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The moment comic readers (and non-readers in the know) had been dreading all season finally came to pass on The Walking Dead, with Alpha (Samantha Morton) and the Whisperers sending a message to stay out of their territory by killing 10 members of the Alexandria coalition and putting their zombified severed heads on pikes for their friends to find. It was horrifying and upsetting, but narratively satisfying. The whole season had been building to this episode, and it paid off. The AMC show's execution of the moment also deviated from the comic in a way that made it less depressing and far more galvanizing.
The 10 characters killed were Highwaymen Ozzy (Angus Sampson) and Alek (Jason Kirkpatrick); Saviors-turned-Alexandrians D.J. (Matt Mangum) and Frankie (Elyse DuFour); Hilltoppers Tammy Rose (Brett Butler), Addy (Kelley Mack), and Rodney (Joe Ando Hirsh); Enid (Katelyn Nacon); Tara (Alanna Masterson); and Henry (Matt Lintz). With the exception of Tammy Rose, this is an entirely different crew from who were killed in the comics. In the series' source material, the major deaths were Rosita and Ezekiel, both of whom were thankfully spared on the show.
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Like in the comics, Rosita (Christian Serratos) is pregnant, but the show has taken a slightly more hopeful turn (more on that later) and isn't going to kill a pregnant woman just for shock value. Instead, the mother killed was Tammy Rose, who just adopted a baby the Whisperers abandoned, which gave her something to live for after losing her son in the season premiere (keep an eye on Earl [John Finn], her husband, who might go into a complete tailspin now after losing his son and his wife). And the young person in love who was killed was Enid, who had just defined her relationship with Alden (Callan McAuliffe) and had a lot...
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