Laura, Dwight's former right-hand was promoted to Negan's second-in-command, and Arat and D.J., lower lieutenants appear to have been given seats at the council.

The lieutenants themselves lead missions and have added benefits in the Sanctuary. Below the lieutenants are the "soldiers" who fill the role of scouts, enforcers and guards. Soldiers who prove themselves as loyal and reliable could potentially be promoted to the rank of lieutenant, especially when previously lieutenants were killed. Gary and D.J. were soldiers who proved their worth and were promoted. Certain individuals such as Jiro and D.J appear to be minor ringleaders who lead small scale missions and raids, or were leaders of small security details. Under the soldiers are noncombatant workers who labor for points in exchange for supplies and comfort benefits.

Any woman whom Negan finds attractive can offer herself off as a wife for him to escape the point system. At the bottom are the prisoners who are identified by a letter painted on their shirts.

Also, the inhabitants of the conquered communities are included in the hierarchy of Saviors, being serfs, being at the lowest level of the hierarchy. Even community leaders can be subjected to arbitrary treatment by any soldier of the Saviors. The most capable serfs can be transferred to the working class and send them to live at the Sanctuary, as was the case with Eugene Porter.

Following Negan's defeat, the Saviors fall under the leadership of Daryl Dixon and all remnants of Negan's ways of leadership are now strictly forbidden, including using chained walkers as tools. Some of Negan's former lieutenants appear to still hold some higher authority over workers and soldiers such as Laura and Regina though they still report to the leader.

Carol Peletier briefly takes over the role of leader of the Saviors following Daryl stepping down, though she too eventually steps down. Jed became the leader of roughly at least ten former Saviors before their deaths who acted as marauders attacking other survivors before Carol killed them.


Their lives before the outbreak are largely unknown. It is likely many of them lived in the Virginia/Maryland area and some may have been criminals or part of a gang.


In 2011, the Saviors were initially a struggling survivor group barricaded in an abandoned factory and inhabited by Simon, Dwight, Sherry, Tina, Gordon, Maria, Arat, Justin, and dozens of others. As communities in Virginia became more prominent, the leader started a joint-network based on intimidation and extortion. Upon finding a new community, the group would kill one member, take half of their belongings; and demand a recurring tribute in the form of food, weapons, medicine, supplies, and other amenities. Failure to produce enough for the agreed upon amount would result in execution or imprisonment. With an abundance of supplies, the group was able to branch out into multiple outposts; including the Shephard Office Plaza, Chemical Plant, and Satellite Facility. One of the communities, Hollowbrant Outreach Recovery, attempted to fight back by attacking the satellite facility, not realizing it was merely an outpost. The community lost and Simon rounded up all the male survivors over the age of ten and executed them. The Hollowbrant group fled and relocated to Oceanside Cabin Motor Court where they remained in-hiding.

Another group led by a man named Negan Smith found the factory, took out their leader through a mutiny, and merged to form The Saviors - based on the high school team mascot Negan coached for before the outbreak. Negan began a point class system within the Saviors. The more an individual provided, the more points they had, and thus more privileges and better treatment. Most of the Saviors were workers confined to squalor and forced to hard labor, but highly valued members were allowed private quarters, amenities, and first claim to their spoils. Negan also implemented a marriage system. Women of the community who agreed to marry him received privileges for themselves and their families. However, they could never be seen with their husbands, boyfriends, or any other suitors. Those caught with his wives were sentenced to having their faces melted by a hot iron. Negan continued the extortion of other communities, as their justification was receiving tribute for their service of keeping the communities safe from the undead and other hostile survivors. The Saviors occupied multiple communities including Viskocil Public Library, Hilltop Colony, and The Kingdom.

At some point, a man named The Croat came to The Saviors, completely broken after his family was cannibalized by another group. Negan took him in and befriended the Croat, keeping him from committing suicide. The two became close friends, with the Croat coming to call Negan "buraz", meaning "brother." The Croat became one of the first Saviors and displayed a talent for reading people, toying with them and pulling them apart, causing Negan to utilize his talents as a torturer for his enemies. However, Negan realized that the Croat was a monster when he brutally tortured and murdered a young girl against Negan's direct orders, someone who Negan believed to be just a drifter. The girl claimed, under torture, to actually be a scout for the Kingdom. As a result, Negan realized that the Croat was a rogue sadist. Negan tried to shoot the Croat, but missed and only blew off his right ear. The Croat escaped with his life and eventually moved to Manhattan, where he would create his own version of the Saviors.

Some of the communities were not able to sustain themselves with the unequal distribution of goods and constant threats by the Saviors. By 2012, Hilltop resident Paul "Jesus" Rovia found The Kingdom and met with their leader, King Ezekiel Sutton, and developed a relationship of trade and support. In February 2012; Negan proposed to Tina, a young girl with diabetes, in exchange for insulin. Her sister, Sherry, and brother-in-law, Dwight, stole the insulin and escaped The Sanctuary in order to be free of Negan and The Saviors. Negan ordered his men to find and recapture the three.

Season 6[]

"Always Accountable"[]

A group of Saviors are waiting in ambush to capture Dwight, Sherry, and Tina. Instead, they see Daryl Dixon on his motorcycle and a car containing Sasha Williams and Abraham Ford, and ambush them instead. At least three of them open up with assault rifles; they then pursue in vehicles.

Two of them inside a green sedan are shot to death by Sasha and Abraham. Elsewhere, Daryl is separated from his friends, crashes and injures his arm, but gets back up on his bike and speeds away. Two Saviors in a red sedan inadvertently wreck their car near some zombies in their pursuit, and other Saviors in a grey Jeep completely lose track of Daryl.

Daryl soon meets Dwight, Sherry, and Tina, who mistake Daryl for a Savior and capture him for a time. Daryl is present with them when they are confronted by Saviors Wade, Cam, and at least two others in the charred forest. From hiding, Daryl lures Cam near a zombie, which bites the man's arm. Wade hacks off Cam's arm to save his life, then calls off the search for Dwight and the women, stating that their leader "only wanted to take this so far, and he only wants ass that's willing".

After Tina's death, Dwight and Sherry make the decision to return to the Saviors, and force Daryl to give over his motorcycle and crossbow before leaving.

"Start to Finish"[]

Later the same day, Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham are stopped on the road by eight heavily-armed Saviors on motorcycles. Their leader commands them to get out and give them their weapons. When they ask him why, he states "Your property now belongs to Negan."

"No Way Out"[]

Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham are forced out of their truck and disarmed by the Saviors on motorcycles. The leader of the group verbally antagonizes them, announcing everything they own now belongs to Negan, and sends one of his lackeys named T. with Daryl to the back of the truck.

The leader continues his tense exchange with Sasha and Abraham, but when he finally motions to shoot them, he and the other Saviors are blasted to pieces in a sudden, fiery explosion. As Sasha and Abraham collect their faculties, they discover it was Daryl, who had quietly killed T. behind the truck and then opened fire with an RPG. One of these men was the boyfriend of another Savior named Michelle.

"Knots Untie"[]

Two months later, The Saviors deem one of Hilltop's "drops" to be too light, kill two of their residents, and take one hostage named Craig. They then give an ultimatum to Craig's brother, Ethan, to kill Hilltop's leader Gregory in exchange for Craig's safe release.

During the ensuing scuffle, Rick Grimes, the leader of another community whose group has come to establish trade with the Hilltop, kills Ethan, rescuing Gregory. Rick, Maggie Rhee, and the other visitors from the Alexandria Safe Zone learn about the horrible crimes committed by the Saviors, including the bludgeoning of a boy named Rory.

Hearing the name "Negan", they now realize that the dangerous men Daryl was forced to kill on the road with an RPG were Saviors. They reason that it is only a matter of time before they discover and target Alexandria, so Rick proposes a preemptive strike. Soon Maggie negotiates a deal with Gregory whereby the fighters from Alexandria agree to completely wipe out the Saviors in exchange for supplies.

"Not Tomorrow Yet"[]

Using intelligence from Andy, a Hilltop resident who has been inside the Saviors' base for a drop-off, Rick orchestrates a raid. The element of surprise is the key; their goal is to seize the Saviors' armory. Most of Rick's fighters, Jesus and Andy from Hilltop, and several "native" Alexandria residents participate. Before dawn, Andy is given a decapitated head of a zombie which somewhat resembles Gregory to distract the guards.

Andy parks outside the compound: showing them the head, he claims he is there to fulfill their deal to secure the safe release of Craig. The guards believe him, and one goes inside to bring out Craig. Daryl sneaks up from behind and slashes the throat of the first guard. A moment later, the second guard appears (with Craig) but is impaled by Michonne Hawthorne. The group then swarms the compound quietly.

Rick finds a sleeping Savior, and according to plan, kills him in his sleep (by stabbing him through the head). Glenn Rhee and Heath similarly find themselves together in a room with two sleeping Saviors. With great reluctance and obvious emotional turmoil, Glenn stabs one to death; this is the first time he has killed a living person.

Heath is immobilized by the task in front of him, but Glenn intervenes and kills the other sleeping man too. They see a series of polaroid-style photographs on the wall showing individuals whom the Saviors have killed. All of them have their faces and heads bashed gruesomely into completely unrecognizable pulps.

Still in silence, Sasha and Abraham find a locked door and believe it could be the armory. As they attempt to open it, a Savior sneaks up on them to stab them. Sasha stabs the man repeatedly, but he manages to pull the fire alarm.

A furious shootout begins.

With his assault rifle, Rick shoots down three men who charge to join the fray. Aaron shuts himself behind a door, but is attacked by a Savior whom he stabs to death. Aaron then opens the door and surprises a second, larger Savior, who turns to open fire on Aaron but is himself shot through the head by Rosita Espinosa.

Outside the compound, a man and a woman attempt to flee but Tara Chambler kills the woman and wounds the other with her pistol. Back inside, the melee escalates: Sasha shoots one man, Daryl bludgeons another with the butt of his shotgun, and Glenn and Heath sprint for their lives into the armory with Saviors in immediate pursuit. Glenn and Heath shut the door to the armory as it is being perforated with bullets, then they return fire blindly. When they open the door, there are at least six bodies splayed right outside the threshold.

One of them unexpectedly stirs and takes aim with a pistol, but before he can shoot, he is killed by Jesus. Outside, the gray-haired Savior injured by Tara is confronted and eventually shot by Father Gabriel Stokes.

At sunrise, at least 24 Saviors are dead. While their attackers have suffered psychological damage, they have no fatalities or serious injuries of their own. Suddenly, a lone survivor named Primo attempts to flee. Rosita shoots him from the motorcycle, which Daryl recognizes to be his own. As they interrogate the captured Savior, they get a threatening message over his radio from an unseen woman who has captured Carol Peletier and Maggie.

"The Same Boat"[]

During the night raid on the compound, Carol and Maggie stood guard outside. A Savior named Donnie spotted them and charged, but Carol shot first hitting him in the arm. However, they were immediately captured by three Saviors: Molly, Michelle, and their leader Paula.

The four remaining Saviors watch in disappointment as their friend Primo is captured near the compound. After a tense conversation with Rick via a radio, Paula determines they are outgunned and flees with her two captives. She radios a scout group of more Saviors for backup, and travels to a safe house she identifies as "the break point".

The Saviors' safe house turns out to be a slaughterhouse infested with freely-roaming zombies. Donnie is suffering agonizing pain as his nerves die from Carol's gunshot, and his hysteria unsettles the group.

Carol begins an extremely convincing ruse to look like a helpless, weak, religious person, and she reveals that Maggie is pregnant. Her scheme is so effective that Paula ridicules her beliefs while another captor, Michelle, even asks Molly to smoke her cigarettes in another room (to avoid harming Maggie's fetus from secondhand smoke). Paula correctly surmises that Rick and his group have tracked them, but plans to fight to the death if they arrive. Maggie refuses to tell Michelle where their home is, to protect Alexandria. She learns that Michelle's boyfriend was one of the men killed by Daryl's RPG strike.

Carol and Maggie escape their bonds and find out that Donnie has died of his wound. They string up his corpse so that after he turns into a zombie, he will bite the first captor that walks through the door. This turns out to be Molly, whom Maggie finishes by brutally pistol-whipping. In a hallway, Maggie and Carol are stopped in their tracks by a booby-trap of immobilized zombies.

Paula arrives and, having seen Donnie and Molly both dead, runs out of bullets trying to shoot them. Carol has the drop on her, but is distraught and begs Paula to simply turn and leave. Michelle arrives and tries to stab Maggie, forcing Carol to kill her. At wits end, Paula rushes Carol and they struggle near the zombies. Paula is finally impaled on a spear and a zombie bites away a sizable portion of her face as she screams in agony.

When the scout group of Saviors arrives to rendezvous with Paula, Carol mimics Paula's voice and lures them into the slaughterhouse's kill floor. There, Carol locks the group (consisting of at least 4 men and 1 woman) inside, and burns them all alive with one of Molly's cigarettes in a trap of gasoline. Exhausted and emotionally overcome, Carol and Maggie finally meet Glenn, Rick, and the others.

Rick confirms to his captive, Primo, that all the other Saviors are dead. He asks one last time if Negan was among the men they killed. Primo, in a statement very similar to one made by Paula and Molly earlier, states that he is Negan, and tries to continue talking but Rick interrupts by immediately executing Primo.

"Twice as Far"[]

A week passes as things return to normal in Alexandria. having killed almost twice the largest number of Saviors seen by the Hilltop, Rick and the others assume that the Savior threat has been eliminated.

While several Alexandrians are out on supply runs, a group of 12 Saviors, this one being led by Dwight, captures Eugene Porter offscreen and then ambushes Daryl, Rosita, and Denise Cloyd on train tracks. Denise is immediately killed by Dwight, who wields Daryl's crossbow and is now scarred on almost one whole half of his face, suggesting a punishment.

They reveal Eugene is their hostage, and Dwight demands they cooperate and allow his group to plunder the Alexandria Safe Zone. Dwight complains about the crossbow's kick and states that he wasn't aiming for Denise (implying his target was Daryl). He recognizes Daryl and is ungrateful for the help Daryl provided during their first encounter. Eugene spots Abraham by some barrels nearby, and exposes his position to the Saviors. While they are distracted, Eugene suddenly bites Dwight on the crotch.

A shootout ensues, during which Abraham shoots two Saviors, Daryl slashes the throat of another, and Rosita shoots one who was stalking Abraham. Outmatched, Dwight shouts for a retreat. He flees with four surviving Saviors, but not before shooting Eugene. Eugene's wound turns out to be non-fatal, and the Alexandria group is able to retrieve and bury Denise's corpse within their walls.


As she flees Alexandria, a small group of Saviors led by Jiro stop Carol on the road. After pleading with them, Carol, who had sewn a gun in the sleeve of her coat, is forced to shoot them all. One survives and charges at her but is stabbed by Carol with a spear from her car.

Jiro also tries to kill Carol by hiding behind the car, he attacks her with his knife but she manages to inflict a gunshot to his chest, he is ultimately killed by Rick who stabs him in the head after he fails to tell him of Carol's location. Only one is still confirmed to be alive and he sets off after her. Rick realizes that not only were the Saviors dangerously close to Alexandria, but they are far more numerous than previously thought.

Dwight and the saviors from the previous day manage to capture Glenn and Michonne, who are searching for Daryl, who has gone looking for Dwight to avenge Denise's death. After Daryl fails to save Glenn and Michonne from captivity, he is shot in the shoulder by Dwight. Rosita, who had decided to go with Daryl, is also captured by Dwight's group.

"Last Day on Earth"[]

A group of eight Saviors led by Simon murder a group of survivors from a library off-screen for trying to fight back. They chase after the lone survivor and surround him in the woods.

They beat him and drag him across the road while letting him know he will be made an example of. Rick's group encounter these Saviors while taking Maggie to the doctor at Hilltop, and Simon tells them to give them their supplies. Confident he is in control of the situation, Rick mocks the Saviors by turning their request back on them. With neither side willing to negotiate, Rick's group leaves and they try to take alternate routes but each time they are stopped by increasingly larger groups of Saviors (8 to 16 to 40+) and the roadblocks become more elaborate and indicative of their vast manpower.

The final roadblock consists of large burning logs. As they ponder their next move, and the library survivor is hung from a nearby overpass, and Simon verbally intimidates Rick, who by this point is quite shaken.

Elsewhere, Roman, the surviving Savior from Carol's attack holds Carol's rosary and follows the horse tracks. He later finds Carol and tortures her by shooting her and waiting for her to bleed out. Morgan arrives and after he refuses to surrender, shoots Roman to death, breaking his code to never kill a living human again

After abandoning their vehicle as a decoy with Eugene, Saviors hidden in the woods whistle and herd Rick and company towards a group of over 100 Saviors whose combined whistling has become a deafening sound. A beaten Eugene kneels on the ground. Simon notices that Carl has one of their guns and he uses it to point at the group when they are told to kneel.

The "man himself" walks out of the RV and introduces himself as Negan and explains to Rick that half of their supplies will belong to him and that is the "new world order." Negan explains that he is going to punish Rick and the group for killing so many of his people. Negan orders the Saviors to cut Carl's other eye out and feed it to Rick if anyone moves or talks while he slowly chooses a member of Rick's group to get bludgeoned to death with Lucille, a baseball bat wrapped with barbed wire. He starts a game of "eenie, meenie, miney, moe" and beats his victim to death.

Season 7[]

"The Day Will Come When You Won't Be"[]

Negan cruelly chooses Abraham after a final random selection and he brutally bludgeons him in front of the survivors with Lucille. Negan starts taunting Rosita with his bloody bat. Daryl suddenly stands up for her and punches Negan for his actions. This causes Negan to make good on his promise to "shut that shit down no exceptions," and brutally beats Glenn in the same manner as the group watches, horrified. After taking two brutal blows to the head, a bloodied Glenn looks at Maggie.

He is a bloody mess; bleeding profusely from his slightly dented head and left eye almost bulging out of its socket. Glenn attempts to speak his final words to a horrified and crying Maggie. Negan, seeing this, held off for a moment to hear what Glenn had to say, expressing admiration for his perseverance. After a few moments, Glenn utters his heart-breaking final words, "Maggie, I'll -- I'll find you."

Negan pauses to offer the distraught group a genuine apology to what is about to happen. But he remind them that he is a man of his word. "No, exceptions!" Negan exclaims. Without hesitating, he swings his bat across Glenn's face. What follows is a prolonged and savage beating into Glenn's head, shattering his entire skull to pieces, and then into a bloody mush. Glenn's graphic and mangled corpse lies in a large pool of bloody brain matter, guts, and an eyeball. Glenn's dead hand twitches.

Unsatisfied with Rick's cooperation, Negan takes him on a journey back to the final roadblock, where he forces Rick out into a herd of zombies and subjects him to psychological torture. When they return to the clearing, Negan orders Rick to cut Carl's left arm off.

With no way out, Rick breaks down crying. Before he can do the deed, Negan stops him and asserts his dominance over Rick and Alexandria. Finally satisfied that Rick is broken and subservient, Negan has Daryl taken prisoner and leaves the group a truck to collect their tribute, before leading the Saviors away.

"The Well"[]

Despite living a seemingly idyllic life, it is revealed that the Kingdom, a large and peaceful community Morgan and Carol discovered, also pay tribute to the Saviors. Soon after the arrival of the newcomers, a group of Saviors arrives to meet with representatives from the Kingdom.

Gavin, the leader, counts the pigs on offer and is pleased to find that they're bigger than the last shipment. Richard remarks that they fed the pigs well. When Dianne, a Kingdom member, starts explaining to Morgan who the Saviors are, he interjects, "I know who they are."

As they load up the trucks, Jared picks a fight with Richard. Ezekiel orders his people to lower their weapons and Gavin tells his man to stop punching Richard. Gavin reminds Ezekiel that the following week is a produce week. He warns Ezekiel that Richard will be the first to die if they deliver less than requested.

"The Cell"[]

The Saviors are shown in their home, the Sanctuary, with Daryl as their prisoner. At the Saviors compound, Dwight watches TV, plays air hockey with Laura and carves wooden figurines. In the marketplace, he cuts to the front of the bread line and grabs an entire loaf. He watches Saviors beat up a red-haired man who gets into an argument with a worker. After the man is beaten to death, Dwight raids the man's living quarters, taking a jar of mustard and another one of pickles, as his pregnant wife and son watch.

Dwight grabs tomatoes from a vegetable garden and eggs from a chicken coop. Dwight, Gordon, and the workers kneel as Negan passes by. Dwight fixes himself an egg and salad sandwich, using the ransacked ingredients, and eats it outside, looking somewhat satisfied. He watches two workers wrangle a walker and chain it to the compound's walker-encrusted outer fence.

Dwight slathers dog food onto bread and takes the sandwich to Daryl, who is naked in a dark cell. Daryl eats it. Dwight shuts the door. There's the distinct sound of the door being locked.

Daryl lies in the dark cell as music blasts in his ears. Dwight opens the door and gives him another sandwich. Daryl eats it. Dwight leaves; the sound of the door being locked is heard once again. The scene is repeated, only this time, Dwight gives Daryl clothes.

The two go outside and watch as two Saviors put the red-haired man on chain links. Dwight tells Daryl that he could either wind up as one of Negan's workers, one of Negan's lieutenants, or a walker on the fence.

Dwight takes Daryl back to his cell and talks to Negan. In the middle of their conversation, Arat (one of Negan's lieutenants) informs them that Gordon has escaped the Sanctuary. Dwight goes to find him.

Back at the Sanctuary, Joseph gives Daryl another sandwich, but forgets to lock the door once he leaves. Daryl escapes but is found by Sherry. She warns him to go back to his cell. Daryl ignores her and runs towards a parking lot full of motorcycles. Trying to find the keys to one of them, he gets surrounded by a bunch of Saviors. Negan comes by and asks each Savior who they are.

They reply with, "Negan." Negan gives Daryl three choices, he works for points, he winds up on the fence as a walker, or he becomes one of his lieutenants. He goes to hit Daryl with Lucille but stops and taunts him. Negan then leaves Daryl with the Saviors, who beat him senseless.

Dwight finds Gordon and Gordon begs Dwight to shoot him. He does and brings Gordon back to the Sanctuary, where he is put on the fence.

Sherry and Dwight smoke cigarettes, and have a conversation. Dwight says that living in the Sanctuary is better than being dead.

Dwight goes back to Daryl's cell, gives him a picture of Glenn's corpse, and starts playing sad music, and Daryl starts sobbing. Dwight returns later, seeing Daryl has puked, and had fell asleep. He takes Daryl over to Negan, where Negan asks Daryl, "Who are you?" "Daryl," he replies. Daryl is thrown back in his cell.


Negan arrives with a large group of over 30 Saviors; Daryl is among them, looking injured and pale. Negan demands to be let in; Spencer opens the gate for them. Rick meets Negan at the gate and notes that he came earlier than planned. Negan strides into Alexandria and thrusts Lucille into Rick's hands, saying, "Hold this."

Rick tries to check in with Daryl, whose face is swollen and bruised, but Negan forbids Rick or any of the Alexandrians from speaking to him otherwise they will face consequences. Rick tells Negan that they already set aside half of their supplies, but Negan says he'll be the one to decide which supplies to take. Arat, one of Negan's lieutenants, orders the Saviors to start searching the houses. Dwight confiscates Rosita and Spencer's guns and taunts them by taking Rosita's hat and pouring her water out. He orders them to bring back Daryl's motorcycle.

Later, the Saviors haul furniture out of residents' homes. Negan inquires about Maggie's whereabouts. Gabriel asks if Negan wants to pay his respects. "She didn't make it?", Negan asks. Rick says nothing, but shakes his head hesitantly. Gabriel leads Negan to the graveyard where Glenn, Abraham, and supposedly Maggie are buried. Negan rues Maggie's death, saying he'd planned on asking her to join him as his wife at his compound. Rick quietly seethes with anger and tightens his grip on Lucille, but swiftly relaxes. Moments later, they hear a gunshot.

In the infirmary, Carl holds David, a Savior, at gunpoint. He orders David to return some of the medicine he took. Rick begs Carl to lower his gun. Negan jokes about Carl's fearlessness, and Carl finally complies after Negan threatens to harm more people. As a precaution, Negan declares that he's confiscating all the guns in Alexandria.

Olivia takes a group of Saviors to the armory. Negan tells Rick he'll leave their food untouched to ensure that they remain strong enough to collect for him. Negan commands Rick to thank him, but Rick refuses. Negan says that Rick is the one who forced Negan's hand and that is why he should thank him. Negan asks if anyone keeps guns outside of the armory. Rick assures him that all their guns are kept in storage.

Arat informs Negan that two guns are missing from the armory. A disappointed Negan threatens to kill Olivia if Rick doesn't find the missing guns. Rick calls a meeting with the residents of Alexandria in an attempt to locate the missing guns. Ignoring the question about the missing guns, Eric asks Rick how he plans to get them out of their situation with Negan. Rick emphasizes that there's no way out; Negan is in charge.

Rick brings the missing guns to Negan. Rosita and Spencer return as Negan gathers his group at the gate and the Saviors begin to leave in small groups. Rick sees Michonne lurking in a dilapidated house nearby, watching them. Rick asks Negan if he can give him "a second." Negan refuses, but he permits Rick to speak with Michonne.

Negan refuses to leave Alexandria until Rick thanks him. "Thank you," Rick concedes. A walker approaches, and Negan turns to kill it. Rick once again tightens his grip on Lucille as he contemplates killing Negan, but decides against it. Negan retrieves Lucille on his way out saying that he can't forget her. The Saviors leave with half of the Alexandrians' belongings, and Daryl, in tow.

"Go Getters"[]

The Saviors secretly lead walkers in through the front gate, drawn by music and fires. The nest morning, Simon leads a group of over twenty Saviors into the Hilltop to collect half of their supplies and to intimidate the inhabitants.

The Saviors stride into Barrington House. In the study, Simon tells Gregory they unleashed the walkers on The Hilltop to remind its residents that walkers are still a threat and the Saviors provide a great service by killing them.

He informs Gregory that the Saviors at the outpost were killed, and reveals that he is aware of the Hilltop's alliance with Alexandria. Gregory pretends this is news to him. Later, after being tricked by Jesus into giving up his best scotch, Gregory is forced to kneel in front of Simon, before the Saviors leave. Jesus manages to sneak on the trucks undetected and later see Carl also on the truck.

"Sing Me a Song"[]

Two Saviors sit in the back of a cargo truck as they wait for a nearby walker herd to thin out. After the herd is gone, they get in the cab and continue on to Negan's compound. Carl picks up a machine gun as the cargo truck slows to a stop.

He hears voices outside, immediately recognizing Negan's. Carl emerges from his hiding spot as Saviors unload the truck; he opens fire and takes one down, demanding to see Negan. Negan suddenly appears, who calmly says "You look adorable," as he uses a nearby Savior as a shield.

Carl shoots another Savior when he tries to approach, but Dwight tackles him before he can do any further damage. Daryl watches helplessly from the other side of the walker-encrusted fence. Negan tells Dwight to back off and offers to show Carl around the compound. Carl refuses but complies after Negan threatens to chop off Daryl's arm.

Inside the Sanctuary, Negan addresses the crowd kneeling on the factory floor. He announces that the Saviors secured a big load of goods and everyone will get fresh vegetables at dinner, regardless of how many points they have. Negan then takes Carl to his apartment; he orders Carl to sit across from him and remove his hat and eye bandage.

"That is disgusting," he says with relish, seeing Carl's scarred eye socket. He carries on with his mockery of Carl's injury until Carl starts crying through humiliation. Negan in a rare act apologizes for hurting his feelings and tells him that he forgot he was a kid.

Carl taunts Negan for being unable to kill him, Rick, or Daryl. Negan suggests they take a car ride. Negan and Carl prepare to leave in the cargo truck. On their way out, Daryl warns Negan against hurting Carl. Negan tells Dwight to put Daryl back in his cell and drives off. Jesus, who'd been hiding on top of the truck, stays behind at the compound.

"Hearts Still Beating"[]

In Alexandria, Negan enjoys a shave in Rick's bathroom. He begins to instruct Carl about shaving techniques. At the Saviors' compound, Daryl escapes his cell. Negan sits at the head of the table and tells Carl to place a setting for Rick. Olivia pours lemonade for Negan. They all eat in silence. Negan says he's tired of waiting for Rick.

Gary rummages through the goods that Spencer collected and commends his hard work. Laura goes up to Spencer and offers to show him their compound, if he plays his cards right. She catches Eugene watching them and calls him out. Daryl sneaks down the hallways of the Saviors' compound. He hears Saviors approaching and ducks into Dwight's apartment. Inside, he devours a jar of peanut butter, changes into Dwight's clothes, and listens to the Saviors in the hall. He notices Dwight's carved figurines on a table and smashes it and flees the apartment.

Daryl escapes the building and runs into Fat Joey. Fat Joey surrenders and pleads for his life, but Daryl bludgeons him to death with the pipe. Jesus finds Daryl in the midst of bashing in Fat Joey's head. Daryl grabs Joey's gun (Rick's Colt Python) and hops on a motorcycle. Daryl and Jesus leave the compound. Spencer walks to Rick's house and introduces himself to Negan.

Rick and Aaron arrive at the Alexandria gate and are surprised to be greeted by Saviors, who inspect the goods that Rick and Aaron brought back from the lake. Negan shares a drink with Spencer on the porch and pines for a pool table. Spencer tells him where to find one. Negan smiles and calls Spencer his "new best friend".

The Saviors unload Rick and Aaron's cargo truck and David find the "congrats for winning, but you still lose" note. Enraged at the disrespect, he starts to beat up Aaron, believing the note was intended for them. Rick tries to intervene but is stopped by Laura, while Gary and David both savagely beat Aaron. They finish beating Aaron, then Rick helps him up; "My heart's still beating, right?", he asks Rick.

As Negan and Spencer play pool in the middle of the street, residents gather around to watch. Spencer tells Negan that Rick's ego is out of control and proposes that Negan appoint Spencer the new leader of Alexandria. He explains the situation about his parents dying not long after Rick's arrival.

Negan considers Spencer's betrayal. He points out that Rick is swallowing his hatred to gather goods for Negan so he won't kill anyone else. "That takes guts," he says. Negan wonders aloud why Spencer doesn't just kill Rick himself instead of sneaking around. Negan answers his own question: "It's because… you got no… guts," he says as he plunges a knife into Spencer's abdomen, disemboweling him. "There they are. They were inside you the whole time," Negan jokes as Spencer's guts spill out onto the asphalt, killing him.

Incensed, Rosita whips out her gun and shoots at Negan; however, the bullet hits Lucille instead. "SHIT! WHAT THE SHIT?!" Negan yells. Arat wrestles Rosita to the ground and holds her at knife-point. "SHIT! YOU JUST… YOU TRIED TO KILL ME! YOU SHOT LUCILLE!", Negan picks up the bullet casing and realizes it's homemade. He demands to know who made the bullet. Rosita lies and claims she made it herself as she presses her cheek against Arat's knife, cutting her own face.

Negan doesn't fall for it and orders Arat to kill someone; she then shoots Olivia in the head, killing her. Rick arrives at the scene with Aaron and tells Negan to leave upon being explained the situation. Negan agrees to go as soon as he learns who made the bullet. Tara falsely confesses to making the bullet, but as the Saviors turn their guns on her, Eugene steps up and tearfully admits it was him. Negan and his crew leave with Eugene in tow. Upon seeing that Spencer is reanimating, Rick angrily stabs him in the head.

"Rock in the Road"[]

Negan finds that Daryl has escaped and dispatches a search party to Alexandria. Simon immediately volunteers to lead the mission. He later arrives with a group of a dozen Saviors, moments after Rick's group returns to Alexandria. Rick innocently wonders why they are back so soon for tribute. Simon tells him they’re looking for Daryl.

The Saviors ransack Alexandria but come up empty. Simon notes that the pantry shelves are bare. Aaron explains that they're having a hard time scavenging, and Simon mocks the community. As the Saviors leave, he apologizes for messing the place, but warns Rick that the next supply pick-up is nearing. "Tick-tock, chop-chop!" he reminds Rick.

"New Best Friends"[]

Gavin, Jared and his group of Saviors arrives at their pickup location for the Saviors' collections. Gavin comments that the drop looks light, but Ezekiel tells him they have met their obligations and Gavin agrees. Jared says that he wants Richard's gun and the two men face off. Ezekiel tells Richard to hand over his gun, which he reluctantly does. When Jared lunges at Richard, Morgan strikes him with his staff.

Jared seizes the staff and hits Morgan with it, so Benjamin strikes Jared and sends him to the floor. Ezekiel bans Richard from attending future exchanges, but Gavin stops him and tells him to keep bringing Richard, and he will keep his word to kill him if he doesn't control his temper and as the Saviors prepare to leave, Morgan asks for his staff back but Jared leaves with it.

"Hostiles and Calamities"[]

At the Sanctuary, a group of Saviors discovers Fat Joey's body in the bike lot where Daryl killed him. Dwight forces his way to the front of the crowd and immediately notices a missing motorcycle. He panics and runs through the halls of the Sanctuary, until he arrives at Daryl's empty cell. It's moments after his escape.

Dwight grabs his walkie from his apartment and spots Daryl's prison clothes on the floor. He finds the note that Daryl received from his liberator and studies it: "Go now."

Negan returns to the compound with his new prisoner, Eugene, who shakes with terror as Laura, a female Savior, walks him deep into the bowels of the Sanctuary. She stops their march and opens a door. Eugene is surprised to see she's taken him to a private apartment, meant for him. As he explores his new digs, Laura reveals that Daryl has escaped. She asks Eugene if he has any leads to his whereabouts; Eugene tells her that he doesn't and assures her, with sincerity, that he’d tell her if he did.

Eugene continues inspecting his new commodities; he is delighted to find the fridge stocked with food and to learn that Laura can get him a meal of his choosing: he first asks for lobster, much to Laura's incredulity, then asks for canned pasta in tomato sauce. He's disappointed to learn that they're out of pickles.

Dwight sits in his room, examining the handwriting on the scrap of paper, "Go now." Saviors barge in and start to beat him savagely as Negan watches from the doorway. Dwight sits in Daryl's dark cell, terrified. Negan informs him that Sherry ran away and wonders if she helped Daryl escape. Dwight defends Sherry. Negan continues hypothesizing and questions whether Dwight changed his stripes and helped Daryl himself; he then orders Dwight to find Sherry and bring her back. In the infirmary, Dr. Carson stitches Dwight's wounds and remarks that Sherry was soft and probably helped Daryl escape. In a flash-forward, Dwight looks at a photo of himself and Sherry in happier times. Back in the present, Dwight retrieves his backpack from his apartment. He grabs a carton of cigarettes from a hiding spot. Inside the carton is a cigarette stained with Sherry's lipstick. Dwight leaves the compound on a motorcycle.

Laura shows Eugene around the factory floor and explains the Saviors' point system, which he's exempt from; he can take whatever he wants. She gifts him a jar of pickles. Outside, by the Sanctuary fence-line, Negan orders that Simon go lead a search party to Alexandria to search for Daryl. Eugene is brought before him and is given an intimidating introduction. When asked for his name, Eugene responds with "Eugene."

Negan then prompts the Saviors for their names and they respond in unison: "Negan." Negan terrifies Eugene by showing him the damage done to Lucille by his home made bullet. Negan grills Eugene about his credentials, asking if he is a "smarty pants". Scared, Eugene falls back on an old lie that he told Abraham and claims he has multiple PhDs and was part of the Human Genome Project.

Negan asks Eugene for advice on how to prevent his fence-line walkers from deteriorating. Eugene impresses Negan with his proposed solution: covering them in a shell of liquefied metal that will make the walkers indestructible once it dries. As a reward for his ingenuity, Negan offers to send several of his wives to Eugene's apartment. He also nicknames him "Dr Smarty Pants."

Eugene plays video games while three of Negan's wives watch. Tanya and Frankie sit next to him, while Amber sits away from the group, drinking. During conversation, Tanya jokingly asks if Eugene knows how to make a bomb. Eugene lists the ingredients he would need to make one.

Eugene walks outside with Amber, Tanya and Frankie. He mixes ingredients and ignites a balloon filled with hydrogen. The wives clap giddily.

Dwight rides his motorcycle through a dead suburb; he parks in front of an abandoned house and enters. He looks for Sherry in their old home, where they agreed to rendezvous if they ever got separated. He gazes at the photo of himself and Sherry in happier times. He finds a farewell note from Sherry, along with her wedding rings.

She admits to freeing Daryl and apologizes for forcing Dwight into Negan's world. Dwight is shaken with emotion; he places the rings in his cigarette carton. He puts pretzels and beer next to a candle, something that was mentioned in Sherry's letter.

Tanya and Frankie visit Eugene, seeking his help; they explain that Amber wants to commit suicide and ask if he can make some pills for her. Eugene reluctantly agrees. Eugene uses his position of power to cut in line in the marketplace and orders cold capsules. He also takes an unusual looking toy which he seems to like which he calls a "grimbly gunk". He goes back to his apartment and makes the pills.

Dr. Carson treats Dwight's wounds. Dwight tells him that he found Sherry caught up in walker trouble and killed her. Laura escorts Eugene to the factory floor, where a crowd has gathered around the furnace. Negan enters and points Lucille directly at Eugene. "You are gonna wanna pay close attention to this," he says.

Negan turns and whacks Lucille against Emmett Carson's shoulder. Negan accuses Emmett of helping Daryl escape in order to impress Sherry. He shows Dr. Carson a note from Sherry, which Dwight clipped from her farewell letter and planted in Dr. Carson's desk. "Goodbye. -- Honey," it reads. Emmett accuses Dwight of lying, but he quickly folds and falsely confesses when Negan threatens him with the iron.

Negan stares intently at Eugene before he grabs Dr. Carson and throws him face-first into the furnace, burning him alive. Negan puts his arm around Dwight, saying "Good thing we have a spare Dr. Carson." Frankie and Tanya visit Eugene in his apartment. He correctly guesses that the pills are for Negan, not Amber, and refuses to hand them over. Tanya calls him a coward and they leave.

Negan pays Eugene a visit. He tells Eugene that he doesn't make his invitation lightly and explains that he doesn't need to be scared anymore. Negan asks Eugene "Who are –" but before he finishes the question, Eugene seemingly betrays his former friends by responding "I'm Negan" Eugene, dressed in a dressing gown and eating pickles, oversees workers at the Sanctuary fence-line as they execute his plan to fortify the walkers with molten metal.

Dwight joins Eugene on the upper stairway. Dwight asks him if he's on board; Eugene assures him that he is. After trying to apologize for biting his groin there is a name exchange, Eugene ends his introduction with, "We are Negan." To this, Dwight reluctantly replies "...yeah."

"Say Yes"[]

While out scavenging, Rick and Michonne come upon the Saviors golfing in a field. They spot batteries in the Saviors' truck.

"Bury Me Here"[]

Ezekiel, Richard, Morgan and the Kingdommers arrive at the meeting point, where the Saviors await. Gavin reprimands Ezekiel for arriving late. Gavin interjects as Ezekiel begins explaining their delayed arrival.

Jerry tells him not to interrupt the King. Annoyed, Jared hits Jerry over the head with Morgan's fighting stick, which he previously took during their last drop. Benjamin mutters under his breath, "rat faced prick." Jared hears this and glares at him. Gavin inspects the offering, then demands their guns.

The two groups draw their weapons on each other. Richard advises Ezekiel to disarm and is promptly mocked by Jared. Ezekiel reluctantly complies. Gavin explains that he took their guns because things are going to get emotional.

He points out that they're short one cantaloupe. Ezekiel insists there are twelve cantaloupes. On inspection he counts them and realizes there are eleven. Gavin explains he's going to teach them a lesson so they understand the stakes. Jared raises his gun and points it at Richard, point blank. "Just do it," Richard tells him. Jared shifts his hand at the last second before pulling the trigger, and shoots Benjamin in the leg.

Shocked by the turn of events, Gavin chastises Jared and tells him to return Morgan's fighting stick and to the truck without saying a word, he reluctantly complies. Keeping with the lesson, Gavin orders Ezekiel to bring him the twelfth cantaloupe the next day. Meanwhile, Benjamin is bleeding out on the ground. After Ezekiel acknowledges what he owes Gavin, the crew quickly loads Benjamin onto the truck.

At the drop, Gavin asks after Benjamin. When no one replies, Gavin realizes that he has died. He becomes upset and furiously orders Jared to start walking back to their outpost without saying a word or doing anything to spark another issue, threatening to kill him if he did so. Jared complies and walks away from the exchange, appearing to be embarrassed at his superiors commands.

After his men receive the missing cantaloupe, Gavin witnesses Morgan attacking and strangling Richard, but Gavin allows him to as he wanted Richard to die, so he responds with "Let em be!" as the Saviors aim guns at Ezekiel and his men, likely to shoot if they attempted to stop Morgan.

Morgan then exposes Richard's plan about how made them late for their exchange that got Benjamin killed, and how he wanted war with the Saviors. He then stands up from the lifeless corpse of Richard. He assures Gavin that they "get it" and the Kingdom will honor their relationship going forward. Gavin is pleased to hear this, and he and his men leave without any further trouble.

"The Other Side"[]

Simon and his men returned to the Hilltop Colony and are still searching for Daryl. He spends some time with Gregory and they both agreed that if there is any trouble in the Hilltop, Gregory will come to the Savior's compound and they will take care of it. While there, he also took Harlan Carson from the Hilltop to the Sanctuary as a replacement for his late brother, Emmett Carson; whom Negan recently killed.

Rosita and Sasha later enters the Sanctuary. Negan emerges with Lucille outside the Sanctuary and greets Harlan Carson, who was taken from the Hilltop by Simon and his men. He hugs Eugene and hands him a Walkie-talkie before he walks back inside the Sanctuary, while Sasha is unable to get a clear shot from Negan.

That night, Sasha and Rosita kill a Savior accompanying Eugene in the courtyard and attempt to break him free. Eugene refuses and goes back inside.

Rosita keeps watch as Sasha slips through the fence. She closes the opening behind her at the last minute, locking Rosita out. Despite Rosita's protests, Sasha tells her it is not her time and that Alexandria still needs her. Rosita watches as Sasha guns down another Savior and breaks into the Sanctuary. Rosita bangs on the fence as gunfire erupts inside the building. As more Saviors arrive, Rosita grabs her bag and runs from the Sanctuary.

Rosita stops and sobs in frustration. She stops and notices a dark figure with a crossbow watching her.

"Something They Need"[]

Sasha, having failed to kill Negan off-screen, lies on the ground of Daryl's old cell, her arms and legs bound. David enters a cell in the Sanctuary, where Sasha is imprisoned. She asks for water, which David uses as a catalyst to sexually harass her. Before he can rape her, however, Negan intervenes and asks David what he was doing. However Negan is fully aware of his attempt and deems his actions as inhuman. David apologizes, but Negan doesn't accept it and stabs him in the neck, killing him.

Sasha assures Negan that Rick did not send her to assassinate him. Negan, impressed by Sasha's "lady nuts," asks her to join the Saviors. He unties her wrists, gives her his knife and presents his proposition: she can choose not to use the knife, allowing David to reanimate and kill her, or she can save herself and use the knife against David, but she'll have to join Negan's cause. He leaves the cell.

Eugene brings Sasha a blanket and pillow. He explains why he joined Negan and recommends she do the same as Abraham would want her to. Sasha glares at him and Eugene admits he wouldn't. Sasha orders him to leave as David starts to reanimate.

Negan opens the door to Sasha's cell and sees that Sasha has put down David with the knife. "You win," Sasha says, agreeing to join him. Negan retrieves the knife and says that Sasha needs to further convince him of her loyalty. He tells her that he knows Rick is formulating a plot against him and that he plans to enlist her help in stopping him.

Rick's group returns to Alexandria where Rosita opens the gate for them. Jesus asks about Sasha's whereabouts, but Rosita doesn't answer and tells them there is someone there to see them.

Rosita leads the group to the jail, where Dwight is being held. Daryl charges at him but is held back by Rick and Michonne as Rosita insists he wants to help them.

"The First Day of the Rest of Your Life"[]

Dwight offers to help Rick's group ambush Negan and the 20 Saviors that are coming to Alexandria and from there, take out the Sanctuary and the other Savior outposts. Rick eventually agrees and summons the Scavengers to help fight.

When the Saviors arrive at Alexandria, its revealed that the Scavengers have betrayed the Alexandrians in exchange for a better deal from the Saviors. While the Saviors have the upper hand at first, Negan is caught off-guard when he releases a captive Sasha Williams from a coffin only to find that she has committed suicide and reanimated as a walker.

Sasha's attack gives the Alexandrians the chance to fight back, but the Saviors quickly regain control of the situation. In punishment, Negan prepares to kill Carl Grimes with Lucille and then take off Rick's hands, but the Kingdom and the Hilltop join the fight, catching the Saviors completely off-guard and forcing them and the Scavengers to retreat.

Both the Saviors and the Scavengers take heavy casualties in the battle.

Following the battle, the Saviors prepare for war with the combined forces of Alexandria, the Kingdom and the Hilltop. Negan addresses a crowd at the Sanctuary, informing them of the situation.

Season 8[]


The Saviors first appear when leaving the Sanctuary in response to the explosion. Rick and his group track down Savior lookouts. The Saviors are then attacked by Rick and the militia when at the Sanctuary.

"The Damned"[]

The Saviors first appear at the Shepherd Office Plaza preparing, they are then attacked by the militia. At the end of the episode a group of Saviors are captured, including Jared.


The Saviors continue to be attacked at Regina's outpost, at the end of the episode, a group of Saviors manage to eliminate many Kingdom soldiers at Gavin's place.

"Some Guy"[]

The Saviors appeared in this episode.

"The Big Scary U"[]

The Saviors appeared in this episode.

"The King, the Widow, and Rick"[]

The Saviors appeared in this episode.

"Time for After"[]

The Saviors appeared in this episode.

"How It's Gotta Be"[]

The Saviors appeared in this episode.


In a flashback, Morgan watches as several Saviors suddenly open fire on the walkers outside the Sanctuary with machine guns, eliminating several before more Saviors emerge through the doors to kill the rest. Under attack by the Saviors, Morgan flees outside and manages to set several walkers upon his pursuers, allowing Morgan to escape.

In Alexandria, the Saviors continue their bombardment of the town while the residents hide in the sewers. After a brief argument about what to do, Dwight convinces the group to wait until the Saviors are finished before heading for the Hilltop as the Saviors lack the ammunition to fully destroy the town. Eventually, the Savior attack subsides and the Alexandrians are able to safely begin their journey to the Hilltop.

With Gavin and the Saviors in the Kingdom preparing to transport Ezekiel to the Sanctuary, Morgan and Carol launch a rescue mission, stealthily killing multiple Saviors. As Gavin expresses remorse over what will happen to Ezekiel, Ezekiel attempts to convince Gavin to let him go with no success. As the attack continues, the surviving Saviors retreat into the Kingdom auditorium where Carol, Morgan and Ezekiel kill all but Gavin who escapes. As Carol and Ezekiel attempt to talk Morgan down from executing Gavin, Gavin is killed from behind by Henry.

"The Lost and the Plunderers"[]

The Saviors appeared in this episode.

"Dead or Alive Or"[]

The Saviors appeared in this episode.

"The Key"[]

The Saviors first appear at the Sanctuary coating their weapons in walker guts. A large group of 50 Saviors depart the Sanctuary along with Negan bond for the Hilltop. When Negan is run off the road, the Saviors stop down an alley whilst Dwight and Simon locate Negan. When next seen, they are told that Negan is gone and are rallied by Simon to eliminate the Hilltop.

"Do Not Send Us Astray"[]

The Saviors are shown arriving outside the Hilltop gates. Several are gunned down by Daryl, the Saviors then infiltrate the Hilltop. Several are killed when the militia opens fire. The Saviors then attempt to sneak up to Barrington House but are ambushed and many are killed. The remaining Saviors then retreat.

"Still Gotta Mean Something"[]

At the Hilltop, the former Savior prisoners who chose to remain, including Alden, have been released from their captivity and included into the community.

In the aftermath of the Saviors attack on the Hilltop, the Militia regroups and prepares for a possible second attack. Realizing that Eugene could make more bullets for the Saviors, Rosita and Daryl stake out the Bullet Factory Outpost and discover Eugene receiving a shipment of hundreds of bullet casing to create new bullets with. Daryl and Rosita decide to take out Eugene rather than focusing their attack on the machines in the outpost to bring a halt to the Saviors bullet production.

At the same time, Rick searches for the escaped Savior prisoners with the help of a lead from Alden. Rick and Morgan are captured by the escaped Saviors who Rick offers the chance to join the Hilltop community. As a herd attacks, the Saviors free Rick and Morgan and they battle the walkers together before Rick and Morgan turn on the Saviors, killing those the walkers don't get. During the fight, Morgan traps Jared so that he is eaten by several walkers in order to avenge Benjamin.


The majority of the episode takes place at the Sanctuary, the Saviors are seen throughout. A handful of Saviors support Simon's coup against Negan. They are ambushed by the Saviors loyal to Negan. The Saviors are then present when Negan and Simon fight. When Dwight is exposed, the Saviors appear with Negan to capture Dwight.


A huge group of over 100 Saviors appear at the Sanctuary preparing to attack Rick's group. Negan sends out a small detachment of Saviors to keep up the ruse of his false plan. Negan then ambushes Rick with all of his Saviors. However the tampered bullets made by Eugene incapacitate and kill many of the Saviors. The battle is a rout and the Saviors not killed are taken prisoner. The Saviors, now greatly diminished, return to the Sanctuary after the fall of Negan.

Season 9[]

"A New Beginning"[]

The Saviors appeared in this episode.

"The Bridge"[]

The Saviors appeared in this episode.

"Warning Signs"[]

The Saviors appeared in this episode.

"The Obliged"[]

The Saviors appeared in this episode.

"What Comes After"[]

The Saviors appeared in this episode.

"Who Are You Now?"[]

In the six years since Rick Grimes' apparent death, the Saviors have disbanded. Several, including Laura, D.J. and Frankie have joined other communities, particularly Alexandria, while Jed, Regina and around at least seven others have become rough raiders since The Sanctuary went "bust." After the former Saviors attack Carol and Henry, Carol finds them after finding supplies that belonged to Carol’s friends though Jed insisted that they had nothing to do with the disappearance of her friends and just found the supplies. Jed pleads with Carol, promising that she will never see them again. Unmoved, Carol proceeds to light the match, setting Jed and the other Saviors on fire and burning them alive, ending the Saviors permanently.


An escaped Negan returns to the Sanctuary, only to find it completely abandoned by the Saviors aside from the zombified Richie and five unnamed zombified Saviors. After trying to live on his own for a short time, Negan abandons the Sanctuary and his life as a Savior and returns to Alexandria, putting down the zombified Saviors in the process.


While arguing over the situation at the Kingdom, Michonne reveals that when the Sanctuary fell, the Alexandria council voted to open their doors to the Saviors which she is willing to do for the Kingdom as well but doesn't believe it will be accepted.


After an ambush by The Highwaymen, Dianne tells everyone rumors she heard at the Hilltop about Jed and his group of rogue Saviors operating in the area. Without revealing her slaughter of Jed's group, Carol states that it wasn't Jed and his Saviors. Its suggested that the death of Jed and his group opened the door for the Highwaymen to take over their territory.

Season 10[]

"What We Become"[]

While hallucinating from Virgil's tea, Michonne hallucinates herself as a Savior taking part in several of the actual events such as the first raid on the Satellite Outpost and Negan's murder of Glenn and Abraham.

Season 8: Fear the Walking Dead[]


The Saviors will appear in this episode.

Season 1: Dead City[]

"Old Acquaintances"[]

Maggie seeks out Negan's help in rescuing Hershel from the Croat, having realized that the Croat is a former Savior because he had used their whistle while kidnapping her son. Negan tells Maggie that there were a lot of psychos amongst the Saviors, but even amongst them, the Croat "always stood out as being an exceptionally insane son of a bitch."

Perlie Armstrong later mentions Negan's leadership of the Saviors to a bar full of people, telling them that Negan had "built up an empire like a greedy king." In addition, the group briefly appears in a nightmare that Maggie has of Negan's brutal murder of Glenn.

"Who's There?"[]

An emotional Negan finally explains that "right around the time that the world turned into shit soup, the Croat showed up at my door so to speak. He had been through... well, let's just say he had been through some really bad shit. Worst shit imaginable. So, I took him in. Kept him from brain painting the walls. Pretty soon he was calling me his brother, Buraz. Said that I made him feel safe. I guess at that point everyone was looking for a little sanctuary from the hellfire we'd all been damned to, I mean we'd lost everything. The thing is, I um, I really thought I was helping him." Maggie guesses that it takes a monster to make one, but Negan corrects her that "you see, I was only a monster when I absolutely had to be. When I had to put on a show to protect my people. Anyway, the... the Croat he had a way of uh... reading people. And then toying with them, and pulling them apart. When a threat needed to be handled, it was a skillset that I found very useful." Maggie realizes that the Croat was Negan's torturer, but Negan admits that "he took it too far. It was um... one of our first skirmishes with the Kingdom, before your time. A person had holed up in a car a couple of miles from the Sanctuary. It seemed to me she was a drifter, nothing to do with us or anything we were up to. So, I gave a direct order: let her walk. The Croat, he... he saw it differently. Thought that the... thought that she had beans to spill. And he was right: she was a... a scout. At least that's what she copped to before uh... before he... She was just a kid. So, after that, I knew that he was a rabid dog that needed to be put down. I had one shot. One. I missed. Blew off his ear, the rest of him got away. I haven't seen or heard from him since. Until now, of course." Maggie realizes that this means that the Croat is going to want to kill Negan which he confirms. Maggie is angry that Negan didn't tell her this before, but Negan points out that he does know how the Croat operates.

"People Are a Resource"[]

Negan and Maggie realize from Amaia and Tommaso's story that the Croat has made the Burazi as his own twisted version of the Saviors.

In an attempt to convince Amaia and Tommaso to help, Negan tells them that "I am, um, getting an old feeling of deja vu. 12, 15 years ago there was a... a fella down south. Showed up outta nowhere, a lot like this guy. Everybody flocked to him because he knew what they needed, what they wanted. Protection. Sanctuary. So, he built a badass fortress. Formed an army out of psychopaths. And he forced people to join. And if they didn't, the hammer came down. Now, soon enough, the people they got fed up with him. So, they got together. And they decided it was time to take that hammer back." Amaia and Tommaso listen with interest, as does Maggie who recognizes the story as that of Negan himself, the Saviors, and his defeat by Alexandria, the Hilltop, the Kingdom and Oceanside. Tommaso asks what happened and Maggie and Negan reveal that the revolt worked. The story convinces the two to stand up to the Croat and the Burazi and to help them.

"Everybody Wins a Prize"[]

In a flashback, Negan sits at a table full of food in the Sanctuary, Lucille sitting in a nearby chair. Negan sketches what appears to be plans for the Sanctuary's walker fence, before being interrupted by Simon with the news that they have a problem. Simon leads Negan, carrying Lucille, to a cell, telling his boss that he'd "told him to kibosh that shit. Said you gave the order, but you know he don't listen to me." While Simon isn't going to say I told you so, a lot of people are saying that it's time to reign the Croat in, suggesting that Negan invest more authority in someone like himself.

The Croat leads Negan and Simon into the cell, telling them that the girl confessed that she was sent by the King, just like he thought. Simon reminds the Croat that Negan had given a direct order to let the girl go, but the Croat states that his process takes time, reminding Simon that he'd determined the location of the hidden arms cache at the Hilltop. Simon is sure that he would've found it eventually and Simon argues with the Croat as Negan looks in horror at the Kingdom scout - just a young girl - who has been brutally tortured to death by the Croat and then stabbed in the head in order to keep her from reanimating. Simon calls the Croat "a Slavic, psychopathic, nut job" and - despite his own hypocrisy in the matter - angrily confronts the other Savior over harming kids which is a line that they don't cross. The Croat appeals to Negan for understanding as they had to be sure.

In the present, after reuniting with Negan for the first time since Negan had tried to kill him years before, the Croat tells Negan that "I saw Jerome on the mainland. He told me about the war with the Hilltop, the Kingdom... Alexandria. I should've been there. I can only imagine the damage Simon caused. He never listened... never really listened to you. It's okay. It's okay you lost the Sanctuary, 'cause I have built a new one! And we'll keep going. We'll build something bigger, stronger! The whole island will become our sanctuary, fueled by the death in its bowels."

"Doma Smo"[]

The Croat tells Maggie and Negan of his search for Negan, including a visit to the long-abandoned Sanctuary and interrogating Jerome for information. Jerome had told the Croat about Negan's murder of Glenn, causing the Croat to seek out Maggie.

The Croat fondly recalls the Saviors' second visit to the River People after they refused to comply with Negan's demands from their first visit. Negan had marched right up to their leader with Lucille before offering that bat to the Croat who had only just arrived at the Sanctuary, broken from the brutal loss of his family. Negan saw something in the Croat and what he could become, and he allowed the Croat to have a crack at it. Not knowing what he was doing, the Croat had missed the first time and then hit the man with far too much force the second time to the point that the Croat was lucky that the man was still breathing. However, Negan didn't get upset with him and took his time with the patience to show him how to do it right. Once the man's head was destroyed, the Croat saw what Negan told him that he'd see from the crowd: complete and total submission. "We were untouchable. No one could ever take anything from us again." Negan admits that he remembers that and that it was beautiful when the Croat asks.




  • Tanya (Former Gardener/Concubine/Chef)
  • Amber (Former Concubine)
  • Potter (Former Worker)
  • Gina (Former Worker/Vendor)
  • José (Former Worker)
  • Brooke (Former Worker)
  • John (Former Worker)
  • Mel
  • Mark (Former Guard)
  • Todd (Former Worker)
  • Emmett Carson (Former Doctor)
  • Maria (Former Worker)
  • Savior 11 (Former Worker)
  • At least 2 unnamed concubines (Formerly)
  • At least 2 unnamed prisoners (Formerly)
  • At least 51 unnamed workers (Formerly)

Savior Marauders[]

  • Jed (Former Leader)
  • Regina (Former Lieutenant/Council Seat)
  • At least 7 unnamed Saviors


Killed Victims[]



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  • According to Robert Kirkman who gave his description on this group - "I think the Saviors are dangerously organized. The Wolves were psychotic, the Hunters had a lot of weaknesses. When it comes to the Saviors, and Negan in particular, the way I've always thought about this in the comics is this is a group that's led by a guy who's had his morality dial a few clicks away from Rick toward the darker aspects of his personality, but is still an intellectual and capable leader who's kept his group alive against all odds just as long as Rick has. It's really the best encountering the best. When these two forces come head to head, things are going to get interesting. This is a much different group than they've ever encountered. The Saviors are a group they're not really prepared for."
  • It appears that the Saviors use some kind of whistle to threaten and play with the people they're aiming to extort.
  • In "Here's Negan", Negan is revealed to be a former gym teacher. A baseball hat he wears is labeled "Saviors Athletics", revealing he named his group after the mascot of the school where he worked at.
  • The Saviors are the largest group encountered on the show so far when, at their prime, they had close to 600 members.
    • With the deaths of at least 200 Saviors in "Wrath", there are roughly 50 former soldiers still alive in the Sanctuary, as well as a small number of former workers.
    • With the deaths of Jed, Regina and seven other Saviors, there are no antagonistic Saviors left, as Negan has renounced his ways.
  • The Saviors are the longest recurring antagonistic group on The Walking Dead.
  • The Saviors have killed the largest amount of living survivors than any other antagonistic group encountered on the show.
  • The Saviors are also the first antagonistic group to exterminate another antagonistic group: the Scavengers.
  • The Saviors are the first antagonistic group to renounce their antagonistic ways.
  • In "Chokepoint", it is suggested that the slaughter of Jed's group of Savior marauders opened the way for a new antagonistic group, the Highwaymen, to take over their territory. However, the Highwaymen prove to be far more reasonable and renounce their antagonistic ways after the Kingdom offers them a deal for their help.
  • As mentioned, the main mistake of the fall of the Negan regime is that before the war he did not think of sending potential instigators of the uprising to different communities and isolating, namely, some residents of Alexandria Safe Zone. A vivid example of this method of tactics to eliminate the rioters was used by Virginia - the leader of the Pioneers, whose communities were located in southern Oklahoma and northern Texas, she understood that Morgan's group could violate her regime, so she sent members of the group to different communities, and tried to kill Morgan himself, which she failed.